Recently, the State Department announced a change to the Diversity Visa (DV) online application that would require applicants to provide their current passport information. In the past, someone who wanted to register for DV didn't need a passport until he/she was selected to actually apply for the visa (only 100,000 out of the roughly 14 million applicants are selected to apply for a diversity visa.) This allowed applicants to avoid the expense and logistical hurdles involved with securing a passport until they knew they would need one.
ACT opposes this change because it will disadvantage people who don't have a passport and who will have a hard time getting one in time to fill out the application, namely, Africans.
The Diversity Visa Program is United States government program many use to receive a United States Permanent Resident Card. The visa category allocates 50,000 visas to individuals from countries with low levels of immigration to the U.S. Citizens from African countries tend to benefit the most from the diversity visa.
ACT recently submitted a comment detailing our opposition. Read the comment here.