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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 2023.

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

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Global winner statistics

Europe Albania 2667 Andorra 2 Armenia 3869 Aruba 1 Austria 34 Azerbaijan 2046 Belarus 2418 Belgium 35 Bosnia & Herzegovina 31 Bulgaria 142 Croatia 30 Curacao 1 Cyprus 25 Czech Republic 46 Denmark 16 Estonia 33 Finland 29 France 327 French Polynesia 1 Georgia 3194 Germany 466 Greece 66 Hungary 102 Iceland 5 Ireland 18 Italy 256 Kazakhstan 2728 Kosovo 463 Kyrgyzstan 4464 Latvia 97 Lithuania 106 Macau 4 Malta 1 Moldova 950 Monaco 1 Montenegro 21 Netherlands 39 New Caledonia 4 North Macedonia 258 Northern Ireland 1 Norway 9 Poland 497 Portugal 39 Romania 267 Russia 5514 Serbia 186 Sint Maarten 1 Slovakia 33 Slovenia 2 Spain 137 Sweden 31 Switzerland 30 Tajikistan 3580 Turkey 3684 Turkmenistan 1313 Ukraine 4286 Uzbekistan 5555
Africa Algeria 5142 Angola 582 Benin 1002 Botswana 16 Burkina Faso 191 Burundi 876 Cabo Verde 15 Cameroon 3485 Central African Rep 30 Chad 490 Comoros 10 Congo 660 Congo Democratic Republic of the 2580 Cote D'ivoire 672 Djibouti 333 Egypt 5509 Equatorial Guinea 19 Eritrea 211 Eswatini 2 Ethiopia 3034 Gabon 86 Gambia 156 Ghana 2088 Guinea 1362 Guinea-Bissau 21 Kenya 3760 Liberia 2208 Libya 257 Madagascar 25 Malawi 42 Mali 119 Mauritania 274 Mauritius 4 Morocco 4250 Mozambique 7 Namibia 10 Niger 93 Rwanda 1604 Senegal 504 Sierra Leone 735 Somalia 2383 South Africa 199 South Sudan 59 Sudan 5435 Tanzania 348 Togo 2105 Tunisia 221 Uganda 1515 Zambia 85 Zimbabwe 216
Asia Afghanistan 4536 Bahrain 8 Bhutan 347 Burma 1667 Cambodia 340 Indonesia 104 Iran 5077 Iraq 1348 Israel 71 Japan 200 Jordan 1188 Kuwait 162 Laos 27 Lebanon 214 Malaysia 32 Maldives 1 Mongolia 300 Nepal 3863 Oman 20 Qatar 74 Saudi Arabia 619 Singapore 6 Sri Lanka 2622 Syria 692 Taiwan 279 Thailand 467 United Arab Emirates 211 Yemen 3485
North America Bahamas 15
Oceania Australia 795 Christmas Island 1 Cocos Islands 3 Cook Islands 69 Fiji 2936 Kirabati 21 Micronesia 1 Nauru 32 New Zealand 256 Palau 4 Papua New Guinea 15 Samoa 9 Solomon Islands 22 Tonga 246 Tuvalu 11 Vanuatu 29
South America Antigua and Barbuda 1 Argentina 127 Barbados 4 Belize 5 Bolivia 85 Chile 51 Costa Rica 68 Cuba 3081 Dominica 6 Ecuador 814 Guatemala 146 Guyana 9 Nicaragua 117 Panama 17 Paraguay 9 Peru 742 Saint Lucia 3 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2 Trinidad and Tobago 37 Uruguay 7

People born in any of the following countries were not eligible to participate in the DV-2025 Lottery: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, 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 do some countries have more than 3,500 winners?

The drawing process is basically fair and equal within a continental group. From a purely statistical point of view, it is therefore inevitable that there will be more winners from one country the more people from that country take part.

However, in order to keep immigration diverse, a cap of 3,500 Green Cards per participating country was introduced. In case of an extremely large number of applicants from one nation, more than 3,500 winners can be picked due to the automated selection, but only the first 3,500 qualified responses will be processed and corresponding Green Cards will be issued.

In the countries with less than 3,500 winners, on the other hand, it is extremely likely that you will be issued the desired immigrant visa at the US consulate, providing you meet all the requirements and do not make any mistakes when accepting the win. Of course, we help all our customers with the formalities of accepting the win free of charge within the scope of their service tariff!

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.