DV Lottery help

Eligible Countries (Allowed Countries.)

7:21 AM 02/22/2017

American diversity visa program used to allow those persons who had been born in an eligible country only. List of the eligible country may change every year or will stay as it is, according to their immigration pattern to the USA, from each country. Lately, newly elected US President's Executive Order did banned 7 country people from entering the United States. So if you are a person from one of these seven country, read the DV Lottery instructions to see whether you are allowed to participate in the draw and can attend the immigrant visa interview, fi you are selected as a winner. The E.O is under question in the U.S Fedaral courts, although the new president vowed to implement it again through the court orders.

The diversity program rules says that applicants who want to participate in this draw must have been born in a country that should had been listed in the U.S Government's eligible list. The US State Department used to publish the eligible country list every year before the start of the DV draw. Eligible country names and the ineligible country names used to published by the US State Department after some special calculation on the arrival of immigrants to the U.S.A. Those country natives who had arrived in to the USA in less number (50,000) within the last 5 years period will be allowed to participate in this program to try their luck to immigrate to the USA legally. Those who were born in an eligible country and currently living in another country or holding the new country's PR or passport, are eligible to participate in this draw. But the person must meet the other requirements as per the DV instructions.

Born in an ineligible country?

The draw will not allow natives who were born in ineligible countries to participate through the online application form. They can qualify by other means. To check this read the current draw's visa bulletin. Countries that are NOT eligible to participate in the draw are as follows, BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EL SALVADOR, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, NIGERIA, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible to participate in this green card lottery.

Ways to claim and Participate in the draw for ineligible country born people.

Neither of your parents was born there or resided there at the time of your birth, you may claim nativity in one of your parents' countries of birth, if it is a country whose natives are qualifying for the program.

If you were born in an ineligible country and your spouse was born in an eligible country, you can apply for the selection draw claiming your spouse country for the eligibility. If you had been selected calming your spouse country for eligibility and had been issued with the entry permit through this program, you must take your spouse too along with you, as you are not allowed to enter the USA under the program.

Why the draw doesn't allow some country natives from participating in this draw?

This is because within the last 5 year period, these countries had sent more than 50,000 people to the USA. So the USA had decided that this number of people is enough to maintain their diversity over there. So these country born people are not allowed to submit their applications for the Green Card lottery.

DV Program and the Africa Region Countries.

In the past years the entire African nations were allowed to participate in this draw. Recently Nigeria had been listed in the ineligible country list as they had reached the 50,000 immigrant limit. So the natives of Nigeria are currently not allowed to participate in the visa name selection draw. They must wait till the later part of the year to see whether they will be allowed to participate in the draw or not.

Likewise Bangladesh born people too were barred from participating in this draw. In this year 2016, Ecuador natives are found to be eligible to participate in this years' DV 2018 visa lottery program.

DV-2018 American Visa Lottery Program.

DV-2018 visa lottery program's eligible country list has been already published. Nigeria and Bangladesh are not listed in the eligible country list and Ecuador had been allowed to participate in this year 2018 Green card lottery program.


DV-2017 diversity visa lottery program had accepted entries in the year 2015 from those eligible people who were born in eligible countries. It did provided application forms and accepted them back through the internet. Main eligibility to participate in the draw was indicated as the person's birth country and it should had happened in an eligible country. Under this draw visas will be issued for the eligible winners from October 2016 till 30th September 2017.


DV-2016 had accepted entries in the year 2014. It is now closed officially from 30th September 2016 as the program had achieved its target. All the winnings under this draw are null.