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Here, you can take a look at the worldwide Green Card Lottery winner statistics of the last years, sorted by continent. Simply click on the year at the top right in the image to display the desired distribution of Green Card winners for a specific year. You can also fly over the world map with the mouse cursor to see the numbers of the individual countries in the selected year, e.g., Green Card winners from the year 2022.

Below you can see the worldwide winner distribution for the selected year:

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Global winner statistics

Europe Albania 2001 Armenia 3525 Aruba 4 Austria 34 Azerbaijan 1260 Belarus 1535 Belgium 32 Bosnia & Herzegovina 47 Bulgaria 161 Croatia 12 Curacao 1 Cyprus 8 Czech Republic 19 Denmark 12 Estonia 17 Faroe Islands 1 Finland 14 France 209 Georgia 2071 Germany 512 Greece 28 Hungary 66 Iceland 4 Ireland 13 Italy 154 Kazakhstan 1908 Kosovo 413 Kyrgyzstan 2846 Latvia 48 Lithuania 91 Macau 7 Malta 8 Moldova 670 Montenegro 28 Netherlands 19 North Macedonia 258 Northern Ireland 4 Norway 4 Poland 228 Portugal 10 Romania 228 Russia 5505 Serbia 134 Sint Maarten 3 Slovakia 20 Slovenia 2 Spain 96 Sweden 26 Switzerland 27 Tajikistan 2485 Turkey 3383 Turkmenistan 555 Ukraine 3808 Uzbekistan 5511
Africa Algeria 5526 Angola 422 Benin 404 Botswana 9 Burkina Faso 137 Burundi 400 Cabo Verde 24 Cameroon 2392 Central African Rep 19 Chad 257 Comoros 3 Congo 389 Congo Democratic Republic of the 4385 Cote D'ivoire 552 Djibouti 249 Egypt 5529 Equatorial Guinea 4 Eritrea 376 Eswatini 5 Ethiopia 2761 Gabon 45 Gambia 65 Ghana 3398 Guinea 706 Guinea-Bissau 9 Kenya 3417 Liberia 1221 Libya 397 Madagascar 21 Malawi 23 Mali 90 Mauritania 174 Mauritius 1 Morocco 4469 Mozambique 2 Namibia 6 Niger 78 Rwanda 1024 Senegal 253 Sierra Leone 522 Somalia 1541 South Africa 222 South Sudan 53 Sudan 4863 Tanzania 165 Togo 1036 Tunisia 168 Uganda 1044 Western Sahara 2 Zambia 59 Zimbabwe 202
Asia Afghanistan 2724 Bahrain 10 Bhutan 115 Burma 1107 Cambodia 397 Indonesia 115 Iran 5506 Iraq 1300 Israel 66 Japan 194 Jordan 937 Kuwait 118 Laos 13 Lebanon 249 Malaysia 45 Maldives 1 Mongolia 296 Nepal 3808 North Korea 2 Oman 25 Qatar 92 Saudi Arabia 658 Singapore 11 Sri Lanka 2019 Syria 381 Taiwan 188 Thailand 685 United Arab Emirates 175 Yemen 2807
North America Bahamas 16
Oceania Australia 461 Cocos Islands 3 Cook Islands 6 Fiji 1718 Kirabati 2 Micronesia 4 Nauru 3 New Zealand 173 Palau 3 Papua New Guinea 21 Samoa 5 Tonga 78 Tuvalu 5 Vanuatu 21
South America Antigua and Barbuda 3 Argentina 133 Belize 4 Bolivia 46 Chile 27 Costa Rica 39 Cuba 1358 Dominica 4 Ecuador 466 Guatemala 84 Guyana 15 Nicaragua 77 Panama 11 Paraguay 9 Peru 1191 Saint Kitts and Nevis 2 Saint Lucia 3 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 Suriname 4 Trinidad and Tobago 31 Uruguay 7

People born in any of the following countries were not eligible to participate in the DV-2023 Lottery: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its territories, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Venezuela, and Vietnam. Read more about the Green Card Lottery requirements.

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.

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 United States diverse. Therefore, a certain number of Green Cards are designated for each continent and participating country each year.

Moreover, a certain quota is set each year, which determines the distribution of Green Cards among the different continents with their eligible countries.

Green Card distribution is divided by continents

This means that the 55,000 Green Cards will not be drawn in one go. Instead, six separate lotteries are held, so to speak. The participants from each continent are placed in a separate "lottery pot" and compete with each other, but not with the participants from other continents. In theory, the more people apply within a continent, the lower the chances for each individual. However, the more USA lovers apply from one country within a continent, the more Green Cards will likely be won by that country.

To a European, it basically doesn't matter how many people born in Africa or Asia participate in the Green Card Lottery because they are part of a different contingent.

  • The maximum number of Green Cards issued to any given country is set by law to 3,500 per year.
  • The highest allocations per continent go to Europe and Africa (about 20,000 Green Cards each).

Winner distribution with Africa as an example

Why do the Green Card statistics 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 Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, 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 has ten times more Green Card winners than South Africa, for example. The likelihood, however, that every winner in Ethiopia will continue with the Green Card application or meet all 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 due to the fact that the GreenCard winner does not respond or is not able to fulfill the necessary requirements for a Green Card after all.
  • Whereas in Europe it is rare for a winner to fail because of education, other regions often lack the necessary schooling or professional qualifications to take advantage of the Green Card.
  • In addition, it is often difficult for winners from poorer countries to provide the financial evidence to start a new life in the United States.

Why are there several countries with about 5,000 winners?

What is striking about the DV-2023 is that there are some countries from which there are around 5,000 winners. It can be assumed that, in these cases, more winners were drawn, but only about 5,000 people were notified. Experience of the US authorities shows that only up to about this threshold does a realistic chance of receiving one of the 3,500 Green Cards awarded per country exist.

Green Card distribution based on experience

The probability that winners from Europe will meet all the requirements and will be able to continue without any problems is much higher than in South America or Africa. For this reason, approximately 20 % fewer winners are notified in Europe than in Africa, so the statistically determined "failure rate" is already taken into account during the drawing. Therefore, if you are a qualified winner from any country with a high number of selectees, do not despair! Your chances are quite high that you will get your Green Card, especially if you trust in The American Dream’s advice during the process!

There are always more winners drawn than there are immigrant visas available. This is to ensure that around 55,000 Green Cards can actually be issued each year. Worldwide, approximately 100,000 people are drawn annually. From this group, the US authorities then expect about 55,000 qualified applicants. As a rule, the sum of the "surplus" of notified winners is well calculated by the years of experience of the US government and generally prevents people who are qualified and also want to accept the Green Card from being left out.

However, disqualifications do not only occur due to small mistakes when applying for the Green Card Lottery "by oneself." Winners also often fall by the wayside due to misunderstandings during the further selection process. After all, if you win, you have to fill out about 70 pages of online forms and present a number of documents at a personal appointment at the US consulate.

Fortunately, this cannot happen to customers of The American Dream. With more than 25 years of experience, we ensure that no situation is insurmountable and a personal advisor always knows a way out. The American Dream takes you on the way to the much-desired immigrant visa – from submitting the application until you hold the Green Card in your hands!

What are you waiting for? Fulfill your very own American Dream and sign up for the Green Card Lottery.