Eligible and ineligible countries for the DV-2023 Visa Lottery

Do you want to know if your country is among those eligible to participate in the Visa Lottery 2023? We’ll explain everything to you below.

The following official list which is issued by the United States State Department shows what are the ineligible countries to participate in the American Visa Lottery.

This means that the citizens from these countries won’t be able to receive the status of permanent residents of the United States (which includes getting a green card and a work permit to be able to live legally in the US) for the Lottery program of the fiscal year 2023, unless you meet one of the two conditions that we explained in the requirements part, if you haven’t read it, check it out so you can see if you still have possibilities.

What are the ineligible countries for the 2023 Visa Lottery?

List of ineligible countries for the DV-2023

  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China (including the Hong Kong Special Administration Region)
  • Colombia
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • The Philippines
  • South Korea
  • The United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its territories
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Natives from the Macao and Taiwan special administration regions are eligible.

But, why are these countries ineligible? The answer is very simple. Every year, the US State Department verifies which countries had a large number of their citizens emigrate to the US in the last 5 years, and if this number is greater than 50,000, then those countries will not be able to participate in the Diversity Visa Program.

Which are the eligible countries to participate in the DV-2023?

The answer is even simpler. ALL of the countries that are NOT on the above list will be the ones that can participate in the 2023 visa lottery. Anyway, if you were born in an ineligible country, you still have possibilities and we’ll explain to you the requirements to participate in the 2023 visa lottery.


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