DV Visa Application Translation Requirements for Congolese Nationals

According to the U.S. Department of State, nationals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) wishing to participate in the Diversity Visa Lottery program should ensure that all documents not in English are accompanied by an accurate English translation. 

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Documents Required for Democratic Republic of Congo

Based on guidelines from the U.S. Department of State for the DV Visa application process:

  • Birth certificates.

  • Marriage certificates (if applicable). For those divorced or widowed, the corresponding divorce or death certificates are necessary.

  • Police records for locations the applicant has resided in for over six months since turning 16.

  • Proof of a high school education or its equivalent, or a declaration of two years of work experience over the past five years in a profession that requires at least two years of training or experience.

  • Medical examination reports, if they contain textual notes or observations.


Any other specific documents requested by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that may vary depending on individual circumstances.

Translator Qualifications

As per U.S. Department of State regulations, a translator doesn't need a specific title for these types of documents. However, they should be competent in both French or Lingala (or other local languages of the DRC) and English. The translation must be accompanied by a statement from the translator indicating their proficiency in both languages and asserting the accuracy of the translation.

Certification Requirements

Based on guidelines from the U.S. Department of State, translations should be paired with a signed statement from the translator. This statement should confirm their proficiency in the relevant language of the DRC and English and vouch for the translation's accuracy. While the Democratic Republic of Congo is not part of the Hague Apostille Convention, notarization might be required for certain documents. 


It is always advised for applicants from the DRC to consult with the U.S. Embassy in the DRC to ensure they meet the most up-to-date and specific requirements.


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