Africa just as before had the very best numbers of winners for that calendar year 2013 green card lottery ('DV-2015') with 57,635. This represents a stunning 47% with the overall numbers. Cameroon and Liberia tied with the greatest variety of winners each at 5,000. In all, 182 countries were eligible with the 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 in 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 arrived second with exactly 40,000 selectees. Ukraine led Europe, as well as 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) were only available in last with 18,605, 3,999, and 3,499 winners respectively. In North America, just 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 50,000 visitors to the United States from the last several years were ineligible with the 2013 lottery. This included the next 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 survival in the annual Diversity Visa Program may count on immigration reform failing to pass. This is because the complete program was eviscerated in Senate Bill S.744 as part in the proposed immigration reform package.
The great news is if legislation does check here finally pass, may well go into effect until January 2017. If so, the green card lottery could be good to the next three years.