Africa yet again had the best numbers of winners to the calendar year 2013 green card lottery ('DV-2015') with 57,635. This represents an impressive 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 in 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 entered second with exactly 40,000 selectees. Ukraine led Europe, and then Uzbekistan and Russia. Asia; South America, Central America, as well as the Caribbean (which might 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, 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, lottery ticket wedding favours Sao Tome and Principe, and Vatican City. Countries that admitted 50,000 individuals to the United States from the last five years were ineligible for that 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 on the 2014 lottery in October. Unfortunately, the actual survival on the annual Diversity Visa Program may depend upon immigration reform failing to pass. This is because the complete program was eviscerated in Senate Bill S.744 as part with the proposed immigration reform package.
The great 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 for that next three years.