According to the U.S. Department of State, all Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery applicants must ensure that they adhere to the specific regulations set out for the application process. Documents that aren't in English need a certified translation.
Marriage certificate (if applicable)
Divorce decree (if applicable)
Death certificate of spouse (if applicable)
Police certificates for every place 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, the translator is required to be competent in translating. This means they should have a recognized level of expertise and experience in translating official documents. It's not explicitly mandated for the translator to have specific credentials or memberships, but they must be able to vouch for their proficiency in the statement attached to the translated document.
The U.S. Department of State mandates that every translated document be accompanied by a certified statement from the translator. This statement should attest to both the accuracy of the translation and the translator's competence to translate. Notarization or an apostille of the translation isn't typically necessary for the U.S. Department of State regarding DV visa applications. Still, it's recommended to consult the specific U.S. embassy or consulate that will process the application, as there might be additional preferences or requirements.
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