The Green Card Lottery popularly known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, is a United States-sponsored lottery program for the United States Permanent Resident Card.
The 1991 Immigration Act introduced the current and permanent Diversity Visa (DV) program.
The lottery is managed by the Department of State and conducted under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as amended by the Immigration Act of 1991.
The lottery provides 55,000 permanent immigration visas each year, and aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States by selecting applicants from low-immigration countries over the previous five years.
Currently, countries that have sent 55,000 or more immigrants to the US over the past six years are ineligible.
Below is a list of countries that can not participate in the 2019 lottery:
2. China (mainland born)
4. El Salvador
9. United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories
The policy was the same and not with the current US President Donald Trump.
In 2014, a similar announcement was published in a number of countries.