The green card lottery, or diversity visa DV-2017 program, results have been announced on May 3, 2016. For those interested in reviewing the outcomes, or checking whether their name is among the winners, the results are published here https://www.dvlottery.state.gov. According to the green card definition post, roughly 12 million people submit their names into the lottery pool annually for 50 thousand available green cards. That results in a rough 0.4% chance of winning. Or 4 people out of 1,000 can expect success. This is not a lot.
Green Card Lottery Requirements
Master Herald posted a summary of the green card lottery program and its requirements. We summarize major takeaways:
NACARA, or Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act allows for certain preferential treatment of citizens and/or residents of certain countries who seek immigration benefits with the USCIS. These countries include Guatemala, Salvador and former Soviet Block countries, such as Russia, any republic of the former Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia, or any state of the former Yugoslavia.
Green Card Lottery Eligible Countries
Citizens of not all countries can participate in the lottery. The program is designed to attract to the United States immigrants from regions with traditionally low rates of immigration to the U.S. The "low rate" is defined as less than 50,000 in the past 5 years.
Regions and eligible countries for the 2016 green card lottery are sourced from wikipedia.
Citizens from countries in Europe, most of Africa, Middle East, South East Asia, Australasia/Pacific Rim are eligible to participate in the lottery. The eligibility is reviewed periodically, but at least once in 5 years.
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