According to the U.S. Department of State, applicants of the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery must strictly adhere to the defined application procedures. For all documents not in English, a certified translation is necessary.
Marriage certificate (if applicable)
Divorce decree (if applicable)
Death certificate of spouse (if applicable)
Police certificates from all places lived for more than six months since the age of 16
Military records (if applicable)
Court and prison records (if applicable)
High school diploma or equivalent certificate
As per the U.S. Department of State's guidelines, the translator must be competent enough to provide translations. This suggests that they should possess a known level of expertise and experience in translating legal and official documents. The U.S. Department of State does not necessarily stipulate that the translator has to have specific credentials, as long as they can assert their competence in the accompanying statement of the translation.
For the translations to be valid, the U.S. Department of State requires a certified statement from the translator affirming both the accuracy of the translation and their competence to translate. It's not usually demanded by the U.S. Department of State for DV visa applications that the translation be notarized or bear an apostille.
However, it is prudent to liaise with the specific U.S. embassy or consulate that is overseeing the application process, as individual locations might have nuanced requirements or preferences.
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