Are You Eligible ?

List of Non-Eligible Countries

The US Department of State published the following list of non-eligible countries for DV-2021.
If you were born in one or these countries you can NOT participate in DV-2021.

AFRICA

Nigeria

ASIA

Bangladesh
China mainland-born*
India
Pakistan
South Korea
Philippines
Vietnam

*Macau SAR, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan qualify

EUROPE

Great Britain/U.K.*

The U.K. includes: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, S. Georgia and S. Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands.

*Northern Ireland does qualify

NORTH AMERICA

Canada
Mexico

CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil
Colombia
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Guatemala
Haiti
Jamaica

Nota Bene. People born in a Dependency or Overseas Territory, must claim the appropriate country as their Country of Eligibility on the Entry Form.

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.

Persons born in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal.

Persons born in the Habomai Islands, Shikotan, Kunashiri, and Etorofu are chargeable to Japan.
Persons born in Southern Sakhalin are chargeable to Russia.

Bona Fide Relationship Requirement

DV Winners from certain countries can be required to prove a ‘bona fide relationship’ with a family member in the U.S. in order to obtain the visa.
Currently these countries are: Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela (government officials & family only).

Qualifying family members are:

  • parent, step-parent
  • father/mother-in-law
  • spouse
  • fiancé(e)
  • child
  • adult son/daughter
  • son or daughter-in-law
  • brother or sister, step-brother or sister
  • half-brother or sister
  • brother or sister-in-law
  • aunt or uncle
  • nephew/niece
  • first cousin
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