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American Visa Lottery - Eligible Countries and Ineligible Countries
The term "country" includes countries, economies, and other jurisdictions explicitly listed below.
Ineligible CountriesNatives of the following countries are not eligible to apply in DV-2020 because those countries sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Slvador, 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.
Please note that this list is subject to change from time to time.
Please note that the term "50,000 immigrants" includes only those people who immigrated via the family-based (including immediate relatives of U.S. citizens) or employment-based immigration categories. It does not include other categories such as refugees, asylum seekers, NACARA beneficiaries, or previous diversity immigrants. Therefore, even though the countries like Cuba, Ukraine, Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Nigeria sent more than 50,000 immigrants in previous five years, they are still in the list of eligible countries.
Look at cross chargeability to see if you are eligible to apply anyway through the country of birth of your spouse or parents.
Eligible CountriesThe following list shows the countries who natives are eligible for DV-2020, grouped by geographical region. Dependant areas overseas are included within the region of the governing country. Ineligible countries are also listed after the eligible countries list, within each region.
Central African Republic
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Sao Tome and Principe
Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt.
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
United Arab Emirates
Natives of the following Asia Region countries are not eligible for this year’s diversity program:
Hong Kong S.A.R., Macau S.A.R., and Taiwan do qualify and are listed above.
Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, and Syria are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, and Syria.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Denmark (including components and dependent areas overseas)
France (including components and areas overseas)
Macau Special Administrative Region
Netherlands (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Portugal (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Natives of the following European countries are not eligible for this year’s DV program:
Great Britain (United Kingdom).
Great Britain (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas:
British Virgin Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands.
Note that for purposes of the diversity program only, Northern Ireland is treated separately; Northern Ireland does qualify and is listed among the qualifying areas.
NORTH AMERICAThe Bahamas
In North America, natives of Canada and Mexico are not eligible for this year’s diversity program.
Australia (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Micronesia, Federated States of
New Zealand (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Papua New Guinea
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
Antigua and Barbuda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Countries in this region whose natives are not eligible for this year’s diversity program: