Africa yet again had the very best numbers of winners for your calendar year 2013 green card lottery ('DV-2015') with 57,635. This represents a stunning 47% on the overall numbers. Cameroon and Liberia tied to the greatest quantities 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 quantities 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 were only available in second with exactly 40,000 selectees. Ukraine led Europe, accompanied by Uzbekistan and Russia. Asia; South America, Central America, plus the Caribbean (that happen to be lumped together within the Diversity Visa Program); and Oceania (the Pacific region) started in 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 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 5yrs were ineligible for that 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, here 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 actual survival with the annual Diversity Visa Program may be determined by immigration reform failing to pass. This is because the whole program was eviscerated in Senate Bill S.744 as part from the proposed immigration reform package.
The best part about it is if what the law states does finally pass, it might not go into effect until January 2017. If so, the green card lottery could possibly be good for your next several years.