According to the reports published by U.S. Department of State more than 370,000 Iranians registered for DV-2013 program and over 6000 of them won the lottery.
The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is also known as the Green Card Lottery.
Those born in any territory that has sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years are not eligible to receive a diversity visa. It is noteworthy that the term 50,000 “immigrants” refers only to people who immigrated via the family-sponsored, employment, or immediate relatives of U.S. citizen categories, and does not include other categories such as refugees, asylum seekers, NACARA beneficiaries, or previous diversity immigrants. It is for this reason that Cuba, Iran, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Nigeria, Iraq and Venezuela are not on the ineligible list as of 2012 despite sending over 50,000 immigrants in the previous five years. In Asia region, countries such as Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, China and Bangladesh were ineligible nations in DV-2013 program.