The Green Card Lottery is a path to U.S. permanent residency, without the need for a family or employer sponsor. If you live in Africa you may be eligible to apply.
The Green Card Lottery is a global program, available in most countries throughout the world. Fifty-thousand winners are selected each year to receive a green card. Different qualifying countries are chosen every year, based on which countries and regions sent the fewest numbers of immigrants to the United States. If you do not live in the region of Africa, check out the qualifying regions for green card lottery-2019.
Green Card Lottery qualifying countries from Africa
Below is a list of countries that qualify for latest Green Card Lottery (2019) from Africa region. Read more about requirements and find out your chance of winning a U.S. Green Card!
- Burkina Faso
- Cabo Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo, Democratic Republic of the
- Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast
- Equatorial Guinea
- Gambia, The
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
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What Is the Green Card Lottery?
The Green Card Lottery is lottery-based U.S. immigration system. It’s an opportunity for people to apply for U.S. green cards (permanent residency) who are from countries with historically low immigration rates. Entrants are not required to meet typical qualifications for permanent residency, including having close relatives in the U.S. or an offer of employment from a U.S. company.
If you win the Green Card Lottery (also known as the Diversity Visa Lottery), then you will still need to officially apply for U.S. permanent residency. Not all winners receive green cards.