Nigeria US Visa Lottery 2023: It is no news that the United States of America (USA) has excluded Nigerians from taking part in its 2023 Diversity Visa Lottery (DVL) programme, also known as the Green Card Lottery.
The exclusion of Nigeria from the 2023 US Visa Lottery scheme makes it eight years in a row that the United States of America banned the most populous African country from immigrants entering via DVL.
The DVL programme is a United States government lottery that offers the chance to applicants from Africa and other continents to get the US Permanent Resident Card.
Every year, many Nigerians apply to enter the US through Diversity Visa Lottery, but in this year’s programme US government said that over 50,000 citizens from Nigeria have relocated to the United States in the last five years.
Nigeria is the only African country excluded
According to the instructions outlined in the 2023 DVL programme, Nigeria is the only African country barred from participating this year.
The instructions read;
“For DV-2023, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years.
“Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, Venezuela and Vietnam. Natives of Macau SAR and Taiwan are not eligible.”
Why Nigeria Excluded From US 2023 Visa Lottery
From the instruction above, “more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years.”
According to statistics, the total number of Nigerians living in the US is 382,820, revealing that the total Nigerian population between 2015 and 2020 increased by 116,847 people..
The data also shows that New York City has the most significant Black immigrant population of any metropolitan area in the United States, totalling about 1.1 million people in 2019.
Miami and Washington DC are second and third areas housing a total of 490,000 and 260,000 black migrants, respectively.