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Additional Requirements DV Lottery Winners when Appearing for the Visa Interview at the Embassy in Riga
  1. Photographs

    Provide two new color full-face photographs for each applicant, regardless of age. The photographs must be unretouched and taken against a plain (unpatterned) white or off-white background. Applicant’s face must be looking directly at the camera, rather than down or to either side. Both ears should be exposed; the applicant cannot wear sunglasses, head coverings or hats, except for religious reasons. Hats and head coverings worn for religious reasons cannot obscure any part of the applicant’s face. Dimensions - 5 x 5 cm. There may be a small (approx. 6mm) white border on one side of the photograph; the subject’s face must measure 3 cm from the top of the head to the chin. Photographs must be current (i.e. taken within the last six months). The image must be sharp and correctly exposed.

  2. Requirements for immigration by a minor child (under the age of 18)

    If a visa applicant is a child under 18 years of age, both parents should be present at the visa interview to provide their consent for issuance of a U.S. visa to their child. . If a parent cannot be physically present at the time of the visa interview, a notarized statement should be brought to the interview giving the absent parent's unconditional consent to the issuance of a U.S. visa for the child. The child’s parents will be identified through the child’s birth certificate, the parents’ passports with the child’s name written in them, and/or other documents proving legal custody.

  3. Additional requirements for recently married visa applicants

    If you registered your marriage AFTER submitting the DV lottery application that entitles you and your spouse to apply for the immigrant visa, please be prepared to present suitable documentation at the time of your immigrant visa interview to establish the bona fides of that marriage.

    The types of documentation listed below have proven helpful in previous adjudications of visa cases involving such recent marriages. The type of documentation that you will need to present will depend upon your particular circumstances. Failure to present satisfactory documentation may delay issuance of your immigrant visa:

    • receipts showing joint obligations for housing and living expenses, such as rent, utilities, telephone, etc.;
    • evidence of mortgages, leases, credit accounts, or other financial obligations undertaken jointly;
    • evidence of joint ownership of property;
    • evidence of joint management of finances, such as joint bank accounts, insurance policies, retirement plans;
    • evidence (e.g. phone bills, photos, letters, etc.) of correspondence between the married couple prior and during the marriage;
    • correspondence to both spouses from family members;
    • evidence (e.g. invitations, cards, correspondence, etc.) from other parties recognizing you and your spouse as a married couple;
    • any other documentation or evidence which indicates that the parties to the marriage have formed a genuine economic and marital union.
  4. Additional evidence which may be presented to meet the public charge provisions

    The Immigration and Nationality Act requires applicants to establish to the satisfaction of the consular officer at the time of the visa application, and also to the satisfaction of an officer of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the time of application for admission to the United States, that he or she is not likely at any time to become a public charge. Applicants may generally satisfy the requirement of the law by presenting documentary evidence establishing that:

    • they have personal funds sufficient to provide support for themselves and dependent family members (if any) until suitable employment is located;