I live in Egypt, in Cairo.
Now I'm required to enter the city where I was born in the DV Lottery form and mentioned above ("City of birth only. Do not enter District/ County/ Province/ State"). I believe I was born in Cairo, but what is really Cairo?
Now because I live in Egypt, I never really understood the concept of what a state, county, district nor province really mean. All I know is that Egypt is a country, but is it a state?
And I know that Cairo is called the City of Cairo and it is also one of Egypt's twenty-seven governorates, so what category does Cairo fall into regarding from an American perspective? Is it really a city, a district, a county, or a province of Egypt? And what's even the difference between those?
Furthermore Cairo is divided divided into forty-one administrative divisions, called qism in Arabic. I live in one of those administrative areas, called Ain Shams (literally meaning Sun's Eye if you'r curious). This is even more confusing to me because I do not know what those administrative areas should be called as they are parts of Cairo, and I grew up knowing that these areas are just neighborhoods if I would translate how it is said in Arabic.
So same question: What is Ain Shams, a district, a county, or a province of Cairo? and what should I write in the DV lottery field that asks for the "City of Birth"? Should I write Cairo or Ain Shams?
What makes me more confused is there is another field in the mailing address section that asks for the City/ town, What should be my town? will it be the same as my city?
and another field asking for the District/County/ Province/ State, What should I write in this field?
Finally, my address. How should I translate my address in terms of eligibility if reviewed by someone potentially American. My Address as in my ID would be translated a so, first: Street number Second: My street name third: the neighborhood I live in fourth: mentioning the neighborhood either (eastern or western) So my address would be 20 Ahmed Hamdy St. Eastern Ain Shams, Cairo Is this eligible? or should I write it No 20 Ahmed Hamdy St. Eastern of Ain Shams (district/ county/ province whatever you tell me it is) + my apartment number.
If I made you confused sorry, Here are two links from wikipedia about the topics check them: