To participate in the Green Card Lottery, you must satisfy General
Requirements and Education/Training Requirements. Both are described
To enter the Lottery, an applicant must be able to claim nativity in
an eligible country. Nativity, in most cases, is determined by the
applicant's place of birth.
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 (mainland, except Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan),
COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GREAT BRITAIN (and its
dependent territories*, except Northern Ireland), HAITI, INDIA,
JAMAICA, MEXICO, NIGERIA, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA and VIETNAM.
*The following dependent areas of Great Britain are not eligible to
participate in the Lottery: Anguilla, 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 Lottery even if you were
born in one of the ineligible countries listed above. There are 2
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.
A short statement explaining how you satisfy this exception must be
included on your application.
To enter, an applicant must have EITHER: