Africa once more had the best numbers of winners with the calendar year 2013 green card lottery ('DV-2015') with 57,635. This represents an astonishing 47% on the overall numbers. Cameroon and Liberia tied for that greatest amounts of winners each at 5,000. In all, 182 countries were eligible for your lottery.
The remaining top 20 countries in order with the greatest quantities 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 entered second with exactly 40,000 selectees. Ukraine led Europe, as well as Uzbekistan and Russia. Asia; South America, Central America, along with the Caribbean (that happen to be lumped together within the Diversity Visa Program); and Oceania (the Pacific region) read more 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 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 visitors to the United States inside the last a few years were ineligible with the 2013 lottery. This included this 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 from the 2014 lottery in October. Unfortunately, the actual survival on the annual Diversity Visa Program may rely on 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 very good news is if regulations does finally pass, it might not go into effect until January 2017. If so, the green card lottery could possibly be good for that next several years.