Cross Chargeability [Immigration] Law and Legal Definition

Cross chargability refers to a method of allowing one to be charged to a different country other than that of one's birth in order to create eligibility where it would not otherwise exist. When a Green Card applicant is subject to a quota waiting list, but is the child or the spouse of persons born in a country with more favorable quota, the applicant may cross charge to the most favorable quota. It allows a primary applicant from one country to use available immigrant visa numbers from another category where the primary applicant’s spouse is from different country than the applicant.