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 4484 Andorra 0 Armenia 2844 Aruba 8 Austria 89 Azerbaijan 961 Belarus 1466 Belgium 86 Bosnia & Herzegovina 92 Bulgaria 776 Croatia 63 Curacao 10 Cyprus 19 Czech Republic 95 Denmark 45 Estonia 61 Faroe Islands 2 Finland 68 France 649 French Polynesia 15 Georgia 1195 Germany 886 Greece 171 Hungary 205 Iceland 13 Ireland 123 Italy 546 Kazakhstan 1020 Kosovo 464 Kyrgyzstan 753 Latvia 91 Liechtenstein 0 Lithuania 257 Luxembourg 2 Macau 5 Macedonia 514 Malta 2 Moldova 1418 Monaco 3 Montenegro 38 Netherlands 79 New Caledonia 2 Northern Ireland 16 Norway 47 Poland 863 Portugal 84 Romania 516 Russia 4500 San Marino 0 Serbia 560 Sint Maarten 4 Slovakia 82 Slovenia 10 Spain 311 Svalbard 1 Svalbard 1 Sweden 130 Switzerland 85 Tajikistan 1209 Turkey 4390 Turkmenistan 306 Ukraine 4478 Uzbekistan 4494 Vatican City 0
Africa Algeria 2897 Angola 184 Benin 611 Botswana 10 Burkina Faso 317 Burundi 193 Cabo Verde 24 Cameroon 3720 Central African Rep 17 Chad 85 Comoros 7 Congo 240 Congo Democratic Republic of the 4497 Cote D'Ivoire 1029 Djibouti 121 Egypt 4495 Equatorial Guinea 11 Eritrea 556 Ethiopia 4496 Gabon 41 Gambia the 64 Ghana 3549 Guinea 1470 Guinea-Bissau 5 Kenya 2997 Lesotho 4 Liberia 3989 Libya 441 Madagascar 50 Malawi 36 Mali 126 Mauritania 79 Mauritius 24 Morocco 2719 Mozambique 6 Namibia 16 Niger 57 Rwanda 542 Sao Tome and Principe 0 Senegal 400 Seychelles 0 Sierra Leone 1790 Somalia 436 South Africa 500 South Sudan 34 Sudan 3781 Swaziland 3 Tanzania 173 Togo 1667 Tunisia 181 Uganda 485 Zambia 68 Zimbabwe 149
Asia Afghanistan 636 Bahrain 14 Bhutan 16 Brunei 2 Burma 209 Cambodia 390 Hong Kong Special Admin Region 84 Indonesia 167 Iran 4500 Iraq 754 Israel 159 Japan 263 Jordan 447 Kuwait 167 Laos 6 Lebanon 221 Malaysia 70 Maldives 4 Mongolia 197 Nepal 4097 North Korea 1 Oman 10 Qatar 46 Saudi Arabia 489 Singapore 43 Sri Lanka 777 Syria 414 Taiwan 318 Thailand 60 Timor-Leste 0 United Arab Emirates 197 Yemen 1239
North America Bahamas the 15
Oceania Australia 2154 Cook Islands 19 Fiji 900 Kiribati 18 Marshall Islands 0 Micronesia Federated States of 6 Nauru 25 New Zealand 546 Niue 1 Palau 3 Papua New Guinea 23 Samoa 10 Solomon Islands 10 Tokelau 2 Tonga 129 Tuvalu 0 Vanuatu 17
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN Antigua and Barbuda 2 Argentina 109 Barbados 2 Belize 1 Bolivia 52 Chile 76 Costa Rica 66 Cuba 733 Dominica 8 Ecuador 1228 Grenada 11 Guatemala 120 Guyana 10 Honduras 144 Nicaragua 51 Panama 22 Paraguay 7 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 Saint Lucia 14 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 8 Suriname 6 Trinidad and Tobago 79 Uruguay 36 Venezuela 2209

People who were born in the following countries are not allowed to participate in the DV-2019 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:

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.

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.

Green Card distribution per continent

The good news is: 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.

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