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Which countries can participate?

Qualified Birth Countries

Persons from ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD ARE ELIGIBLE to participate in the Green Card Lottery, EXCEPT persons born in the following countries:

BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (including Hong Kong SAR but excluding Macau SAR and Taiwan), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, HONDURAS, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, NIGERIA, PAKISTAN, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM and its dependent territories* (except Northern Ireland) and VIETNAM.

*The following dependent areas of the United Kingdom are not eligible to participate in the Visa Lottery: Anguila, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands.

You may still qualify to participate in the Green Card Lottery even if you were born in one of the ineligible countries listed above. There are 2 exceptions:

  • If your spouse was born in an eligible country, then you can claim your spouse's country of birth.
  • If one of your parents was born in an eligible country, then you can claim your parent's country of birth.

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