Africa just as before had the greatest numbers of winners with the calendar year 2013 green card lottery ('DV-2015') with 57,635. This represents an impressive 47% in the overall numbers. Cameroon and Liberia tied with the greatest variety of winners each at 5,000. In all, 182 countries were eligible to the 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 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 started in second with exactly 40,000 selectees. Ukraine led Europe, and then Uzbekistan and Russia. Asia; South America, Central America, and also the Caribbean (which might be lumped together inside the Diversity Visa Program); and Oceania (the Pacific region) started in last with 18,605, 3,999, and 3,499 winners website respectively. In North America, merely the Bahamas is represented. The Bahamas had 14 winners.
This year there are no winners from six countries: Brunei, Luxembourg, North Korea, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, and Vatican City. Countries that admitted 50,000 individuals the United States within 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 from the 2014 lottery in October. Unfortunately, the survival with 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 very good news is if regulations does finally pass, may possibly not go into effect until January 2017. If so, the green card lottery could be good for that next three years.