Document Checklist: DV Visas
In order to improve visa processing, all the documents provided by the applicants should be prepared and assembled as described below. Please put the documents in the following sequence before the interview.
The passport should be valid for at least sixty days beyond the period of validity of the visa. Please remove any plastic sleeves/coverings from the passport.
Important: Each applicant should bring his/her previous passport(s) with US visas, otherwise your visa may be refused until the consular officer can review them.
Please print out and bring to the Embassy the confirmation page of your GSS registration and passport TNT pick-up location choice. The confirmation page must contain the barcode and your UID number.
Each applicant must submit two photos which meet all the requirements listed here. Photos must be signed at the back with your last and first name.
Immigrant Visa Application Forms
Complete online (if you have not done it earlier) the biographic data form DS-260 for each person applying for a visa, regardless of age. The form is accessible through CEAC website at https://ceac.state.gov/IV. You can find more information on completing the online forms at http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_5164.html.
To access and complete the DS-260 you will need your case number and principal applicant's date of birth (in the format YYYYMMDD). Please have those numbers with you when you come to your visa interview at the Embassy. They will be necessary should you have to make any changes to your DS-260 visa application.
For applicants born in Poland only complete version of a birth certificate (Odpis zupełny aktu urodzenia) is accepted. Polish "short form" of birth certificate is not accepted.
Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
Married persons are required to present a certified copy of their marriage certificate (one copy for every spouse). Please note that only complete versions of Polish marriage certificates (Odpis zupełny aktu małżeństwa) are accepted. The Polish "short form" marriage certificate is not accepted
Evidence of the Termination of Prior Marriages (if applicable)
Any applicant who has been previously married must obtain evidence of the termination of each prior marriage such as final divorce decree, death certificate or annulment of marriage.
Police certificates are required for every applicant aged 16 or over. If the applicant has been convicted of any crime in any country, a copy of the court record of each conviction is required. For further information on how to obtain police certificate click here.
All applicants with current or prior military service must provide military records. Military records must contain a complete record of the applicant's service and conduct while in the service. The record must show any convictions of crime before military tribunals.
All applicants should submit the results of medical examination in the original unopened envelope. For further information regarding required medical examination click here.
Diversity Visa applicants must demonstrate that they have the financial means to support themselves and not become a public charge on the U.S. government.
Evidence of Required Education or Work Experience
This requirement applies only to the principal applicant whose entry was selected in the lottery. For additional details, please see the DV instructions (PDF - 325.81 kb).
Documents in Polish, except for court records, do not have to be translated. All documents that are not written in English or Polish must be translated into English by a certified translator.