3) You Must Prepare Supporting Documents
Before your interview with a consular office, you must gather all required documents. It is strongly recommended that you begin this process early.
You, as the applicant, and each of your family member who will accompany you to the United States will need to present original documents or certified copies of the documents listed below from an appropriate office, authority, or issuing entity in your country. You will take the documents with you to your interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
The required documents are as follows:
- Required DV Qualifying Education or Work Experience.
- Birth Certificates for each applicant.
- Police Records for each applicant 16 years of age or older.
- Financial Documents to demonstrate that you have the financial means to support yourself and not become a public charge on the U.S. government.
- Medical examination for each applicant.
- Court and Prison Records for applicants who have been convicted of a crime.
- Deportation Documentation for applicants who have previously been deported or removed from the United States.
- Marriage Records (marriage certificate and/or marriage termination documentation).
- Military Records for persons who have served in the military forces.
- Custody Documentation for adopted children.
For more information about these required documents, please visit U.S. Department of State at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/diversity-visa/if-you-are-selected/prepare-supporting-documents.html.
Translation Requirements: It is important to remember that all your documents must be in English. If some of your documents are not in English, then they must be accompanied by certified English translations. The translation must include a statement signed by the translator that states that:
- The translation is accurate, and,
- The translator is competent to translate.
If you do not bring a complete set of applicable documents to your interview, your visa may be delayed or even denied. For that reason, it is important to have an experienced U.S. immigration attorney help you in this process. A good lawyer will help you submit the online forms, collect the required documents, and prepare you and your family for the interview.
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