My passport doesn't carry my occupation. I am a Cameroonian citizen and in our passports, there's a place for occupation. Is this going to affect my American dv lottery visa interview?

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    Hmmm.. are there passports in the world that have the holder's occupation? What makes you think it could be a problem?
    – Neusser
    Sep 21, 2017 at 13:49
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    The USA passport does not contain occupation. The Chinese passport does.
    – Michael
    Sep 21, 2017 at 13:52
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    @Neusser They must have changed it. It used to: visarite.com/chinesepassportsample.htm. On the first picture, there's a field for "Profession".
    – Michael
    Sep 21, 2017 at 14:25
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    @Neusser Here's a better picture: clearharmony.net/a_images/2004/07/orig/…
    – Michael
    Sep 21, 2017 at 14:26
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    Old joke "British Border Officer Country of origin? Traveler Russia! British Border Officer Occupation? No, no! Just visiting. Obs:. You can swamp countries depending of your audience, (country with petrol reserves) and USA for example.
    – jean
    Sep 22, 2017 at 10:35

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If you look at the ICAO requirements for a passport, you will find no such field required. It's rare for a country to list occupation in the passport.

If you have a valid and legal passport, there should be no problem.

ICAO Machine Readable Passports

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    Yay someone used the official source to answer this question!
    – user4188
    Sep 21, 2017 at 14:38
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    I really like that they used "Utopian" as the nationality in the example.
    – ceejayoz
    Sep 21, 2017 at 18:55
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    Is that Skyler White? Sep 21, 2017 at 20:09
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    The ICAO is working on Machine Readable passports. The member countries (190 of 193 UN members) have setup their passports to be compatible with the standards that they are setting. See icao.int/Security/FAL/TRIP/Pages/default.aspx for details. ICAO doesn't have "jurisdiction" over passports, but it is working on details that most countries of the world will implement domestically to be compatible with the rest of the world. I expect the ICAO is doing it because the global airline network has the greatest demand for this.
    – Walter
    Sep 22, 2017 at 0:58
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    ICAO has jurisdiction over passports and related travel documents under Annex 9 to the Chicago Convention.
    – molypot
    Sep 22, 2017 at 5:09

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