DV lottery eligible countries.
1/2/2013 | Hema Bala
DV Lottery program allows certain country born people only to apply for it, if they have the required education/work experience. Each year, U.S Department of State (DOS) will announce which country natives are eligible to participate in the entry permit lotto program and which natives are not allowed to participate in their coming fiscal year program. Each year the list is calculated and published by them. So if you decide to participate in the program see whether your country is in the allowed country list for that year. This list may change every year as the immigration rate to the USA used to change rapidly.
Last held DV 2014 program for the fiscal year 2014, did not allow the following country natives to participate in it as they were not eligible according to the State Departments' unique calculation on that country's immigration in the past 5years to there.
Here are they Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (MAINLAND-BORN), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, 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.
India is in the ineligible country list. So any Indian person holding the German passport can't participate in this system as his birth country is not in the allowed country list.
Like wise a Nigerian person holding the UK passport can participate in this even the UK is in the not allowed country list, as his birth country is in the eligible country list.
According to DV-2014 instructions Bangladesh natives are not eligible to submit entries while Guatemala natives were eligible to participate in that visa lottery program. Those country natives who are listed below are eligible to participate in the green card lottery program if they do have the required eligibility requirements.
If you are coming from an ineligible country and if you try to submit one entry, you will not find your country name in the drop down menu once you try to enter your birth country name in the application form.
Mean while eligibile country list for this year diversity visa lottery program DV 2015 is still not published by the State Department.
Countries which are eligible for the DV Lottery.