Winner statistics

Check out the global winner statistics of the Green Card Lottery below and find out how many winners there were for each continent and country over the last years. The number of Green Card winners will be displayed for each country for the selected year. 

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Global winner statistics

Europe Albania 2503 Andorra 0 Armenia 1738 Aruba 4 Austria 24 Azerbaijan 1203 Belarus 1355 Belgium 42 Bosnia & Herzegovina 53 Bulgaria 411 Croatia 43 Curacao 3 Cyprus 6 Czech Republic 64 Denmark 32 Estonia 26 Faroe Islands 0 Finland 47 France 366 French Polynesia 1 Georgia 867 Germany 488 Greece 98 Hungary 92 Iceland 4 Ireland 52 Italy 333 Kazakhstan 886 Kosovo 286 Kyrgyzstan 693 Latvia 52 Liechtenstein 0 Lithuania 184 Luxembourg 5 Macau 0 Macedonia 270 Malta 7 Moldova 1138 Monaco 1 Montenegro 28 Netherlands 69 New Caledonia 0 Northern Ireland 8 Norway 19 Poland 461 Portugal 30 Romania 430 Russia 3641 San Marino 1 Serbia 307 Sint Maarten 2 Slovakia 27 Slovenia 9 Spain 164 Svalbard 1 Svalbard 1 Sweden 53 Switzerland 47 Tajikistan 1171 Turkey 2411 Turkmenistan 258 Ukraine 4025 Uzbekistan 3461 Vatican City 4
Africa Algeria 2462 Angola 316 Benin 751 Botswana 3 Burkina Faso 174 Burundi 300 Cabo Verde 11 Cameroon 2978 Central African Rep 0 Chad 47 Comoros 10 Congo 248 Congo Democratic Republic of the 4186 Cote D'Ivoire 1036 Djibouti 89 Egypt 4185 Equatorial Guinea 16 Eritrea 284 Ethiopia 3856 Gabon 41 Gambia the 41 Ghana 2484 Guinea 719 Guinea-Bissau 6 Kenya 2107 Lesotho 3 Liberia 2484 Libya 261 Madagascar 38 Malawi 22 Mali 58 Mauritania 25 Mauritius 11 Morocco 1717 Mozambique 7 Namibia 7 Niger 58 Rwanda 510 Sao Tome and Principe 0 Senegal 260 Seychelles 1 Sierra Leone 1207 Somalia 196 South Africa 454 South Sudan 37 Sudan 2617 Swaziland 0 Tanzania 106 Togo 1242 Tunisia 115 Uganda 318 Zambia 41 Zimbabwe 90
Asia Afghanistan 543 Bahrain 16 Bhutan 38 Brunei 0 Burma 273 Cambodia 237 Hong Kong Special Admin Region 69 Indonesia 179 Iran 4199 Iraq 731 Israel 214 Japan 376 Jordan 613 Kuwait 158 Laos 11 Lebanon 268 Malaysia 104 Maldives 5 Mongolia 196 Nepal 3633 North Korea 1 Oman 10 Qatar 38 Saudi Arabia 630 Singapore 27 Sri Lanka 784 Syria 420 Taiwan 374 Thailand 122 Timor-Leste 0 United Arab Emirates 157 Yemen 1193
North America Bahamas the 18
Oceania Australia 777 Cook Islands 7 Fiji 396 Kiribati 9 Marshall Islands 0 Micronesia Federated States of 1 Nauru 22 New Zealand 242 Niue 0 Palau 2 Papua New Guinea 8 Samoa 7 Solomon Islands 3 Tokelau 3 Tonga 58 Tuvalu 0 Vanuatu 0
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN Antigua and Barbuda 4 Argentina 81 Barbados 4 Belize 0 Bolivia 19 Chile 41 Costa Rica 28 Cuba 326 Dominica 3 Ecuador 224 Grenada 2 Guatemala 50 Guyana 6 Honduras 44 Nicaragua 15 Panama 3 Paraguay 5 Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 Saint Lucia 0 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4 Suriname 0 Trinidad and Tobago 33 Uruguay 8 Venezuela 1282

People who were born in the following countries are not allowed to participate in the DV-2020 Lottery. Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China (mainland), Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, 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’ll quickly notice that some countries have more winners than others. Why is the distribution of Green Card winners worldwide so varied? Continue reading for an explanation of the worldwide winner statistics:

Your chances of winning the Green Card Lottery

Generally speaking, your chances to win 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 about it: The US authorities don’t tell applicants if they did something wrong. That means very often people participate year after year in the Green Card Lottery and do the exact same mistakes again without even knowing. 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 consultation and preparation of your application, we can guarantee that you won’t be disqualified due to formal errors. We help you make the very best out of your lottery participation and therefore, increase your chances to win.

Why should I trust The American Dream?

The American Dream is one of the biggest Green Card Lottery agencies worldwide. Our company, which is based in Germany, helps thousands and thousands of USA fans around the world fulfil their dreams and immigrate to the USA.

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

But we don’t only help participants from Germany. Every year again we support people from around the world work towards their dream of immigrating to the USA.

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Maximum limit of Green Cards per country

The principle idea behind the Green Card Lottery Program is to give people who would not normally 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. That is why a certain number of Green Cards are designated for each continent and each participating country every year.

  • 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 separate continent keeps the results of the Green Card Lottery for each continent fair. In Europe, for example, the chance to win a Green Card is around 1:25. The more America-fans who participate per country, the higher the chances to win a Green Card.

Winner distribution with Africa as an example

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

This simply has to do with the fact that Green Card Lottery winners are chosen at random. 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.

That is why it is possible for there to suddenly be five times as many Green Card winners in Ethiopia as in, for example, Germany. The likelihood 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 provide evidence of having enough financial means for a fresh start in the USA.

Green Card distribution based on experience

It is more likely that winners from European countries will meet the requirements necessary to continue with the Green Card application process. Therefore, almost 20% fewer winners are notified in Europe than Africa. Around the world, around 100,000 winners are notified and from these 100,000, the US authorities expect that around 50,000 will be qualified applicants. In short, more winners are notified every year so that the US authorities can actually issue the 50,000 Green Cards available. The US government calculates the number of Green Card winners to notify every year based on decades of experience. From previous statistics, they can calculate how many “extra” people to notify to make sure that everyone has a fair chance to win. 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 over 20 years of experience and would only be too glad to help you on your way to a Green Card – from applying to 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.