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Same photo from last year will be disqualified?

Discussion in 'Lottery Visas - DV' started by 3amakmahmoud, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. 3amakmahmoud

    3amakmahmoud Active Member

    is that true ? Sane photo will be disqualified? And how will u know if ur disqualified on the basis of a photo?
     
  2. Britsimon

    Britsimon Super Moderator

    The instructions have always said to use a recent photo (less than 6 months). Not following that instruction has always meant risk of disqualification.

    For DV2018 they still give that instruction but also added "Submitting the same photograph that you submitted with last year’s entry will result in disqualification.". In my opinion, that means they will automatically disqualify people based on matching of the photo to the previous years' entry. They won't tell you that you were disqualified for that reason - you would simply not be notified of selection.
     
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  3. puda

    puda Registered Users (C)

    Oh wow! Seriously?? I didn't even know! I think I have used 4 different photos in 6 years. I didn't know you could get disqualified. Glad I used a new photo last year lol! Wonder if they disqualified people before based on a reused photograph.
     
  4. Pierre82

    Pierre82 Well-Known Member

    There is no way to know for sure but the rule is clear and they can definitely disqualify for this reason.
     
  5. SusieQQQ

    SusieQQQ Well-Known Member

    It's rare to hear about but I have heard of cases of photos disqualifying people at interview - not necessarily because of duplication though.
    As Britsimon indicated, the photo recognition software now can easily pick up duplicate photos and these entries would be disqualified before selection (just like duplicate entries) so you'd never know.
     
  6. puda

    puda Registered Users (C)

    Do you remember why the photos were disqualified at interview?
     
  7. SusieQQQ

    SusieQQQ Well-Known Member

    For not meeting the guidelines.
     
  8. puda

    puda Registered Users (C)

    Interesting. I wonder how they got selected then?
     
  9. Wow am I happy that I changed my photo this year!! Made sure to take it in America as well so I wont be disqualified on something so avoidable... phew! :)
     
  10. SusieQQQ

    SusieQQQ Well-Known Member

    The photo tool tests for certain technical specs. It does not filter visually the way a CO does. So an invalid photo can still in certain cases get past the photo tool and be part of a submitted entry. (Of course I assume you know that no one "vets" the selected entries - if it is successfully submitted it can be selected even if there are obviously invalid factors - that is what the CO determines though.)
     
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  11. 3amakmahmoud

    3amakmahmoud Active Member

    When my sister in law 2 weeks ago applied for a visit visa , at first when she submitted her papers and her passport, they called her name again and told her that the photo she's submitting is used last year! Where she got a visit visa for 1 year so they told her to go take a photo and get back! So i think the idea of the photo recognition is true! Or they have a databse of the dame photo?
     
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  12. SusieQQQ

    SusieQQQ Well-Known Member

    Well, both - obviously they put all submitted photos into a database, which the software then uses. The photo recognition software they use seem to be getting more sophisticated as time goes on.
    For DV the main reason the software has been used for a few years now was to disqualify duplicate entries, but now they seem to be using it to ensure the photos are recent too. Obviously for wider purposes they can use it to pick up visa applications in fake names, etc.
     
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  13. puda

    puda Registered Users (C)

    I'll be curious to see how many people reused the same photo from last year. (They mentioned DV-2017 but I assume that you could technically use the one from DV-2016. Not recommended but it could work.)

    Phew, I am really glad I used a brand new photo. It might mean more chance for us to win lol!
     
  14. abumiqdad

    abumiqdad Member

    for a number of my DV entries, i used the same photo, did not get selected. then for DV 2016 (which i participated in 2014), i took a new photo and then i got selected. (i have been entering DV since 2007). So it could be due to the photo, and it could just be that i got lucky to be selected this time around.

    But better to remove any reasons for the system to filter you out - so take new photos each year.

    I have made it a family yearly event to take passport/visa photo of each member of my own family - and then we can see how everyone changes each year - would be good for the kids when they are all grown up to see their photos as child. :D
     
  15. MYbraindrain

    MYbraindrain Member

    Yeah, take a photo each year. When I went to the photo shoot, I specially mentioned "digital only" so no need to pay for printing.
     
  16. puda

    puda Registered Users (C)

    I think it was luck this time ;) It would be way too easy otherwise lol! (I also used different photos at least 3 times, been playing since 2011 and never got selected LOL)
     
  17. abumiqdad

    abumiqdad Member

    might also be that that are not that many citizen of my country participating in the lottery (but still i got selected after 8 years participating (2007 - 2015)
     
  18. puda

    puda Registered Users (C)

    Where are you from? What are your chance of winning? (%) If only 100 people participated and you have 1% chance of winning, it means only 1 person would be selected. It's not really the number that matters but your chances of getting selected :)
     
  19. abumiqdad

    abumiqdad Member

  20. MYbraindrain

    MYbraindrain Member

    Ah. A Malaysian. Wish me luck this time! :)
     

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