Some may want to know a little more about me – so here goes….


I am a 50 year old IT Software Engineer. Originally from the United Kingdom I now live in Livermore, California – a small city of 82,000 people just outside San Francisco.  The area is on the border of the “Silicon Valley” which is where many technology companies are based.


I am married and live with my wife and youngest daughter – currently aged 6. I have 3 other grown up children from a previous marriage and 4 grandkids so far!!! I moved to California early in 2014 on an H1-B visa and adjusted my status to a Green Card holder in September 2014 via the DV lottery. My wife (from Spain) was the winner – we won on our second year of entering. I have had many years of commuting back and forth between the UK and the USA – sometimes flying transatlantic 3 or 4 times a month (I did that constantly for one particularly tiring 5 year period). My brother is a US citizen having been one of the early DV lottery winners back in the early 90’s, so although I had options for Employment based and Family based immigration, the DV lottery win provided a fast way to feel that we could make the USA our permanent home.


My wife and I just bought a small building lot to build a house which we hope to start and complete within the next 12 months. I commute daily on a Ducati Multistrada motorcycle, and when I am not at the keyboard at work or at DV lottery activities, I am mostly hanging out with my family…