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Excluded Country's

Countries in this region whose natives are not eligible for this year’s diversity program:

Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru.

 

 

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LIST OF COUNTRIES/AREAS BY REGION WHOSE NATIVES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR DV-2016
The list below shows the countries whose natives are eligible for DV-2016, grouped by geographic region. Dependent areas overseas are included within the region of the governing country. The countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV-2016 program were identified by USCIS, 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.
AFRICA

Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic Chad

Comoros
Congo
Congo, Democratic Republic of the Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Djibouti
Egypt*
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
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 Swaziland Tanzania Togo
Tunisia Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe

* 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 Africa, natives of Nigeria are not eligible for this year’s diversity program. ASIA

Afghanistan
Bahrain
Bhutan
Brunei
Burma
Cambodia
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region** 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.

**Natives of the following Asia Region countries are not eligible for this year’s diversity program:
Bangladesh, China (mainland-born), India, Pakistan, South Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam. Hong Kong S.A.R. (Asia region), Macau S.A.R. (Europe region), and Taiwan (Asia region)
do qualify and are listed here.

EUROPE

Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria

Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Estonia
Finland
France (including components and areas overseas)
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Liechtenstein

Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau Special Administrative Region** Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Northern Ireland**
Norway
Poland
Portugal (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Vatican City
**Natives of the following European countries are not eligible for this year’s DV program: Great Britain (United Kingdom). Great Britain (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Note that for purposes of the diversity program only, Northern Ireland is treated separately; Northern Ireland does qualify and is listed among the qualifying areas.

Macau S.A.R. does qualify and is listed above.

NORTH AMERICA

The Bahamas
In North America, natives of Canada and Mexico are not eligible for this year’s diversity program.
OCEANIA

Australia (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Fiji
Kiribati

Marshall Islands
Micronesia, Federated States of
Nauru
New Zealand (including components and dependent areas overseas)

Palau
Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands Tonga
Tuvalu

Vanuatu Samoa

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
Antigua and Barbuda Argentina
Barbados
Belize

Bolivia Chile Costa Rica Cuba Dominica Grenada Guatemala Guyana

Honduras Nicaragua

Panama
Paraguay
Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay

Venezuela

 

Countries in this region whose natives are not eligible for this year’s diversity program:

Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru.

 

 

 

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