Winner statistics

Take a look at the global Green Card Lottery winner statistics below to find out how many winners each continent and country has had in recent years. The number of Green Card winners will be displayed for each country in the selected year. Simply click on the year in the lower right corner of the image above to pick the year you want to see.

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Global winner statistics

Europe Albania 3962 Andorra 0 Armenia 2293 Aruba 0 Austria 35 Azerbaijan 1439 Belarus 2143 Belgium 32 Bosnia & Herzegovina 36 Bulgaria 348 Croatia 32 Curacao 1 Cyprus 2 Czech Republic 44 Denmark 24 Estonia 18 Faroe Islands 0 Finland 26 France 272 French Polynesia 0 Georgia 1899 Germany 563 Greece 71 Hungary 93 Iceland 11 Ireland 29 Italy 289 Kazakhstan 2406 Kosovo 311 Kyrgyzstan 2130 Latvia 63 Liechtenstein 1 Lithuania 180 Luxembourg 0 Macau 6 Macedonia 336 Malta 5 Moldova 0 Monaco 1 Montenegro 33 Netherlands 43 New Caledonia 0 Northern Ireland 4 Norway 7 Poland 383 Portugal 24 Romania 365 Russia 6001 San Marino 0 Serbia 239 Sint Maarten 0 Slovakia 23 Slovenia 6 Spain 114 Svalbard 0 Svalbard 0 Sweden 41 Switzerland 48 Tajikistan 2332 Turkey 2874 Turkmenistan 870 Ukraine 5604 Uzbekistan 5319 Vatican City 0
Africa Algeria 6001 Angola 627 Benin 830 Botswana 3 Burkina Faso 83 Burundi 398 Cabo Verde 6 Cameroon 3686 Central African Rep 22 Chad 191 Comoros 10 Congo 0 Congo Democratic Republic of the 4503 Cote D'Ivoire 737 Djibouti 175 Egypt 6002 Equatorial Guinea 6 Eritrea 509 Ethiopia 3957 Gabon 65 Gambia the 71 Ghana 3284 Guinea 805 Guinea-Bissau 7 Kenya 2777 Lesotho 3 Liberia 1858 Libya 259 Madagascar 23 Malawi 32 Mali 103 Mauritania 105 Mauritius 12 Morocco 4458 Mozambique 7 Namibia 0 Niger 55 Rwanda 1067 Sao Tome and Principe 0 Senegal 167 Seychelles 4 Sierra Leone 504 Somalia 217 South Africa 510 South Sudan 40 Sudan 6001 Swaziland 0 Tanzania 184 Togo 1118 Tunisia 173 Uganda 908 Zambia 67 Zimbabwe 276
Asia Afghanistan 2189 Bahrain 19 Bhutan 69 Brunei 1 Burma 776 Cambodia 1174 Hong Kong Special Admin Region 569 Indonesia 317 Iran 6001 Iraq 1184 Israel 190 Japan 532 Jordan 1578 Kuwait 302 Laos 43 Lebanon 249 Malaysia 95 Maldives 0 Mongolia 496 Nepal 3801 North Korea 3 Oman 32 Qatar 82 Saudi Arabia 1126 Singapore 40 Sri Lanka 1566 Syria 487 Taiwan 693 Thailand 290 Timor-Leste 0 United Arab Emirates 282 Yemen 1222
North America Bahamas the 29
Oceania Australia 1130 Cook Islands 32 Fiji 1087 Kiribati 12 Marshall Islands 0 Micronesia Federated States of 9 Nauru 11 New Zealand 360 Niue 0 Palau 5 Papua New Guinea 29 Samoa 8 Solomon Islands 4 Tokelau 5 Tonga 95 Tuvalu 2 Vanuatu 7
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN Antigua and Barbuda 5 Argentina 191 Barbados 5 Belize 8 Bolivia 38 Chile 36 Costa Rica 68 Cuba 1235 Dominica 3 Ecuador 246 Grenada 1 Guatemala 0 Guyana 5 Honduras 74 Nicaragua 69 Panama 10 Paraguay 3 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 Saint Lucia 2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3 Suriname 4 Trinidad and Tobago 44 Uruguay 19 Venezuela 1872

People born in the following countries were not allowed to participate in the DV-2021 Lottery: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China (mainland), Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except for Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories and Vietnam. Read more about the Green Card Lottery requirements.

Six regions in the world, millions of applicants and thousands of lucky Green Card winners: Every year the US authorities release detailed statistics about the distribution of Green Cards to worldwide DV-Lottery winners. You will quickly notice that some countries have more winners than others. Why is the distribution of Green Card winners so different worldwide? Continue reading for an explanation of the worldwide winner statistics.

Your chances of winning the Green Card Lottery

Generally speaking, your chances of winning are very good. However, every year almost 40% of all participants are disqualified due to formal errors. This could be a photo that doesn’t meet the requirements or a wrong family status. These are only two of the many little things people can do wrong during the application process, which can result in an immediate disqualification.

The frustrating thing is: The US authorities do not tell applicants whether they have done something wrong. That means very often people enter the Green Card Lottery year after year and make exactly the same mistakes again without even knowing it. No surprise they never win.

How can I increase my chances of winning?

Luckily, The American Dream is here to help you. With our professional advice and preparation of your application, we can guarantee that you will not be disqualified due to formal errors. We will help you make the most of your lottery participation and thus increase your chances of winning.

Why should I trust The American Dream?

The American Dream is one of the largest Green Card Lottery agencies worldwide. Based in Germany, our company has helped thousands upon thousands of USA fans around the world realize their dreams and immigrate to the USA.

In Germany alone, about 50% of all Green Card Lottery winners have participated with our help every year. That means we provide half of all winners in this country! An overwhelming number, isn't it?

But we do not only help participants from Germany. Every year we help people from all over the world to realize their dream of immigrating to the USA. If you want to maximize your chances of winning as well, participate today!

Maximum limit of Green Cards per country

The idea behind the Green Card Lottery Program is to give people, who would normally not have the chance, the possibility to win an immigrant visa and emigrate to the USA. The program is designed to be fair to all nationalities and keep the USA diverse. Therefore, each year a certain number of Green Cards are designated for each continent and participating country.

  • The maximum number of Green Cards available for any eligible country is 3,500, which equates to around 7% of all Green Cards. 
  • Europe and Africa are the two continents with the highest Green Card quotas. Both receive about 20,000 Green Cards each.

The strict allocation of Green Cards for each continent keeps the Green Card Lottery results fair for each continent. In Europe, for example, the chance of winning a Green Card is about 1:35. The more America Fans participate per country, the higher the chances to win a Green Card.

Winner distribution with Africa as an example

Why do the Green Card statistics then show that the distribution of winners among countries is not equal? Some countries, especially in Africa, have a much higher number of winners than the maximum of 3,500.

This is simply because Green Card Lottery winners are randomly selected. Within Africa, most of the applicants come from Ethiopia, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon and the Congo. If, for example, 10% of the participants in Africa are from Ethiopia, then 10% of the winners within Africa will be statistically from Ethiopia.

It is therefore possible that Ethiopia suddenly has five times as many Green Card winners as Germany, for example. The likelihood, however, that every winner in Ethiopia will continue with the Green Card application or fulfill the requirements is extremely low.

The reason behind this is as follows:

  • Not every winner continues with the Green Card application process.
  • This may be the case for winners who do not wish to carry on with the Green Card application process or may not meet the requirements necessary to get a Green Card. This is the case in many African countries.
  • Often winners do not have the necessary education or work experience to fulfill the requirements.
  • Moreover, it is difficult for many African winners to prove that they have sufficient financial resources to make a fresh start in the USA.

Green Card distribution based on experience

It is more likely that the winners from European countries will meet the necessary requirements to proceed with the Green Card application process. This means that almost 20% fewer winners are notified in Europe than in Africa. Worldwide, about 100,000 winners are selected, of these 100,000, the US authorities expect about 50,000 qualified applicants.

In short, more winners are notified each year so that the US authorities can actually issue the 50,000 Green Cards available. The US government calculates those numbers based on decades of experience. From previous statistics, they can calculate how many “additional” people need to be notified to ensure that everyone has a fair chance of winning. This way, qualified winners who want a Green Card will not be left out.

Furthermore, the calculations also take application mistakes into consideration. Even simple mistakes can lead to a winner being disqualified, especially if you apply for the lottery on your own. The American Dream has more than 20 years of experience and is happy to help you on your way to a Green Card - from applying for the lottery to having an immigrant visa in your pocket.

What are you waiting for? Fulfill your very own American dream and take part in the Green Card Lottery now!