Africa again had the biggest numbers of winners to the calendar year 2013 green card lottery ('DV-2015') with 57,635. This represents an impressive 47% with the overall numbers. Cameroon and Liberia tied for that greatest quantities of winners each at 5,000. In all, 182 countries were eligible for that lottery.
The remaining top 20 countries in order from the greatest quantities 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, then Uzbekistan and Russia. Asia; South America, Central America, along with the Caribbean (that are lumped together inside 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, the Bahamas is represented. The Bahamas had 14 winners.
This year there have been 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 the United States inside the last several years were ineligible to 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, get more info United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), and Vietnam.
Applicants eagerly await the opening from the 2014 lottery in October. Unfortunately, the 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 be good to the next several years.