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NEW INFORMATION FOR DV-2015

For Green Card Lottery DV-2015, natives of the following countries are NOT eligible to apply because they sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the previous five years: BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, NIGERIA, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland which does qualify) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM.

Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan ARE eligible.

Persons born in Northern Ireland do qualify.


Following is the list of eligible countries for DV-2015.
DV-2015 QUALIFYING COUNTRIES LISTED BY REGION
AFRICA
ASIA
EUROPE
NORTH AMERICA
OCEANIA
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN

The lists below show the countries whose natives are QUALIFIED within each geographic region for this diversity program. The determination of countries within each region is based on information provided by the Geographer of the Department of State. The countries whose natives do not qualify for the DV-2015 program were identified by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) according to the formula in Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Dependent areas overseas are included within the region of the governing country. The countries whose natives do NOT qualify for this diversity program (because they are the principal source countries of Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based immigration, or "high admission" countries) are noted in parentheses after the respective regional lists.


AFRICA

ALGERIA, ANGOLA, BENIN, BOTSWANA, BURKINA FASO, BURUNDI, CAMEROON, CAPE VERDE, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CHAD, COMOROS, CONGO, CONGO- DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF, COTE D'IVIORE (IVORY COAST), DJIBOUTI, EGYPT, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA, GABON, GAMBIA-THE, GHANA, GUINEA, GUINEA-BISSAU, KENYA, LESOTHO, LIBERIA , LIBYA, MADAGASCAR, MALAWI, MALI, MAURITANIA, MAURITIUS, MOROCCO, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, NIGER, RWANDA, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, SENEGAL, SEYCHELLES, SIERRA LEONE, SOMALIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN, SUDAN, SWAZILAND, TANZANIA, TOGO, TUNISIA, UGANDA, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE

Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.

NIGERIA does NOT qualify for DV-2015. .


ASIA

AFGHANISTAN, BAHRAIN, BHUTAN, BRUNEI, BURMA, CAMBODIA, EAST TIMOR, HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION, INDONESIA, IRAN, IRAQ, ISRAEL, JAPAN, JORDAN, KUWAIT, LAOS, LEBANON, MALAYSIA, MALDIVES, MONGOLIA, NEPAL, NORTH KOREA, OMAN, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA, SINGAPORE, SRI LANKA, SYRIA, TAIWAN, THAILAND, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, YEMEN

(Asia countries which do not qualify for DV-2015 program: BANGLADESH, CHINA - mainland born, INDIA, PAKISTAN, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA and VIETNAM.)

Persons born in HONG KONG S.A.R. TAIWAN do qualify and are listed above. MACAU S.A.R. does qualify and is listed below.

Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, and Syria are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, and Syria. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.


EUROPE

ALBANIA, ANDORRA,ARMENIA, AUSTRIA, AZERBAIJAN, BELARUS, BELGUIM, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, BULGARIA, CROATIA, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK including components and dependent areas overseas, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE including components and dependent areas oversees, GEORGIA, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, ICELAND, IRELAND (only Northern Ireland) , ITALY, KAZAKSTAN, KOSOVO, KYRGYZSTAN, LATVIA, LICHTENSTEIN, LITHUANIA, LUXEMBOURG, MACAU SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION, MACEDONIA, MALTA, MOLDOVA, MONACO, MONTENEGRO, NETHERLANDS including components and dependent areas overseas, NORTHERN IRELAND, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL including components and dependent areas overseas, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SAN MARINO, SERBIA, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TAJIKISTAN, TURKEY, TURKMENISTAN, UKRAINE, , UZBEKISTAN, VATICAN CITY

(European countries not qualified for the DV-2015 program: GREAT BRITAIN (UNITED KINGDOM). Great Britain (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, and 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.

Macau S.A.R. does qualify and is listed above.


NORTH AMERICA

THE BAHAMAS

(In North America, CANADA AND MEXICO do not qualify for the DV-2015 diversity program.)


OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA including components and dependent areas overseas, FIJI, KIRIBATI, MARSHALL ISLANDS, MICRONESIA Federated States of, NAURU, NEW ZEALAND including components and dependent areas overseas, PALAU, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, TONGA, TUVALU, VANUATU and SAMOA


SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, ARGENTINA, BARBADOS, BELIZE, BOLIVIA, CHILE, COSTA RICA, CUBA, DOMINICA, GRENADA, GUATEMALA, GUYANA, HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS, SAINT LUCIA, SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, SURINAME, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, URUGUAY, VENEZUELA

(Countries in this region which do not qualify for DV-2015 diversity program: BRAZIL, COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, HAITI, JAMAICA, MEXICO, and PERU.)

As stated in the North American section, MEXICO does not qualify.


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