List of Documents which DV Lottery Winners Must Prepare
First: All application forms that you are required to submit to the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) can be downloaded and completed electronically by clicking on the following link: www.travel.state.gov (see Immigrant Visa Applications). Please note that all answers must be provided in English.
Second: Prepare all required documents per the list below for submitting to the Embassy at the time of your visa interview. Please do not send any of the documents listed below to the KCC.
- PASSPORTS: A passport must be valid for travel to the United States and must have at least six months validity beyond the issuance date of the visa. Each visa applicant, regardless of age, must present their own passport.
- BIRTH CERTIFICATES: One certified copy of the birth certificate for each person named in the application is required. Birth records must be presented for all unmarried children under age 21, even if they do not wish to immigrate at the time of the interview. If any children are deceased, parents must indicate the date of the child’s death or provide an official report of death for the child. The certificate must state the child’s date of birth, place of birth and the names of both parents. The certificate must also indicate that it is an extract from official records. If you or any children listed on the application were adopted, you must submit a certified copy of the final adoption decree.
UNOBTAINABLE BIRTH CERTIFICATE: In rare cases, it may be impossible to obtain a birth certificate, for example, when official records have been destroyed or when governments are unable or unwilling to issue a certificate. In such cases, you should obtain a statement to that effect from the civil registrar's office and proceed to obtain secondary evidence of birth. A baptismal certificate may be submitted for consideration, if baptism of the child took place shortly after the child’s birth. The certificate must contain the child’s date of birth, place of birth and information concerning parentage. Should a baptismal certificate be unobtainable, a close relative, preferably the applicant's mother, should prepare a notarized statement giving the child’s date of birth, place of birth, the names of both parents, and the maiden name of the mother. This statement must be executed before an official authorized to administer oaths or affirmations. In such cases, please bring to the interview any secondary evidence you might have concerning the individual’s birth.
- MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES/MARRIAGE TERMINATION RECORDS: Married persons are required to present a certified copy of their marriage certificate. Proof of the termination of any previous marriage must also be submitted (e.g. death certificate of spouse or final decree of divorce, or annulment).
- OTHER DOCUMENTS REFLECTING NAME CHANGE: You must present additional evidence from archives or courts, if the above listed ones do not reflect all name changes you have had in the past. For example, you changed your birth name to married name, and back to your birth name after a divorce - you must present records from archives confirming the name change at the time of marriage if the divorce documents do not contain that information.
- POLICE CERTIFICATES: Each visa applicant at least 16 years of age must submit an original police certificate from the police authorities of the applicant's country of current residence if the applicant has resided there for at least six months after attaining the age of sixteen. Police certificates are also required from all other countries where the applicant has resided for at least one year after attaining the age of sixteen. A police certificate must also be obtained from the police authorities of any country where the applicant has been arrested for any reason, regardless of how long he or she lived there. Police certificates must cover the entire period of the applicant's residence in any area. A certificate issued by the police authorities in your current place of residence must be of recent date when presented to the consular officer. The term "police certificate" as used in this paragraph means a certification by appropriate police authorities stating what their records show concerning each applicant, including all arrests, the reasons for the arrests, and the disposition of each case for which there is a record. If specific questions arise regarding police certificates, please consult this office. Additional information about obtaining police certificates from specific countries can be found on the U.S. State Department website: travel.state.gov. Please click on the following link for instructions for obtaining a police certificate in Latvia (PDF - 284 kb). The police clearance letters are valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.
- COURT AND PRISON RECORDS: Persons who have been convicted of a crime must submit all court records and any prison record, regardless of whether they may have subsequently benefited from an amnesty, pardon, or other act of clemency. Please note that all court and prison records must be translated into English.
- MILITARY RECORDS: A certified copy of any military service record, if applicable and obtainable, is required. Information about obtaining military records from specific countries can be found on the U.S. State Department website: travel.state.gov
- EVIDENCE OF REQUIRED EDUCATION OR WORK EXPERIENCE: The principal applicant must submit a certified copy of a school diploma confirming successful completion of secondary or higher education; OR documentary evidence of two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform. Only the principal applicant is subject to this requirement. The U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net OnLine database will be used to determine qualifying work experience. Please check DV Lottery instructions for more information
- DEPORTATION PAPERS: Visa applicants who have requested an extension of stay or a change of status while in the U.S, or who have been deported from the United States, must present the applicable documentary evidence.
- ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS: Additionally, visa applicants must be prepared to present the originals of all civil documents. They will be returned to you after the visa interview.
- TRANSLATIONS: All documents prepared for submission, which are not in English or Latvian, must be accompanied by notary-certified English translations. Translations of all court decisions into English are mandatory if the originals are in any other language (even Latvian).
- RESULTS of medical examination.
Only one copy of each document must be submitted on the day of your visa interview. We recommend, however, to obtain the necessary documents in duplicate, as this will enable you to provide identical copies in the event the first set is lost or damaged.
Third: You will be required to pay a non-refundable visa application fee. The fee is 330 USD per person. This payment must be made at the embassy on the day of your interview in cash or by credit card. You cannot pay at any other time.