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List of countries that can apply for US Lottery Visa

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The list below shows the countries and areas whose natives are eligible for DV-2025, grouped by geographic region. 

Dependent areas overseas are included within the region of the governing country.  

This means if you are outside the country of a particular region, you still form part of the country unless you have your citizenship changed

DHS identified the countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV-2025 program according to the formula in Section 203(c) of the INA. 

The countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV
program (because they are the principal source countries of Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based
immigration or “high admission” countries) are noted after the respective regional lists. 

This forms part of the DV Lottery requirement

Africa

Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cabo VerdeCentral African Republic
Chad 
Comoros 
Congo 
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 
Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 
Djibouti 
Egypt* 
Equatorial Guinea 
Eritrea 
Eswatini
Ethiopia 
Gabon 
Gambia, The 
Ghana 
Guinea 
Guinea-Bissau 
Kenya 
Lesotho 
Liberia 
Libya 
Madagascar 
Malawi 
Mali 
Mauritania 
Mauritius 
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia 
South Africa 
South Sudan 
Sudan
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
In Africa, natives of Nigeria are not eligible for this year’s Diversity Visa program.

Asia

Afghanistan
Bahrain 
Bhutan 
Brunei 
Burma 
Cambodia 
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel*
Japan* Jordan*  Kuwait  Laos  Lebanon  Malaysia  Maldives  Mongolia  Nepal  North Korea  Oman  Qatar  Saudi Arabia  Singapore  Sri Lanka  Syria*  Taiwan  Thailand 
Timor-Leste 
United Arab Emirates 
Yemen 
*Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt.  

Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable
to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria. 

In the next article we will talk about the picture requirement for DV Lottery

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