DV-2020 lottery: which countries have won the most green cards this year
The U.S. Department of State published the official 2020 Green Card Lottery results on the August 2019 Visa Bulletin.
The Kentucky Consular Center registered and notified the winners of the lottery, numbering approximately 83,884, and these people can now apply for an immigrant visa.
The Green Card gives immigrants the legal right to live, work and study in the United States and, ultimately, become American citizens.
Green Card Lottery Program in numbers
Each year, according to this program, 50,000 immigrant visas are awarded, they are distributed among 100,000 winners from all over the world (winners are chosen more than visas, since many of them do not meet the requirements for obtaining a green card after verification). Winners may eventually immigrate to the United States and receive a permit for permanent residence and permanent work in the country.
So far, only 83,884 winners have been selected for the green card draw for 2020; in the fall of 2019, the US government is expected to select another 30,000-40,000 winners.
Among the winners at the moment are 3 313 Ukrainians, 5 118 Russians, 1 512 Belarusians and 128 Israelis.
Most of the other post-Soviet countries each won approximately 1,500 green cards, among them: Uzbekistan - 1,743, Georgia - 1,131, Kazakhstan - 1,584, Kyrgyzstan - 1,223, Moldova - 1,112, Tajikistan - 1,401 and Armenia - 1 422.
At the moment, Russia is one of the leaders in the number of winners, second only to Egypt, whose citizens won 5,568 green cards. The Democratic Republic of the Congo also entered the top five; its citizens won 4,743 green cards, ensuring their country 3th place in the ranking. Iran was on the 4th place, its citizens won 4 101 green cards. And Sudan closes the top five, where the win amounted to 3 691 green cards.
In total, 14,722,798 people took part in the green card lottery for 2020.