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Special Chargeability Guidelines for the DV Program

Understanding birthplace rules for Diversity Visa eligibility.

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Do you have special country chargeability?

When applying for the Diversity Visa (DV) program, an essential element for applicants to be aware of is the concept of "special chargeability." Special chargeability refers to specific circumstances where individuals, even if born in one location, are accounted for under another country for the purposes of the DV program.

In the context of the application, an applicant's special chargeability must be indicated under the "Country Claimed" section on the Green Card Lottery application. This is crucial, as the claimed country determines eligibility based on the set quotas.

Middle East

Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt

Persons born in areas administered prior to June 1967 by these countries are chargeable to the respective country.

  • Gaza Strip natives are chargeable to Egypt.
  • West Bank natives are chargeable to Jordan.
  • Golan Heights natives are chargeable to Syria.
  • East Jerusalem natives are chargeable to Israel.


Macau S.A.R. and Taiwan

  • Persons born in Macau S.A.R. are considered part of the Europe region and derive eligibility from Portugal for the DV program.

Japan and Russia

  • Individuals born in the Habomai Islands, Shikotan, Kunashiri, and Etorofu are chargeable to Japan.
  • Those born in Southern Sakhalin are chargeable to Russia.


Macau S.A.R.

  • Although geographically located in Asia, for the purposes of the DV program, individuals born in Macau S.A.R. are part of the Europe region and derive eligibility from Portugal.

Northern Ireland

  • For the DV program, Northern Ireland is treated separately and does qualify. It is chargeable to itself, Northern Ireland.

This above information provides an overview of areas with unique chargeability conditions. It's essential to ensure you fully understand these conditions when applying for the Diversity Visa program. If necessary, consult with us for advice and clarity.

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