Anyone who wants to take part in the Green Card Lottery must be a native of an eligible country. You may not take part in the green card lottery if you are a national of a country that has sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. during the past five years. The list is revised each year.
The good news for DV-2010 is both Russia and Kosovo have been added to the list of eligible countries. No countries have been removed from the previous year's list.
For DV-2010, natives of the following countries are NOT eligible to apply because these countries have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the previous two years:
- China (mainland-born)
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- South Korea
- United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories
- Persons born in Hong Kong, SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan ARE eligible