Africa again had the very best numbers of winners for that calendar year 2013 green card lottery ('DV-2015') with 57,635. This represents a huge 47% with the overall numbers. Cameroon and Liberia tied for that greatest quantities of winners each at 5,000. In all, 182 countries were eligible for that lottery.
The remaining top 20 countries in order in the greatest amounts of selectees were Iran (4,992), Nepal (4,991), Egypt (4,988), Ethiopia (4,988), the Democratic Republic on the Congo (4,943), Ukraine (4,679), Uzbekistan (4,368), Russia (4,103), Turkey (3,688), Kenya (3,534), Sudan (3,484), Ghana (3,381), Algeria (3,076), Albania (2,946), Morocco (2,844), Moldova (2,809), Guinea (2,314), Sierra Leone (2,182), and Cambodia (2,079).
The European region started in second with exactly 40,000 selectees. Ukraine led Europe, and then Uzbekistan and Russia. Asia; South America, Central America, as well as the Caribbean (that happen to be lumped together within the Diversity Visa Program); and Oceania (the Pacific region) entered last with 18,605, 3,999, and check here 3,499 winners respectively. In North America, merely the Bahamas is represented. The Bahamas had 14 winners.
This year there was clearly no winners from six countries: Brunei, Luxembourg, North Korea, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, and Vatican City. Countries that admitted 50,000 visitors to the United States from the last several years were ineligible with the 2013 lottery. This included these countries (and islands): Anguilla, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (Mainland Born), Columbia, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, South Korea, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), and Vietnam.
Applicants eagerly await the opening on the 2014 lottery in October. Unfortunately, the survival in the annual Diversity Visa Program may rely on immigration reform failing to pass. This is because the complete program was eviscerated in Senate Bill S.744 as part on the proposed immigration reform package.
The very good news is if legal requirements does finally pass, may possibly not go into effect until January 2017. If so, the green card lottery could be good with the next 36 months.