Africa again had the best numbers of winners for your calendar year 2013 green card lottery ('DV-2015') with 57,635. This represents a huge 47% with the overall numbers. Cameroon and Liberia tied with the greatest amounts of winners each at 5,000. In all, 182 countries were eligible to the lottery.
The remaining top 20 countries in order on the greatest amounts 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 entered second with exactly 40,000 selectees. Ukraine led Europe, accompanied by 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) 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 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 five years were ineligible for your here 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, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), and Vietnam.
Applicants eagerly await the opening in the 2014 lottery in October. Unfortunately, abdominal muscles survival in the annual Diversity Visa Program may count on immigration reform failing to pass. This is because the full program was eviscerated in Senate Bill S.744 as part on the proposed immigration reform package.
The great news is if what the law states does finally pass, may well go into effect until January 2017. If so, the green card lottery may very well be good with the next several years.