Nigeria only African country excluded from 2022 US visa lottery

Nigeria is the only African country barred from participating in the 2022 US diversity visa (DV) lottery.

According to report, the online registration for the DV-2022 programme began on 7th October, and end on 10th November 2020.

However, the details of Nigeria’s current exclusion are not different from that of the 2021 US DV lottery released in 2019, the ban dates back to 2015.

According to documents seen in 2015, more than three million entries were received from Nigerians for the DV lottery in 2013 and 2014.


While no single country is allocated more than seven percent of the available DV slots for each year, Nigeria is currently missing from the 2022 list.

“Nigerians are no longer eligible for the Diversity Visa Lottery. Only people that were born outside of Nigeria or have parents that were born outside of Nigeria are eligible for the Diversity Visa. If you were born in Nigeria to Nigerian born parents, you are not eligible for the visa lottery,” a statement on the US embassy website read.

However, other countries that are barred include: El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

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