Skip to main content

DV lottery question

Laguna Beach, CA |

My mom won Dv lottery, she is Bulgarian by nationality, born in Moldova, lives in Armenia, has lived there for 40 years, her Armenian passport states:
Nationality. : Republic of Armenia
My question : what should she put as her nationality on the Application? Armenia or Bulgarian ?

+ Read More

Filed under: Immigration Green cards
Attorney answers 2

Best Answer

It is common for people to use the term "NATIONALITY" as their ethnicity or ethic background. However, in U.S. Immigration Law, nationality means citizenship. However citizenship can be confusing as well; dual or multiple citizenship is not uncommon in Europe. Depending on the law, citizenship can be gained lex sanguinis (by descent), lex soli (by birth) or by naturalization. So your mom could have citizenship in Bulgaria, Moldova and Armenia.

To keep it simple and practical, since she has an Armenian passport, that should be her NATIONALITY. Also it should be consistent. For example when she entered the DV lottery, what was the stated as her nationality? Goodluck


nationality = citizenship. Is she a bulgarian citizen? Nope. Then put Armenian.

NYC EXPERIENCED IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS; email:; Phone: (866) 456-­8654; Fax: 212-964-0440; Cell: 212-202-0325. The information contained in this answer is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.