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Passport Requirements

More details about the passport requirement.

You must have a valid and unexpired passport or provide an acceptable reason why you do not have a passport in order to participate in the Green Card Lottery.

Only the primary applicant is required to have a passport. (Spouses and children are not required to have passports.)

On the application form you must provide your full name as it appears on your passport, your passport's country of issuance, and its expiration date.

Passport exceptions.

You do not need a passport if:

  • You are stateless,
  • You are a national of a Communist controlled country and unable to obtain a passport, OR
  • You are the beneficiary of a waiver approved by the United States Government.

Additional information is available about special passport circumstances.


Passports from Different Countries

Passports from Different Countries