DV 2020 Oceania Selectees

#81
So, this anedcote does indicate repeated use of a photo still does not disqualify before selection.

But the answer to your question is part of what we don’t know. Technically it’s not allowed, in practice so far, like you, we have heard of people doing it and being ok. I’ve never heard of the denials for using same photo as a tourist visa before, that’s interesting and shows they do take the criterion somewhat seriously. It’s not a risk I’d take personally as they could decide at any time to implement it with respect to previous entry photos too.
Well, in this group I'm telling you about (spanish speaking) we had 3 cases when the Green Card was denied based on the use of the same photo used on a tourist visa. In one case, the woman had a tourist visa -issued in 2016- and they denied the green card and annulled the tourist visa because she used the same picture. Two other cases were denied because their DV entry picture was the same of a tourist visa REQUEST that was rejected.
Also they gave them a document with the denial that reads (I'm translating from spanish) "The picture included in the original application of the program was over 6 months and it was confirmed that it was used in a previous visa process"

I have a picture of that letter, if you want me to send it to you.
 

SusieQQQ

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#82
Well, in this group I'm telling you about (spanish speaking) we had 3 cases when the Green Card was denied based on the use of the same photo used on a tourist visa. In one case, the woman had a tourist visa -issued in 2016- and they denied the green card and annulled the tourist visa because she used the same picture. Two other cases were denied because their DV entry picture was the same of a tourist visa REQUEST that was rejected.
Also they gave them a document with the denial that reads (I'm translating from spanish) "The picture included in the original application of the program was over 6 months and it was confirmed that it was used in a previous visa process"

I have a picture of that letter, if you want me to send it to you.
I totally believe you! Just had not heard of a confirmed case of disqualification on old photos.
And I’m sure with current software it’s easy for them to look through previous entries for the same photos.
 
#83
If there are big holes in OC, I’m guessing it’s not a fraud-related algorithm.
Time to find out again if any selectees were selected with re-used photos? We know that still worked for DV19 but maybe it’s been tightened up now. Anecdotally it did seem like a lot of people used the same photo again. (Not sure if it would be enough to make big holes though.)
Yup. That would be my guess too - based on OC. But there could be a couple of things going on.
 
#84
Well, in this group I'm telling you about (spanish speaking) we had 3 cases when the Green Card was denied based on the use of the same photo used on a tourist visa. In one case, the woman had a tourist visa -issued in 2016- and they denied the green card and annulled the tourist visa because she used the same picture. Two other cases were denied because their DV entry picture was the same of a tourist visa REQUEST that was rejected.
Also they gave them a document with the denial that reads (I'm translating from spanish) "The picture included in the original application of the program was over 6 months and it was confirmed that it was used in a previous visa process"

I have a picture of that letter, if you want me to send it to you.
I totally believe you! Just had not heard of a confirmed case of disqualification on old photos.
And I’m sure with current software it’s easy for them to look through previous entries for the same photos.
Yeah - old photos have always been a risk for disqualification at interview. If they can prove the photo was old - because of appearance, or some other reason (such as using it on a previous application), then a CO could deny based on that.

Whether the rule clarification about photos from previous DV entries is now a disqualification of the entry itself is still interesting though. WE would need a number of cases to establish a proof though.
 
#85
Hi new to this forum I have finally been selected for the next step of the DV lottery after applying for the last 13 years lol for 2020,my case no. OC17xx I know things are changing but anyone know if this is a decent number? Excited to be apart of this process cheers
 

Mijoro

Well-Known Member
#86
Hi new to this forum I have finally been selected for the next step of the DV lottery after applying for the last 13 years lol for 2020,my case no. OC17xx I know things are changing but anyone know if this is a decent number? Excited to be apart of this process cheers
Congratulations on your selection! While it’s still a little too early to know if your number is safe. I suggest that you hold off submitting you ds260 form until we get a clear idea of what the numbers are like. Simon has a great blog with a heap of information to get you started. Be sure to check out his YouTube and Facebook accounts as well.

What is likely is that if your number becomes current it won’t be until later next year so you have plenty of time to familiarise yourself with the process.
 
#87
Thanks so much for the response greatly appreciated! Yes I have just found Britsimons website he is awesome. Lots of reading to do cos I never thought I would get selected hahaha. Are you a previous "winner". how do I know when or if my case becomes current? Wait for the monthly bulletin? Sorry I am reading so much info and just trying to understand a bit more!!!
 

Mijoro

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#88
Thanks so much for the response greatly appreciated! Yes I have just found Britsimons website he is awesome. Lots of reading to do cos I never thought I would get selected hahaha. Are you a previous "winner". how do I know when or if my case becomes current? Wait for the monthly bulletin? Sorry I am reading so much info and just trying to understand a bit more!!!
Yup I was lucky enough to receive my visa last month and am off on an activation trip next month.

Yes you wait for the monthly bulletin to see when your case is current.
 
#90
Hi new to this forum I have finally been selected for the next step of the DV lottery after applying for the last 13 years lol for 2020,my case no. OC17xx I know things are changing but anyone know if this is a decent number? Excited to be apart of this process cheers

The total amount of OC selectees this year is less than last, and everyone of the 2019 DV lottery is current. Time will tell as more data comes in but at least the high case numbers aren't so scary any more.
 
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