US Project

The beginning…


Yesterday was the big launch of the EDV Lottery- understand Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery- the one that let you dream of the famous american Green Card without any kind of complicated paperwork.

F and I were super prepared to sign on the first hour of the first day of the opening to raise our chances to be selected. But finally, it is said that even if we had sign in the last day of participation we still had the same chances. Anyway, this is done after a moment of confusion. I was stressed out after I ended the inscription for me and for F because I thought I chose the wrong photos. Let me explain…

Actually, to download the right photo you have to use the Photo Tool which were online on the same time of the inscription form. F, who is a super geek (fortunately!) had organized a photo shoot 3 days earlier, for him and i with the last Iphone 6S. After we moved a table and a pile of women’s magazine, we started being serious and followed the instruction that we had found on the internet to make the perfect photo for the perfect application. Stand up, back on a white or bright background, watch straight in the camera… Well this is what I remember of his directions on our private home photoshoot. Here are the right instructions :


Submitting a Digital Photograph (Image)

You can take a new digital photograph or scan a recent (taken within the last six months) photograph with a digital scanner, as long as it meets the compositional and technical specifications listed below. Test your photos through the photo validation link on the E-DV website, which provides additional technical advice on photo composition and examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos.

Photographs must be in 24-bit color depth. If you are using a scanner, the settings must be for True Color or 24-bit color mode. See the additional scanning requirements below.

Compositional Specifications:

 Head Position
o The subject must directly face the camera.
o The subject’s head should not be tilted up, down, or to the side.
o The head height or facial region size (measured from the top of the head, including the

hair, to the bottom of the chin) must be between 50 percent and 69 percent of the image’s

total height. The eye height (measured from the bottom of the image to the level of the eyes) should be between 56 percent and 69 percent of the image’s height.

Digital Image Head Size Template

Review examples on the Photo Requirements webpage.  Light-colored Background

o The subject should be in front of a neutral, light-colored background.  Focus

o The photograph must be in focus.  No Decorative Items

o The subject must not wear sunglasses or other items that detract from the face.

 No Head Coverings or Hats
o Head coverings or hats worn for religious reasons are acceptable, but the head covering may not obscure any portion of the face. Tribal or other headgear not religious in nature may not be worn. Photographs of military, airline, or other personnel wearing hats will not be accepted.

spec photos

Technical Specifications
> Taking a New Digital Image.

If you take a new digital image, it must meet the following specifications :

Image File Format: The image must be in the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format.

Image File Size: The maximum image file size is 240 kilobytes (240 KB).

Image Resolution and Dimensions: Minimum acceptable dimensions are 600 pixels (width) x 600 pixels (height) up to 1200 pixels x 1200 pixels. Image pixel dimensions must be in a square aspect ratio (meaning the height must be equal to the width).

Image Color Depth: Image must be in color (24 bits per pixel). 24-bit black and white or 8-bit images will not be accepted.

> Scanning a Submitted Photograph.

Before you scan a photographic print, make sure it meets the color and compositional specifications listed above. Scan the print using the following scanner specifications:

Scanner Resolution:  Image File Format:The image must be in the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format.

Image File Size: The maximum image file size is 240 kilobytes (240 KB). 600 by 600 pixels to 1200 by 1200 pixels

Image Color Depth:24-bit color. Black and white, monochrome, or grayscale images will not be accepted.

Image Resolution: Scanned at a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi).



So three days earlier, he did all that and released me the two photo files I had to use to fill our applications. By the way, I had to do it alone because he was at work. The hour arrived 12 noon in Washington , 6p.m in France. I was ready. I was sure of myself. I did it. I was happy, it was ok, i had the Confirmation number to check if we are received in next May. Great!

Then I realized… I dit not check the photos with their specific Photo Tool! OMG huge mistake, i can’t believe I did such a stupid thing. What I am gonna do? Now the applications are probably not ok, we are not eligible anymore. We will never ever be able to leave in the US and live the american dream that stand us awake speaking about all the amazing things we are going to see, and all the amazing people we are going to meet… In short , I FREAKED OUT!

During three long hours, before he came back from his job, i was so depressed and so disappointed of myself and of what I’ve done. A very very bad evening was coming.

When he came back, he said « show me exactly what photos you chose and what do they looked like in their tool ». I was like, « no need, this is ruined, i am so sorry, we have to wait an entire year now before hoping of another chance… »

And, I don’t know how, and I don’t know why but when he looked at it, he told me that is was ok. The photoshoot he organized three days ago was specifically set up for preparing the perfect size of the photo and even if I used the Photo Tool online, I would have obtained the same result. OMG, so is it ok? YES. Are you sure? YES. So I didn’t ruined our chance to be chosen? NO!

I love happy ends, this is better that if I did it perfectly with no drama.