Alternate Chargeability Law and Legal Definition

An alien who is born in an ineligible country may participate in the Green Card Lottery by alternatively claiming chargeability to the country of birth of a spouse or a parent. In case of claiming chargeability to spouse’s country of birth, an alien can claim the spouse's country of birth as his/her native country provided his/her spouse was born in an eligible country. The alien can claim chargeability to parent's country of birth as his/her native country provided neither of his/her parents was a permanent resident in the country of his/her birth when the alien was born.