GREEN CARD | UNITED STATES

American lottery to obtain a Green Card

Every year, more than 50,000 people around the world obtain a Green Card thanks to the American lottery. To earn the right to a Green Card, applicants take part in a random computerized draw held once a year.

Participate in this annual lottery by registering online in just a few minutes by clicking on the online form.

What is the Green Card lottery?

The United States has set up a program to manage the diversity of foreign immigration. This process is called the Diversity Visa Program. It includes an annual drawing of lots among candidates for immigration to the USA. Winners are eligible to apply for a Green Card under the Diversity Visa Program.

When does the Green Card lottery take place?

Entries to the Green Card lottery draw are made during a period set by the U.S. administration. This registration phase takes place as follows:

The final draw takes place in November each year.

How do I enter the lottery?

Registration is online only. There are two main steps to registration:

Check your eligibility to enter the lottery

The first condition of eligibility: the first condition of eligibility for the Green Card lottery is that you must not be a national of a country not authorized to participate.

The United States is keen to maintain a mixed immigrant population. Every year, the U.S. government determines which countries are ineligible to participate in the Green Card lottery. This selection of non-participating countries is based on the following rule: Nationals of countries with more than 50,000 citizens who immigrated to the U.S. in the previous five years are not eligible to participate in this year’s drawing.

The second eligibility condition : The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree or have held a position for 2 years or more within the last 5 years, requiring a level of training or experience of at least 2 years.

Online lottery registration

Registration for the green card lottery takes just a few minutes by completing the online form.

How can I find out the results of the Green Card lottery?

The results of the Green Card draw are published every year at least 6 months after the November draw. Lottery results are published online from May of the following year.

The U.S. State Department, which manages the Diversity Visa Program, publishes statistics online on the number of applicants who take part in the lottery each year.

Are there country quotas for the lottery?

There are no quotas per country at registration to participate in the Green Card lottery. The Diversity Visa Program, on the other hand, sets quotas by country for the final allocation of diversity visas: citizens from any one country may not represent more than 7% of the total number of winners.

Example for 2023: For a total of 55,000 Green Cards issued in 2023, no country could have more than 7% of them, i.e. a maximum of 3,850 Green Cards.

Summary of candidates who participated in the lottery from 2019 to 2021

The latest figures published by the U.S. Department of State concerning the number of online registrations for the Green Card lottery are for the year 2021. Here is a summary of participation from 2019 to 2021, broken down by geographical area:

Geographic zones 201920202021
African countries7 832 8948 145 3903 100 982
Asian countries1 871 8241 952 4891 281 046
Countries in Europe4 349 5554 072 3242 014 089
North American countries (Bahamas)1 5061 445937
Oceania countries23 20122 72216 672
Central and South American countries273 033528 428327 402
Total number of applications14 352 01314 722 7986 741 128
Number of Green Card lottery applicants from 2019 to 2021 by geographical area

These statistics have been compiled from public data published by the State Department on travel.state.gov.

What happens after the Green Card lottery?

Lottery winners must follow several steps after winning the lottery. The next steps in the procedure are :