DV Visa Application Translation Requirements for Iran Nationals

According to the U.S. Department of State, Iranian nationals wishing to apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery must ensure that any required documentation that is not in English is accompanied by an official English translation.



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Documents Required for Iran

Based on information from the U.S. Department of State, the primary requirements for DV Visa applications include:

  • Birth certificates

  • Marriage certificates for those who are married, as well as divorce decrees or death certificates indicating the current marital status if applicable.

  • Police certificates for each place the applicant has lived for more than six months since the age of 16.

  • Proof of a high school education or its equivalent, or evidence of two years of work experience within the last five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience.

  • Medical examination results


Any other documents that may be specifically requested by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate based on the applicant's individual circumstances.

Translator Qualifications

As per the U.S. Department of State guidelines, while a translator doesn’t need a specific certification, they must be competent in both Persian (or the appropriate regional language of Iran) and English. The translation must come with a statement from the translator attesting to their proficiency in both languages and declaring the accuracy of the translation.

Certification Requirements

Based on guidelines from the U.S. Department of State, translated documents should be accompanied by a statement from the translator. This statement must affirm the translator’s capability in both Persian and English and confirm the accuracy of the translation. Iran is not a part of the Hague Apostille Convention, and as such, an apostille might not be obligatory for certain documents. However, some documents might still require notarization.


It is always recommended that Iranian applicants check with the U.S. Embassy in Iran to get the most recent and accurate information.

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This guide provides a general overview, and for specific, accurate, and detailed advice, consulting directly with the relevant institutions or migration experts is essential. For more detailed information, contact the US Embassy in Iran.