The DV lottery is called the DV-2020 Lottery, where 2020 means the year where successful applicants can enter the United States of America in January, 2020 after they have won a permanent resident card in the lottery, submitted their immigration forms and participated in a successful green card interview at the Embassy closest to where they live.
To qualify for the USA Diversity Visa Lottery, an applicant was required be a foreign citizen or national not born in the United States of America, from a country with a low immigration rate to the United States.
People born in countries with high US immigration were excluded from this immigration program.
Natives from the following countries are excluded from participation in the Green Card lottery program this year
China (mainland only)
(except Northern Ireland)
Please note, eligibility is determined only by the country of your birth, it is not based on country of citizenship or current residence. This is the most common misperception that applicants make when entering this immigration program.
Nonetheless, if you were born in one of the non-qualifying countries in the table above, you could still be able to participate in the USA Diversity Visa Lottery based on the country of birth of your parents or spouse.
The United Kingdom included the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Note: Northern Ireland does qualify.
Natives born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt for the USA Diversity Visa Lottery this year and were to use Egypt as their country of birth. Natives born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan were eligible to enter the DV immigration program.