Africa just as before had the best numbers of winners to 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 for your 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 were only available in second with exactly 40,000 selectees. Ukraine led Europe, and then Uzbekistan and Russia. Asia; South America, Central America, as well as the Caribbean (that happen to be lumped together from 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 50,000 individuals the United States inside last a few years were ineligible to the 2013 lottery. This included this 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 here Northern Ireland), and Vietnam.
Applicants eagerly await the opening on the 2014 lottery in October. Unfortunately, the actual 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 from the proposed immigration reform package.
The great news is if legislation does finally pass, may well go into effect until January 2017. If so, the green card lottery may be good to the next four years.