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Passport Requirements

In 2019, the US State Department has issued a new regulation for participation in the US Green Card Lottery. In addition to the existing mandatory data, a valid passport of the main applicant was from now on required to enter the draw. Find out why this increases your chance to win!

What data must be entered?

The US authorities give away more than 55,000 Green Cards per year, which allow unlimited living and working in the USA. Over 14 million people from all over the world take part in the Green Card Lottery each year. The electronic application form requires the following details from the applicant:

  • full name
  • sex
  • date and place of birth as well as country of birth
  • current address
  • e-mail address
  • Passport number & Issuing country
  • Passport expiration date
  • highest level of education
  • a digital photo
  • marital status
  • number of children
  • if applicable, data and photos of spouse and child(ren)

Since you will need a passport in case of a win, the passport regulation only facilitates the further procedure.

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A valid passport is required to participate in the Green Card Lottery.

In order for us to ensure that your application is guaranteed to be accepted by the US authorities, your passport must be valid at least until the end of the official participation period.

Note: In case your passport expires before the lottery results are announced, you must keep your invalidated passport or a copy of it. If you win, you should be able to prove to the US consulate why your passport number has changed.

What happens if I don't fill out all the fields?

The former participation rules did not explain what would happen if the required information was not provided. However, the amended US regulation clarifies that applicants in the DV Lottery will be disqualified if they fail to submit any data (including a valid photo).

This is actually not a big change, but could be a hint towards stricter handling by the US authorities in case of minor typos or mistakes in the original entry. A flawless entry is now more important than ever!

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Do I also have to provide my family's passport details?

No! Only the passport details of the main applicant need to be entered for registering in the Green Card Lottery. You do not have to provide passport details of your spouse or children. However, if you want to double your chances by submitting two entries as a married couple, both applicants need to provide their details.

A family holds up a US flag

For the Green Card Lottery application, the passport information of the spouse or children does not need to be provided.

Why is there a passport regulation?

The regulation was passed to combat fraud related to the official Green Card Lottery. It had become customary in some countries that third parties or fraudulent agents submitted DV Lottery entries of people without their consent, by stealing photos from social media accounts or previous applications.

In case that any such person would "win" the lottery, these third parties would then blackmail the unknowing applicants into paying exorbitant sums for receiving their winning certificate.

Since passport data are not as readily available as photos or other data, and are also very unique to each person, this should cut down overall fraud related to entries into the Green Card Lottery.

A flawless entry is more important than ever!

The revised US Government regulation makes it very clear that all applicants for the lottery who submit incomplete or inaccurate data will be disqualified without exception.

With those regulations, it is more important than ever to submit a flawless entry into the US Green Card Lottery! Our experts will review all applications carefully and submit them to the US authorities in due form and time! We are the only agency worldwide with a government license for this type of emigration consulting (§1 AuswSG, Fed.Germ.Law).

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Increased chances of winning...

Yes, it is more difficult to enter the DV Lottery and some people may have to apply for a new passport for the pure chance of winning a raffle. But the positive consequences should not be underestimated:

1) Due to fewer participants

A lot of people will likely abstain from participating in the lottery because they lack the time, money or motivation to apply for a passport. This will effectively eliminate almost all applicants who in recent years took part "just for fun".

Much fewer participants mean much better chances! This could be your best chance to win the lottery and you should not miss it just because you think it´s not worth it to provide your passport information or to get a new passport!

2) Due to our participation guarantee

On top of this, the chances for all The American Dream customers are significantly increased anyway, as we guarantee the on-time, correct participation in the official US Green Card Lottery, and free counseling as a winner.

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Positive signal for the Green Card Lottery

The positive consequences are not yet over: The fact that the US government changes and tightens the rules of the Green Card Lottery instead of abolishing it completely can be considered a very strong positive signal.

The more secure the lottery gets and the more anti-fraud measures it implements, the more difficult it will be for its opponents to remove it in the future.

Can I submit my passport details later?

Yes, if you participate in the DV Lottery with The American Dream, you can register with just a few clicks and add your passport details at any time afterwards by logging in to your customer account. This would not be possible if you participated without the help of The American Dream.

Please note, however, that both your photo and your passport details must be submitted by October 15th, 2022.

So take advantage of the increased chances and secure your participation in the next lottery!

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