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Interview Preparation for Diversity Visa Winners

Last Updated on 06/11/2014
  • We recommend that all DV winners use the Entrant Status Check page to find their appointment date and come to the U.S. Embassy in Budapest fully prepared for the scheduled interview. While we will try to reschedule DV interviews, we cannot guarantee that rescheduling will be possible in every case and strongly encourage people to make their appointments.  Please note that DV’s cannot be issued after September 30.

Congratulations on being chosen to have the opportunity to apply for a Diversity Visa. Please read the following information to prepare for the interview at the U.S Embassy in Budapest.

After receiving all of your forms by the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), an appointment will be scheduled for the immigrant visa interview, based on availability of visa numbers. The applicant, along with his/her spouse and children (if applicable), will need to be present at the interview.

Please prepare thoroughly and carefully for the interview. Failure to be fully prepared for the interview at the U.S. Embassy can result in delay or denial of the immigrant visa. Carefully follow the instructions provided by the Kentucky Consular Center. Please notify the Embassy if you cannot keep the appointment.


The total fee for a Diversity Immigrant Visa is $330 per person.  The fee is payable in U.S. dollars or in its equivalent in Hungarian forints. Learn more about Fees.

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States.  Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee.  The USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions.

Required Documentation for the Interview

  • A Passport valid for travel to the United States and valid for at least six months beyond the issuance date of the visa.
  • Birth Certificate: The original birth certificate or certified copy must state the date and place of birth and the names of both parents. Applicants who are unable to obtain a birth certificate must present secondary evidence of birth, e.g. baptismal certificates, notarized statements from relatives.
  • Marriage Certificates: Married persons are required to present the original marriage certificate. Proof of the termination of any previous marriage must also be submitted (e.g. death certificate of spouse, final decrees of divorce or annulment).
  • Police Certificates: All applicants 16 years of age and over are required to furnish a police certificate (certificate of good conduct) from all countries where the applicant resided for at least one year. Police certificates are also needed from the police authorities of the country of the applicant's nationality and current residence where the applicant has resided for at least six months. The information how to obtain the police certificate from Hungary is available on the State Department’s web site. (PDF, 91.4KB, get Adobe Reader)
  • Court and Prison Records: Persons who have been convicted of a crime must obtain a certified copy of each court record and of any prison record, regardless of the fact that they may have benefited subsequently from an amnesty, pardon, or other act of clemency.
  • High School Diploma or Work Experience: The law and regulations require that every entrant must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have, within the past five years, two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years’ training or experience.
  • Military Record: A certified copy of any military record, if applicable and obtainable, is required.
  • Evidence of Support:  DV visa applicants must show evidence that they are not likely to become public charges while in the United States. This evidence may be in the form of a combination of your personal assets, an Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) from a relative or friend residing in the United States, and/or an offer of employment from an employer in the United States.
  • Original Documents: All applicants must be prepared to present the originals of all documents.
  • Translations: All documents not in English or Hungarian must be accompanied by certified English translations. Translations must be certified by a competent translator.

Do not send the documents to the Kentucky Consular Center; the documents must be presented to the Embassy at the time of your immigrant visa interview. Failure to submit complete documentation is the leading cause of delays and refusals in Diversity Visa applications.

Medical Exam

Before the interview, diversity visa applicants will need to complete the required medical exam, including required vaccinations. The Embassy does not schedule medical exam appointments. Applicants are responsible for scheduling their own appointments. Review medical information for a list of required panel physicians in Hungary and instructions for the medical exam.

How to Contact the Embassy

In all cases, including requests for information packets for pending cases, visa/passport/document pick-up, or to submit additional documents, please visit: Visa Information and Appointments.