Africa just as before had the very best numbers of winners for that calendar year 2013 green card lottery ('DV-2015') with 57,635. This represents a huge 47% in the overall numbers. Cameroon and Liberia tied with the greatest amounts of winners each at 5,000. In all, 182 countries were eligible with the lottery.
The remaining top 20 countries in order in the greatest variety of selectees were Iran (4,992), Nepal (4,991), Egypt (4,988), Ethiopia (4,988), the Democratic Republic with 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 started in second with exactly 40,000 selectees. Ukraine led Europe, then Uzbekistan and Russia. Asia; South America, Central America, and also the Caribbean (that are lumped together inside Diversity Visa Program); and Oceania (the Pacific region) entered 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 was clearly no winners from six countries: Brunei, Luxembourg, North Korea, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, and Vatican City. Countries that admitted 50,000 visitors to the United States inside last 5yrs were ineligible for that 2013 lottery. This included the subsequent 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 survival from 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 get more info on the proposed immigration reform package.
The best part about it is if legislation does finally pass, may possibly not go into effect until January 2017. If so, the green card lottery may be good for that next three years.