Lottery-Eligible Countries for 2012 Registration (DV-2014) Announced

Wondering whether you can enter the United States green card (diversity visa) lottery this year? The U.S. Department of State (DOS) just published the instructions, which includes this year’s list of eligible and non-eligible countries. As you may know, the visa lottery is open only to natives of countries whose citizens are the least represented when it comes to U.S. immigration, so the list changes annually.

For DV-2014, here’s the list of countries whose natives are not eligible to register:

BANGLADESH
BRAZIL
CANADA
CHINA (mainland-born)
COLOMBIA
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ECUADOR
EL SALVADOR
HAITI
INDIA
JAMAICA
MEXICO
PAKISTAN
PERU
PHILIPPINES
SOUTH KOREA
UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and
VIETNAM.

If you don’t see your country’s name on the list, and you meet the other eligibility requirements (described at “Winning a Green Card Through the Visa Lottery“), you are free to submit a registration, which you can do between noon on October 2, 2012, and noon on Saturday, November 3, 2012. (These are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).) Last year’s country list included Guatemala, but not this year’s!