The US State Department has released a breakdown by country of winners of the DV-2020 Diversity Visa, popularly known as the Green Card Lottery.
The State Department says out of 14,722,798 applicants from around the world who participated in the DV-2020 lottery, 83,884 applicants won the lottery and may now make an application for an immigrant visa (green card).
The top five countries that won the most immigrant visas are Egypt (5,568 winners), Russia (5,118), the Democratic Republic of Congo (4,743), Iran (4,101), Nepal (3,696), and Sudan (3,691).
Other countries with the high numbers of winners included Algeria (2,745) Turkey (2,709), Cuba (2,703), and Morocco (2,202).
Kenya had 1,801 winners.
The Diversity Visa program makes 50,000 permanent resident visas (green cards) available to nationals of countries with low immigration rates to the United States.
Winners of DV-2020 participated in the lottery registration period that was open online at the dvlottery.state.gov website between October 3rd, 2018 and November 6th, 2018. Those who participated in the lottery have until September 30, 2020 to check online if they won.
In order to migrate to the United States on a green card, winners are required to submit an online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application (DS-260) to be scheduled for an interview at the US embassies or consulates located in their home countries, and to have received an immigrant visa by September 30, 2020.