Africa once more 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 your greatest amounts of winners each at 5,000. In all, 182 countries were eligible to the 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, accompanied by Uzbekistan and Russia. Asia; South America, Central America, and also the Caribbean (that happen to be lumped together from 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, just 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 website visitors to the United States from the last several years were ineligible with the 2013 lottery. This included this countries (and islands): Anguilla, website 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, ab muscles survival on the annual Diversity Visa Program may rely on immigration reform failing to pass. This is because your entire 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, may possibly not go into effect until January 2017. If so, the green card lottery may be good for your next several years.