Africa yet again had the greatest numbers of winners for that calendar year 2013 green card lottery ('DV-2015') with 57,635. This represents a huge 47% from the overall numbers. Cameroon and Liberia tied for your greatest variety of winners each at 5,000. In all, 182 countries were eligible to the lottery.
The remaining top 20 countries in order on the greatest amounts of selectees were Iran (4,992), Nepal (4,991), Egypt (4,988), Ethiopia (4,988), the Democratic Republic from 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 entered second with exactly 40,000 selectees. Ukraine led Europe, then Uzbekistan and Russia. Asia; South America, Central America, as well as the Caribbean (which might be lumped together within more info the Diversity Visa Program); and Oceania (the Pacific region) arrived last with 18,605, 3,999, and 3,499 winners respectively. In North America, merely the Bahamas is represented. The Bahamas had 14 winners.
This year there are no winners from six countries: Brunei, Luxembourg, North Korea, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, and Vatican City. Countries that admitted 50 plus,000 website visitors to the United States from the last 5yrs were ineligible with the 2013 lottery. This included the subsequent 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 in the 2014 lottery in October. Unfortunately, the actual survival from the annual Diversity Visa Program may count on immigration reform failing to pass. This is because the whole program was eviscerated in Senate Bill S.744 as part in the proposed immigration reform package.
The very good news is if legislation does finally pass, it will not go into effect until January 2017. If so, the green card lottery could be good to the next four years.