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 3603 Andorra 8 Armenia 1422 Aruba 3 Austria 38 Azerbaijan 899 Belarus 1512 Belgium 32 Bosnia & Herzegovina 40 Bulgaria 343 Croatia 40 Curacao 0 Cyprus 5 Czech Republic 31 Denmark 17 Estonia 30 Faroe Islands 0 Finland 15 France 212 French Polynesia 0 Georgia 1131 Germany 328 Greece 48 Hungary 84 Iceland 0 Ireland 19 Italy 220 Kazakhstan 1584 Kosovo 260 Kyrgyzstan 1223 Latvia 68 Liechtenstein 0 Lithuania 151 Luxembourg 0 Macau 5 Macedonia 249 Malta 6 Moldova 0 Monaco 3 Montenegro 35 Netherlands 56 New Caledonia 3 Northern Ireland 13 Norway 12 Poland 384 Portugal 12 Romania 311 Russia 5118 San Marino 0 Serbia 210 Sint Maarten 0 Slovakia 30 Slovenia 4 Spain 99 Svalbard 0 Svalbard 0 Sweden 36 Switzerland 49 Tajikistan 1401 Turkey 2709 Turkmenistan 515 Ukraine 3313 Uzbekistan 1743 Vatican City 0
Africa Algeria 2745 Angola 150 Benin 443 Botswana 2 Burkina Faso 84 Burundi 228 Cabo Verde 10 Cameroon 1589 Central African Rep 0 Chad 93 Comoros 1 Congo 258 Congo Democratic Republic of the 4743 Cote D'Ivoire 364 Djibouti 59 Egypt 5568 Equatorial Guinea 5 Eritrea 140 Ethiopia 1974 Gabon 34 Gambia the 25 Ghana 1343 Guinea 271 Guinea-Bissau 2 Kenya 1801 Lesotho 0 Liberia 1142 Libya 102 Madagascar 9 Malawi 4 Mali 30 Mauritania 25 Mauritius 4 Morocco 2202 Mozambique 9 Namibia 6 Niger 31 Rwanda 603 Sao Tome and Principe 0 Senegal 91 Seychelles 1 Sierra Leone 217 Somalia 72 South Africa 162 South Sudan 23 Sudan 3691 Swaziland 0 Tanzania 72 Togo 600 Tunisia 82 Uganda 374 Zambia 12 Zimbabwe 61
Asia Afghanistan 981 Bahrain 10 Bhutan 27 Brunei 1 Burma 444 Cambodia 790 Hong Kong Special Admin Region 92 Indonesia 194 Iran 4101 Iraq 615 Israel 128 Japan 333 Jordan 633 Kuwait 165 Laos 64 Lebanon 135 Malaysia 68 Maldives 2 Mongolia 265 Nepal 3696 North Korea 11 Oman 11 Qatar 72 Saudi Arabia 699 Singapore 15 Sri Lanka 765 Syria 265 Taiwan 476 Thailand 127 Timor-Leste 0 United Arab Emirates 206 Yemen 550
North America Bahamas the 20
Oceania Australia 647 Cook Islands 15 Fiji 435 Kiribati 12 Marshall Islands 0 Micronesia Federated States of 0 Nauru 6 New Zealand 181 Niue 0 Palau 1 Papua New Guinea 11 Samoa 4 Solomon Islands 4 Tokelau 1 Tonga 42 Tuvalu 0 Vanuatu 7
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN Antigua and Barbuda 1 Argentina 30 Barbados 1 Belize 2 Bolivia 22 Chile 21 Costa Rica 12 Cuba 2703 Dominica 0 Ecuador 134 Grenada 0 Guatemala 60 Guyana 3 Honduras 58 Nicaragua 23 Panama 8 Paraguay 9 Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 Saint Lucia 0 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0 Suriname 0 Trinidad and Tobago 19 Uruguay 15 Venezuela 1068

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, 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’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 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 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, has helped thousands and thousands of USA fans around the world fulfil their dreams and immigrate to the USA.

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

But we don’t only help participants from Germany. Every year we support people from all over the world work towards 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. 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 1:35. 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 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 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 may suddenly have 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 winners from European countries will meet the requirements necessary to continue with the Green Card application process. This means that almost 20% fewer winners are notified in Europe than Africa. Worldwide about 100,000 winners will be selected, out of these 100,000 the US authorities expect around 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 “extra” people to notify in order 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.