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What If I Do Not Have a Passport?

Exemptions to the DV Lottery passport requirement.

As of 2019, the US Government started requiring that applicants have a valid and unexpired passport in order to participate in the Green Card Lottery.

You can still participate if you do not have a passport if you can claim one of three situations.

You can participate without a passport if:

  • you are stateless;
  • you are a national of a Communist controlled country and are unable to obtain a passport; or
  • you are the beneficiary of a waiver approved by the United States Government.

You must indicate the reason when you register.