Cameroon and Liberia lead selectees for not too long ago???s green card lotteryAfrica again had the greatest numbers of winners for that calendar year 2013 green card lottery ('DV-2015') with 57,635. This represents an impressive 47% from 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 from the greatest varieties 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 were only available in second with exactly 40,000 selectees. Ukraine led Europe, and then Uzbekistan and Russia. Asia; South America, Central America, and also the Caribbean (which might 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, 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 individuals to the United States from the last a few years were ineligible for that 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, lottery ticket winning codes Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), and Vietnam.
Applicants eagerly await the opening with 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 complete program was eviscerated in Senate Bill S.744 as part in the proposed immigration reform package.
The very good news 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 be good to the next several years.