Why do I need a valid passport?

As of July 2019, the following information is also required to participate in the Green Card Lottery:

  • Passport number
  • Passport expiration date
  • Issuing country

However, only the main applicants need to provide those details, not their possible spouses and/or children.

If you decide to participate with The American Dream, you have the benefit of being able to submit your passport details later! You do not have this option with the US authorities.

The chances of winning the globally popular program will more than double for hundreds of thousands of applicants who already own a passport or can relatively simple apply for one. In some countries, obtaining a passport is unfortunately not so easy, which reduces the number of participants considerably. The consequence: The fewer registrations from some countries, the more Green Cards are available!

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