A friend just entered the diversity visa lottery, and I've informed her about most of the process.

Something I do ask myself, however, is: what exactly does the sealed envelope you get from the embassy contain?

The concerned person has never been married, served in the military, been convicted or arrested...nothing, so she'll only need to provide the very "basic" documents.

With this in mind, my understanding is that she needs to provide the following:

  • Medical exam
  • 2 photographs
  • High School diploma
  • Full birth certificate
  • Police certificate (which will be "empty")
  • Bank account Statement (to prove she won't become a public charge)
  • (Photocopy of passport's ID page? Not stated in the diversity visa section of the website, but is stated in the general immigrant visa section)

Will all of these be in the envelope, and will there be anything other than that?

In other words, what does the envelope actually contain?

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    I'm confused - you first ask about what the "envelope you get" contains, then you list a set of documents you give. Also - jumping the gun just a little ... the DV lottery you enter this year only happens next year and then there's a good chance you won't be selected ...
    – brhans
    Oct 6, 2016 at 12:33
  • @brhans I know that, but the applicant has asked me to provide her as much info as possible, in case she does get selected. Also, I wonder if all the documents I listed, or anything besides those, will be in the envelope
    – Crazydre
    Oct 6, 2016 at 12:39
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    still confused. Are you asking what you get from the embassy or what you send to the embassy.
    – brhans
    Oct 6, 2016 at 13:11
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    @Crazydre Why does that matter? It is a communication between two US government departments that happens to be done by having a third party carry an envelope. In the unlikely event that she wins the lottery, there will be documents she needs to send to get the visa, and documents, in addition to the envelope, she should have with her on arrival. Those lists of documents are what matters. Oct 6, 2016 at 13:20
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    Unofficially, here's what I've found so far: the envelope contains the immigrant petition and all supporting documents, including the Affidavit of Support, physical/medical records, interview results, police clearances, any waivers that may have been issued by USCIS to overcome any visa ineligibilities.
    – Giorgio
    Oct 9, 2016 at 14:52


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