OK – this one should be pretty simple but it trips people up ALL THE TIME…
Certain countries are ineligible to apply for the lottery. THe reason for that is that the DV lottery program is specifically there to facilitate diversity in the immigration process. If countries already have high numbers of emigration to the USA then they become ineligible for the DV lottery. The countries that are ineligible can change year to year and in DV2016 the list of ineligible countries is as follows:-
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,
El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea,
United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.
This is actually unchanged from DV2015, although that year saw Nigeria added to the list.
OK – so what does this mean?
If you were born in one of the ineligible countries you most likely cannot participate in the DV lottery (there are some exceptions, which I will explain later). Note I said “born in”. Let’s repeat that – “BORN IN”. Even though the instructions are clear about this point people keep getting this wrong. It does not matter where you live, it doesn’t matter what passport you hold or citizenship. This is based on nativity – the place you were born.
OK – I said there are some exceptions. Yes there are. The main one is eligibility through marriage – this exception allowed me to enter the lottery… if you were born in an ineligible country, but are married to someone born in an eligible country then you and your spouse can both enter – you charging to her country. So – I was born in the UK (ineligible), but my wife is a native (was born in) Spain. I therefore entered and chose Spain as the country of my changeability. It is important to note that this marriage must be legal at the point of the eDV entry. You cannot enter today and find someone to marry from an eligible country. One second point about this is that if you do win and charge to your spouse’s country you both must meet the other requirement (education/work experience – explained here). This second point is very important. In this scenario, if your spouse wins (and she is native of the eligible country) then your education/work experience is not important (not even checked). If however you win then you will both have to prove that you meet the requirement for education/work experience.
There is also another exception known as the missionary exception. Let’s say you were born in an ineligible country because your parents were there temporarily, you may be able to chose to be charged to either one of their countries of birth. This is obviously more difficult to prove, but what is important is that you have to show your parents were not permanent residents your country of birth at the time and neither parent was born in the same country as you. This is normally because a multinational company or organization has sent your parents for a temporary period – typically (though not always) leaving after a period of time. If you think this exception might apply to you, I suggest you contact me and explain the situation so that I can give you an opinion on whether you can make a case or not.
Please read this important update about elective cross charging.
July 20, 2019 at 20:45
I was selected for dv2020 and my case number is 2020AF00053XXX.
I made a mistake in my DV entry by writing A as my country of chargeability while I was supposed to write B (a bordering country in which I was born).I understand this can lead to disqualification. I am aware it can be forgiven as country A and B are in the same region only on condition that I do not gain any benefit from that.
My question: Do you think selecting A as my country of chargeability with more selectees (6xx) while B has less selectees (3xx) is going to be considered as a benefit gained from the mistake? Any additional advice?
I appreciate the time you spend responding to our questions.
July 20, 2019 at 21:28
It helps to know the countries, but assuming that your numbers are accurate, there is no problem.
July 20, 2019 at 21:53
Thank you Simon! You are such a gift to this world. May you and yours be blessed
July 23, 2020 at 20:59
I have same problem but different regions area where I born in AS but I change area chargeability to AF now I know I have high chance to be rejected my question
If there is any hop ?
July 24, 2020 at 04:06
How can I possibly answer without knowing the specifics?
October 1, 2021 at 22:11
Brit, my case Is similar I inputted Chile instead of Venezuela… Both are in same region and Chile has less winners than Venezuela.
May I be desquilified?
October 2, 2021 at 15:27
Should be ok.
August 4, 2019 at 09:12
I have been selected for the DV2020 Lottery. I meet the education and work requirements but
I made a mistake in my initial entry, placing the country of chargeability in OC instead of EU.
I am an Australian citizen but born in Italy from Italian parents.
I already submitted my DS260 but found later about “9 FAM 42.33 N4.3 Errors in Choice of Country of Chargeability”.
It is highly likely that I will be disqualified. My questions:
– Is it worth to continue the process (medical visit and interview)?
– If not is there a way to withdraw from it (i.e. writing to the USCIS or the US Embassy in Australia) to avoid a denial that can have consequences in future visa applications (i.e non-migrant)?
Looking forward to hear from you.
August 4, 2019 at 14:48
1. No (unless you are married to someone from OC region)
August 5, 2019 at 03:20
Thanks for your reply and patience. I asked twice as the browser did not immediately visualize my query.
I would suggest to implement few lines on how the “ask a question” option would work.
September 11, 2019 at 17:47
I have been selected for the DV2020 Lottery.case number:2020EU00050XXX However, unfortunately I mistakenly chose Turkey instead of Iran at the time of initial registration for Chargeability .Even in all cases for address insertion, I inserted the address of Iran. I filled out and submitted the DS-260 form completely with the correct information.
Now my question is:
Do you think there is any chance that the consular officer had pardoned the mistake during the interview?
Has anyone been in a similar situation to me? If yes plz email me.
I appreciate the time you spend responding to my questions.
September 11, 2019 at 18:40
The CO has ZERO latitude to pardon this mistake. You have an EU number, but should instead have an AS number. You were, in essence, in the wrong draw, and COs are instructed to deny such cases.
The ONLY chance you could have is if you were married at the time of entry to someone from the EU region (Turkey), and were using Turkey as your country of chargeability through elective cross charging.
September 11, 2019 at 19:52
thanks so much Simon
I think you are absolutely right
In fact, my main misfortune is that although Turkey and Iran are geographically neighboring and both are in the Asia, Middle East, Turkey is politically part of the European continent and Iran is part of Asia.
And I don’t know if it’s going to be considered or not
September 11, 2019 at 22:19
As I already told you, proceeding would be a waste of time and money. Nothing can be “considered”.
October 3, 2019 at 16:22
Hi Simon, we’re thinking about applying but I have a question about chargeability. My husband was born in Colombia, his dad is from Trinidad and his mother from Colombia. But she was a resident of Trinidad at the time, not of Colombia. They just spend 5 months in Colombia so my husband could be born there, and then they went back to Trinidad. We would like for him to apply charged to Trinidad since is his dad’s country, but I’m confused if we can or not, I found that in the instructions of the government it says:
“Were you born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but in which neither of your parents was born OR legally resident at the time of your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth of one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2021 program” and in the FAQ of the same document it says: “Second, you can be “charged” to the country of birth of either of your parents as long as neither of your parents was born in OR a resident of your country of birth at the time of your birth. People are not generally considered residents of a country in which they were not born or legally naturalized, if they were only visiting, studying in the country temporarily, or stationed temporarily for business or professional reasons on behalf of a company or government of a COUNTRY OTHER THAN WHICH YOU WERE BORN.” Also my husband grew up and studied his full school till high school in Trinidad and he’s a Citizen of Trinidad too because of his dad. Do you think is possible for him to apply charged to Trinidad. It would be really good if you can give me your opinion bases on your experience. Thanks 🙂
October 3, 2019 at 21:07
No he cannot apply. He cannot use the parent country exception because one parent is from his country of birth.
December 8, 2020 at 18:51
Okay if he born in country are eligible like (oman) and his father and mother (each of them were born in an eligible country too like (egypt) .
Can he use egypt as his country of eligibility
December 8, 2020 at 19:19
No. That exception (called the missionary exception) should only be used where the country of birth is ineligible.
October 3, 2019 at 16:49
Hello Mr Simon. thank you for providing useful help to anyone who wants to achieve the Green Card in the US.
My spouse has 2 nationalities but her born country nationality passport is expired.
She has another elegible nationality passport, so my question is: Can we apply with that unexpired passport? Is important to mention that I will apply with my born nationality passport. Thank you.
October 3, 2019 at 21:08
He can apply with the unexpired passport, but must list his country of birth accurately.
October 3, 2019 at 22:44
Hello,please is there a draw in October for dv 2020?
October 4, 2019 at 04:31
No – it looks like it did not happen.
October 6, 2019 at 21:33
Hello Mr Simon.
I want to be sure about the new DV Lottery 2021 rule. Specifically for the passport section where it says: In order to submit an entry for the Diversity Visa program, you must currently possess a valid, unexpired passport from your country of nationality, unless exempt (see below). Please answer A or B.
I was born in a DV Lottery 2021 eligible country, and I live in a neighboring country that is also eligible for DV Lottery 2021.
My question is whether I can apply with a passport from the country in which I live, or I must apply with a passport from the country where I was born. I currently do not have a passport from the country where I was born.
Thank you in advance for the answer.
October 7, 2019 at 03:56
Don’t confuse nationality (current citizenship.passport) with nativity (country of birth). You can be born in and register under country A but present a passport from country B.
October 6, 2019 at 22:20
I wanna ask if my wife’s parent (EGYPTIAN) lived in Saudi Arabia temporarily resident and she was born there but she is not a permenant residence nor citizen in Saudi Arabia. All here papers are from Egypt (passport) -… is she eligible to Saudi Arabia or egypt?!!
October 7, 2019 at 03:58
SA. And she must show documents that prove she was born there.
October 8, 2019 at 20:31
Hello Mr Simon.
I have a question
when I was completing the application I made a mistake. I was born and live in Albania but Albania is elegible and I chose involuntarily option (no) and again i chose Albania.
I’m penalized for this I’m worried.
I’m waiting for your answer. thank you
October 9, 2019 at 03:44
October 12, 2019 at 07:14
HI Simon please i am about to enter the dv lottery with my son but i’m worried cuz i’m a cameroonian eligible but his dad is a nigerian ineligible and we are not legally married i just want to play with my son is it possible? i will be waiting for your reply sir.
October 12, 2019 at 19:28
Yes you can include your son.
October 13, 2019 at 03:09
I was born in the Dominican Republic but I hold a Spanish passport from my mother. She was born too in the Dominican Republic but received her Spanish passport from her dad (who was actually born in Spain). Reading through your article it seems I don’t qualify.
Hoping you could clarify if there’s still a chance.
Thank you very much!
October 13, 2019 at 15:15
No you cannot qualify.
October 22, 2019 at 06:50
my wife principal aplicant in lottery 2020 and she was born in pakistan and came in kuwait after marrage before 10 years. i am from pakistan and born in kuwait i spend more then 9 month in pakistan before 20 years kcc ask me for police certificate should we get it from pakistan also.
and on usa visa website mention that pakistan dose not have a nationwide system to track criminal activities they are not required for consular processing
So is it no need in our case also?
October 22, 2019 at 23:01
You have to check the reciprocity page for Pakistan.
October 27, 2019 at 09:32
I was born in india but my parents live there temporary as a student for 5 years Furthermore I have eligible country passport now I live in europe the question is any chance to participate in this lottery ?
October 27, 2019 at 18:25
You can enter charging to one of your parents country of birth. If you win, you must prove that your parents were only in India temporarily, and neither parent can have been born in India.
October 29, 2019 at 11:22
Hi, Sorry but I couldn’t find anywhere else to ask this. I was about to complete my entry form and realised that my passport expires in February 2020. I will obviously renew this for another 10 years however this wont be done until after the applications close.
1, Is there a limit on the time left on a passport for the application or is more for accurate identification?
2, Upon applying for a renewal I will need to forfeit my current passport, when my new one arrives should I contact someone to update my passport details? I would be concerned that if my old passport number was checked and not current it would disqualify me.
October 29, 2019 at 15:58
1. Unexpired on the day of entry. That’s all.
2. No. If selected you would handle that in the next step.
November 2, 2019 at 13:24
I’m an Egyptian citizen applying for the lottery and i was born and currently live in Kuwait and i dont have a Kuwaiti citizenship what country should i choose to be my country of eligibility Egypt or Kuwait , and if i choose either of them can i be interviewed in an american embassy anywhere ?
November 2, 2019 at 16:18
Kuwait. Interview anywhere.
November 2, 2019 at 22:14
I filled out the DV-2021 lottery form yesterday, and I made a mistake where I claimed eligibility based on the country I hold a passport and citizenship which is Jordan. I was born in Libya but when I was asked ”Are you claiming eligibility based on the country where you were born?”, I answered No, and I entered Jordan instead of Libya. However, both Jordan and Libya are eligible countries but I am not sure if I will be disqualified from the DV lottery program because of this fault. Please advise. Thank you.
November 3, 2019 at 16:21
Yes that would cause disqualification. If selected you should not proceed.
November 3, 2019 at 17:40
Thank you Simon for your advice.
November 4, 2019 at 22:35
my husband and I are from an elegible country, but he has citizenship (Grenada) from another eligible country. can he apply with the grenadian citizenship
November 7, 2019 at 16:29
I was born in UAE for Sudanese parents who were studying there at the time and I hold Sudanese citizenship too.
When I filled my 2020DV lottery application form, I wrote that UAE is where I was born but chose Sudan as the country of my eligibility and I won with a case number that has AF instead of AS.
Based on your experience, if I could prove that my parents were there only for studying purposes and provided their birth certificates that shows they were born in Sudan, should that be enough?
November 9, 2019 at 04:33
That is the missionary exception – which only applies for cases where your country of birth is ineligible. You will be disqualified.
April 29, 2020 at 10:38
hello Simon, I won the dv lottery but I mistakenly chose germany instead of ghana as country of chargeability, is there any consequence
April 29, 2020 at 14:15
Yes, you will be disqualified.
April 29, 2020 at 14:22
Is there a possibility to depend on my parent’s country of eligibility in my application (Sudan) considering that they were in a temporary visit to UAE when I was born there?
Thanks in advance
April 29, 2020 at 15:43
Normally that exception is used when the actual birth country is not eligible. So you would not choose Sudan, especially given the ban.
June 8, 2020 at 00:29
Hi sir greetings thanks so much for your effort . Sir my country of chargeability is showing a city in my country where I live now which is not my country of of birth am from Africa but lives in Dubai my case number is 2021AF0000….. SO am confused am above 80000. Thanks
June 8, 2020 at 02:31
No – that is the post you would be assigned to – where the embassy is.
June 8, 2020 at 01:37
Greetings sir, it is written on my dv selectee letter _foriegn state chargeability: Ghana post: Abu Dhabi. Case number: 2021AF00000…. So I live in the United Arab Emirates . Am confused about the post Abu Dhabi which is mentioned in my letter. Because Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates where I Iive and where I was I time of application. Will affect me because I want to process my case but there without going back to Africa to do so. Thanks
June 8, 2020 at 02:34
THat was selected based on your current address. When you move you will inform KCC and they will switch your interview location.
June 8, 2020 at 06:02
BritSimon… brilliant videos, thanks a million…
I have couple of questions and appreciate your help:
– I was born in Egypt but I am not Egyptian and I never lived in Egypt. I am Jordanian and parents all Jordanians. I selected Egypt as the country of changeability. I don’t hold a birth certificate from any Egyptian authorities because I am not Egyptian. Instead, I have a legitimate birth certificate issued from Jordan that states Egypt as the place of birth. Is this ok?
– I hold a Canadian PR but have not relocated due to hard economy. could this affect my application?
Thanks a lot
June 8, 2020 at 15:43
1. If that is normal in your country – yes.
June 9, 2020 at 08:54
Hello Britsimon, thank you very much for all your efforts to inform us regarding the DV issues.
I’ve got a question though. I was born in Saudi Arabia, but I don’t have a Saudi birth certificate (as I’m not Saudi).
I’m a citizen of ERITREA and I was issued a legitimate birth certificate in Eritrea stating that I was born in Saudi Arabia.
I chose country of chargeability from Eritrea and my parents are both Eritreans (born and raised in Eritrea). They temporarily stayed in Saudi (due to the war at the time).
Is this okay and worth pursuing?
Thank you for taking your precious time to address our questions.
June 9, 2020 at 16:24
No – you have made a mistake.
Using parents country is only for circumstances where the birth country is ineligible. As you were born in SA, you should have listed that and would have an AS region number.
Disqualification is almost certain. I say almost because maybe you would encounter a CO that doesn’t understand the nuances, but it’s a very, very small chance.
June 10, 2020 at 08:57
Thank you very much, Mr. britsimon.
1. If I go ahead, would the refusal of the DV visa have a negative impact on my future visa interviews in US or any other country’s embassies?
2. Can I apply again in October for 2022 with Saudi Arabia as my country of chargeability?
June 10, 2020 at 23:21
June 10, 2020 at 18:22
Sorry I forgot to ask you. Would it be possible for me (the selectee) to request for a waiver or for the CO to do waiver of the visa ineligibility under US law?
My sincere gratitude for your responses. You have my big respect sir.
June 11, 2020 at 00:50
No – this mistake cannot be waived. It is only if the CO screws up – very, very unlikely.
June 9, 2020 at 04:19
Hi thanks for all the information,my brother was born in Liberia (West Africa) but he is currently in India,where he play the DV. He play as a Liberian but live in india,how can he proceed his application?
June 9, 2020 at 15:00
It doesn’t matter where he lives – he can process there, listing all details accurately
June 9, 2020 at 08:57
Thanks first of all for your responses on forums which are veey helpful for newbees like us. We applied for DV2021 but by God’s plan this was not our year.
My wife is qualified from an eligible country by birth but I was not born or having citizenship from an eligible country. We applied for my wife as principle applicant and as a husband of person from eligible country I too applied a seperate application. On the above case, is it permitted to apply 2 application (my wife and as principle applicant in seperate applications)?
June 9, 2020 at 16:25
Yes. That was exactly my case.
June 11, 2020 at 12:36
Hi Simon. I asked a question a little earlier but have since gotten some fuller answers from my parents so perhaps delete that one and start here. I am a DV2021 selectee. I put Australia as my country of chargability even though I was born in Hong Kong because neither of my parents were born in HK and they were not permanent residents. They did have a HK residence because they were living there for my dads work. Their status was non-permanent, like a non-immigrant status and they had no right of abode. My birth certificate has a specific section that states they were not established permanent residents of Hong Kong at the time of my birth. Other than the birth certificate, is there anything else you would suggest in the way of evidence? In your experience, does permanent residence matter or will the fact they had any residence going to disqualify me?
June 12, 2020 at 00:02
The exception for using parents address is to be used when the country of birth is not eligible for the program. That is not the case for you, and you gained a massive statistical advantage by choosing OC region. Unfortunately, you will almost certainly be disqualified. If you can afford to gamble the fees, you could try, but really they should refuse your case.
June 12, 2020 at 05:47
Hi Simon, I trust all is well. I contacted you back in November regarding country of eligibility and chargeability. As I made a mistake selecting my nationality and not my country of birth. Both countries are in different regions. Not sure what happened as I thought I would be disqualified but then I note my case number: 2021OC000017XX. What does this mean and what do I do?
June 12, 2020 at 11:06
If you have no reason to be in OC region (such as marriage) you will be disqualified at interview.
June 12, 2020 at 11:07
They don’t disqualify before interview as you have a right to plead your case and justify the choice – but you already know the outcome, so don’t proceed.
June 12, 2020 at 21:13
Thanks for the reply and the clarification.
I will not proceed as you advice as I don’t want to have any difficulty in future travels and visa applications to the States. Does being disqualified create problems for ESTA and or tourist visa holders/application? I guess I don’t want to ruin my chances of being able to travel back and forth between the States as I currently can, because my family lives there. Can I re-enter the the lottery next year? Will me not proceeding this time affect my application in the next lottery?
June 12, 2020 at 22:07
Not proceeding causes no impact.
June 12, 2020 at 13:24
hi I wanted some information if I am eligible to apply for the DV lottery. So my father was born in Nairobi , Kenya and so was my grandfather. but I was born in Lahore , Pakistan as my parents used to visit the country very often. Pakistan is no eligible for DV lottery. according to Kenyan law I had a right of Kenyan passport by birth and its the only passport I’ve had since I was born. so I wanted to ask that can I claim eligibility through my father who has always been a permanent resident of Nairobi, Kenya and was born and brought up there.
please let me know your opinion. thanks
June 12, 2020 at 13:39
Did you read the article???
June 12, 2020 at 14:27
I did but can you explain this further again . I am still confused after reading it. my mom even though she was born in Pakistan back in 1963 she was technically living at Kenya at the time permanently and they they just happened to be in Pakistan when I was born
June 12, 2020 at 17:01
You would need to prove your mother was only temporarily in Pakistan for your birth and she must not be Pakistani. If you can prove those things, you can proceed.
June 13, 2020 at 08:56
What exactly do you mean by Pakistani? My mom is a Kenyan National at the moment. Is that good enough?
June 13, 2020 at 17:29
Was she born in Pakistan?????
June 14, 2020 at 12:05
Hi Simon i have been in South Africa since 2011 but i am a Zimbabwean and i wanted to know which country should i get a police clearance from yet my country of chargability is Zimbabwe i plan to have the interview in South Africa
The other thing is work experience i will be completing 2 years of work experience where i am currently working in August. Will tjat affect my work experience when applying
June 14, 2020 at 18:44
You MUST read the instructions. If you had you would not need to ask about police certs. You probably need more than one police cert.
Your work experience question is not clear.
June 25, 2020 at 08:28
Hi Simon! I was wondering to know I have entered my DV lottery info in 2019 but get the number 2020.. while I am regularly watching your YouTube channel videos there you mentioned now it is 2021… Plz correct me if I am wrong. Or we missed any information while entered in info. Thank you
June 25, 2020 at 18:56
I’m not clear on your question.
June 29, 2020 at 06:37
Hi Mr Simon,
I would like your help to guide me forward. I am holding a Sudanese passport but I was born in Saudia Arabia and I applied for DV2021 correctly siting my Saudia Arabia as my country for eligibility.
In February 2020 the president of United States issued a proclamation no 9983 which bans Sudan from diversity visa.
I got selected for the visa and my case number is 2021AS (I am living in United Arab Emirates).
My question is, am I affected by the proclamation? I am sudanese citizen but I lived in Saudia Arabia and now I’m living in United Arab Emirates.
I also want to mention that My son who’s is 4 years old is an American citizen as he was born in united States, could that be considered for a waiver in case I’m affected by the proclamation 9983.
Thank you so much ?
June 29, 2020 at 20:15
To my understanding you would not be affected by the ban.
August 13, 2020 at 20:32
Hope you are well! I have read your article but an email from KCC has left me confused.
I was born in South Africa but lived in NZ for all of my life. 1 year ago I married a born and bred kiwi- we both entered the DV2021 in the OC region. I was selected and he wasn’t.
I submitted our ds260 and was then asked for more documents including passports, marriage certificate etc..
Again, I had submitted everything they’d asked for but received an email saying “ you have not yet provided sufficient documentation that you meet the passport requirement.”
Would by any chance know what exactly they’re referring to?
The other thing to note is that my name changed- from when we submitted initial entry to the lottery as we got married- could that be what might be throwing things off?
Any guidance you might have to offer would be great!
August 13, 2020 at 21:58
I can’t guess what they might be missing. Just be careful of the max email size, make sure you have included all listed documents and named them correctly.
Just a point about your entry – were you married at the time of entry? Did you charge to an OC region country? Do you have an OC case number?
August 14, 2020 at 09:09
Ok will do! Thank you!
Yes we were married in May 2019 and entered in October 2019. Yes I charged OC and I have an OC case number it’s 2021OC0000xxxx
August 14, 2020 at 12:11
OK – as you have charged to your spouse’s country of birth, just remember that you will BOTH be treated as principal applicants (if the embassy understand the rules). The main difference is that you BOTH will need to show you meet the education/work experience requirement.
August 13, 2020 at 21:59
I’ve read read your article, but an email I’ve received from KCC.
A bit of background- I was born in South Africa but have lived in NZ – my husband was born and bred in NZ – we both entered through the OC region. I was selected and he was not.
I was asked to submit the additional documents including passports, marriage certificate etc.. which I have done but then they had sent me an email saying I have “not yet provided sufficient documentation that you meet the passport requirement.”
Would you have any idea what they are asking if me?
Just thought as you had gone through on your wife’s country of chargeability that you might be able to provide any further info.
Another thing to note is that my surname is now different to the one I used I initially due the change in marital status.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
September 28, 2020 at 16:35
So I have only just found your website and I just want to thank you for all the useful information. Its much clearer than anything else I have found. I will hopefully be applying for the lottery shortly for the first time but I also have a few questions, so it would be really great if you could help.
Here they are:
1. I was born in England to a British mother and an Irish father (born in Ireland). That means I can select my country of changeability to Ireland (an eligible country) correct? My father was only there for a few years for work.
2. Will I have to prove my fathers country of birth during the application process?
3. Will there be a place that I put my country of changeability and my country of birth or do I just put down Ireland on the form and make no mention of being born in England.
4. Final question. Does my brother who was born in Ireland applying for the visa lottery improve my chances in anyway. Can I then imigrate with him if he is successful?
Again thank you for all your help and for the great website.
All the Best,
September 28, 2020 at 18:22
1. No you cannot charge to your parents country UNLESS neither of them was a national of your country of birth. In other words your British mother means you were not born in England on a temporary stay (like a work assignment). You are not able to enter the lottery.
3. You cannot lie.
4.Your brother can enter, but if he wins he cannot take you. Your parents could also enter by the way, charging to Ireland because cross charging through marriage is possible. If you are unmarried under 21, then would include you on their application.
October 17, 2020 at 17:49
hello simon i was born in bulgaria. I live in Turkey for 30 years. I want to make with turkey passport application dv 2022. Which one should I choose yes or no for the Country of eligibility for the DV program part of the 6th item in the dv 2022 application form.
October 17, 2020 at 19:08
Question 5 should list Bulgaria. Question 6 should be yes. Use any passport you like – that is not what question 6 is about.
October 28, 2020 at 17:31
Thank you for the information!
I wanted to ask – I was born in a DV ineligible country because my parents were in that country at the time for my father to pursue a PhD, but neither of them were citizens. We are all citizens of a DV eligible country and that is the passport I hold as well. Would I be able to apply this year?
October 28, 2020 at 20:27
Yes – just remember you will need to prove that your parents were there temporarily.
December 29, 2020 at 07:59
Hello Simon! So does that mean- i am south-african and my husband british.. so with this then we can submit 2 separate entries one for him (as he is married to me) and one for me.. and not get disqualified for entering the dv lottery 2 times in a year
December 29, 2020 at 16:23
December 29, 2020 at 18:47
sorry wasn’t sure if the other comment went through thank you so much for your help!!
February 18, 2021 at 19:56
Thank you for the opportunity to ask questions. I was selected and chose a different country of chargeability based on my parents country of birth. They were born in Sudan and I was born in Egypt, I chose Sudan because I thought I would have a better possibility of selection. Now, my mother was only in Egypt to deliver me, I can provide her birth certificate which shows she was born in Sudan. Do I need to prove anything else and do I need any other document ? Both countries are eligible to apply and from the same region.
February 19, 2021 at 03:52
Luckily they are both in the same region, otherwise that would have meant disqualification.
February 19, 2021 at 04:01
So will I be asked to prove anything ?
February 19, 2021 at 04:58
March 15, 2021 at 18:16
#DV2020 Mohammed, Fonjong, Kennedy
FAQ: Have you requested that the court make our applications “mission critical”?
Answer: Yes. And we requested that they be processed immediately upon final judgment. See #3 and 6 on last page of Feb 3, 2021 cross MSJ: