Venezuelans with expired passports can participate in the 2022 Visa Lottery

Venezuelans with an expired passport can participate in the 2022 Visa Lottery. Registrations for the 2022 draw, which will benefit 55,000...

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  • Venezuelans with an expired passport can participate in the 2022 Visa Lottery.
  • Registrations for the 2022 draw, which will benefit 55,000 people, began last week.
  • Clarification of doubts and advice on how to apply.

Venezuelans with an expired passport who want to enter the United States are in luck because can participate in the Visa Lottery 2022, which is very important in order to be able to live, work legally and permanently in the United States.

One of the essential requirements to participate in the Diversity Visa Program, real name of the Visa Lottery, since last year, is to have a valid passport and up to date at the time of filling out the electronic application on the website of the US Department of State, quotes the Miami Herald.

What for many, including thousands of Venezuelans, becomes an unattainable chimera.

Many Venezuelans who want to leave their country, hit by a very serious economic, political and social crisis, find it extremely difficult to get an extension for their passport or, worse, to get a new one.

But, the US State Department has had compassion on them this time.

Due to the enormous global interest in this program that allows winners to live and work legally and permanently in the United States, the foreign policy agency published a specific guide on frequently asked questions related to the passport requirement for the Diversity Visa Program.

And the first thing that becomes clear is how Venezuelan passport holders should do that they cannot write down the expiration date of their passports when filling out the registration form on the site! https://dvprogram.state.gov/ because your passport has already expired!

There doubts are cleared up and advice is provided to those who want to win the 2022 Visa Lottery.

“Add five years to the year listed on your passport as the expiration date,” the guide states. “If you have received an extension or ‘extension’, add seven years to the year listed in your passport as the expiration date.”

Lottery 2022 Venezuelan Visas: Includes expired passport

Lottery 2022 Venezuelan Visas: Includes expired passport

The authorities clarify that, in general, since June 7, 2019 “the validity of the Venezuelan passport was extended for five years beyond the expiration date printed on the passport. Venezuelan passport holders who have already received an extension or ‘extension’ will have the period of validity extended for five years from the extension deadline. “

In conclusion: “The Department will accept Venezuelan passports, valid or expired, as long as it is considered valid after adding five years to the printed expiration date.”

Lottery Visas 2022 Venezuelans: What if I don’t have a passport but I do have a refugee travel document?

Yes this is your caseYou can use the refugee document number instead of the passport number, and accompany it with the name of the entity that issued the document and its expiration date.

Stateless persons (with no known homeland) also qualify for a passport exemption, but will need to explain why they selected this exemption and do not have a passport. In general, “statelessness is very rare,” the Department noted.

A special exemption treatment will also be applied to people who want to participate in the Visa Lottery 2022 and live in a communist regime and cannot obtain a passport from the government of their country. In this case, they will have to prove to a consular officer that they were unable to obtain the passport of their nationality.

But all of this is not to say that you automatically qualify for an exemption from the passport requirement. The authorities clarify that each case will be reviewed when applying for the visa.

The Visa Lottery is one of the most popular processes to request a green card, as it does not require a US sponsor. Last week the deadline to register for the draw for fiscal year 2022 (DV-2022) opened, which will draw up to 55,000 immigrant visas. The registration process is simple and free.

Venezuelan Visa Lottery 2022: The requirements are as follows:

Requirement # 1: Natives of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States may be eligible to enter.
If you are not a native of a country with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, there are two other ways you could qualify.

  • Is your spouse a native of a country with historically low rates of immigration to the United States? If yes, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth, as long as you and your spouse are named in the selected entry, found eligible, have been issued diversity visas, and are entering the United States simultaneously.
  • Are you originally from a country that does not have historically low rates of immigration to the United States, but in which neither parent was born or legally resided at the time of your birth? If yes, you can claim the country of birth of one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2022 program.

Requirement # 2: Each DV applicant must meet the DV program education / work experience requirement by having:

  • at least a secondary education or its equivalent, defined as the successful completion of about 12 years of study from primary and formal secondary education, or
  • two years of work experience in the last five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform.
Lottery 2022 Venezuelan Visas: Includes expired passport

Lottery 2022 Venezuelan Visas: Includes expired passport

Lottery 2022 Venezuelan Visas: Includes expired passport

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