According to the U.S. State Department, there were a total of 16.1 million entries for the DV-2011 green card lottery program including all family (derivative) members. According to news reports, 12.1 million applications were filed, which means that each registration counted for an average of 1.4 applicants each, including the principle applicant, his/her spouse and children.
The highest number of winners in DV-2011 lottery program were from the following countries:
Ghana – 6002, Nigeria – 6000, Ukraine – 6000, Bangladesh – 5999, Ethiopia – 5200, Uzbekistan – 5091, Kenya – 4689, Egypt – 4251, Sierra Leone – 3911, Cameroon – 3674, Iran – 2819, Democratic republic of the Congo – 2575, Turkey – 2266, Nepal – 2189, Morocco – 2003, Germany – 1895, Liberia – 1826 , Algeria – 1753, Albania – 1469.
Successful applicants of the DV-2011 lottery were notified between May and July of 2010. For successful DV 2011 entrants, the DV immigrant visa application process is underway and most likely visas will be issued by September 30, 2011.
The same countries with large numbers of lottery winners in the year 2009 green card lottery (DV-2011) also had significant totals for the year 2008 (DV-2010):
Ghana – 8,752 , Nigeria – 6006 , Bangladesh – 6001, Ukraine – 5499, Ethiopia – 5200, Kenya – 4619, Egypt – 4201, Uzbekistan – 4059, Sierra Leone – 3898, Cameroon – 3719, Morocco – 3124 , Turkey – 2,826, Iran – 2773, Albania – 2311, Germany – 2188, Liberia – 2172, Nepal – 2132, Algeria – 1947, Democratic republic of the Congo – 1817.
Successful entrants of Diversity Visa program will receive instructions and then will have to demonstrate that they are eligible for a diversity immigrant visa by successfully completing the next steps. The Kentucky Consular Center will send instructions and you will then be required to complete the immigrant visa application, submit necessary documents and forms, pay the appropriate fees and go through a medical examination.
You will then be interviewed by a consular officer at the US embassy or consulate to establish your claim that you qualify for the diversity visa. The Kentucky Consular Center will provide application information either through mail (for DV-2011 successful entrants) or online through the Entry Status Check at www.dvlottery.state.gov (for DV-2012 successful entrants).
All successful green card lottery entrants should be eligible to get a visa by satisfying education, work, and other eligibility requirements. Every DV entrant must have at least:
- A high school education or its equivalent; or
- Two years of work experience during the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years training or experience.