Over the last couple of years I have been helping DV lottery selectees around the world. I have spent countless hours (typically at least 10 to 20 hours each week) learning about the process, answering questions from selectees, creating this website and extracting/publishing the CEAC data. I hope and know that this knowledge has helped many people, and have been thanked many times – for which I am truly grateful.Some people have asked if they can extend the “thank you” and donate something to contribute to the costs of running the website and my time – which is very kind of them.I have been working on a book to guide people through the process step by step and I am almost ready to make that available through Amazon. I planned to use any income from that book to pay for something I could enjoy with my daughter (almost 7 years old) who sees me working on DV lottery forums and BritSimonSays as my “second job”. She, frankly, misses out from the time I spend, but I feel that helping people through this process is important work. So – she would like me to build a “secret” treehouse (shhh – don’t say the secret out loud), so she and I could spend some quality time together.
However, I didn’t start doing this for money, and I want to continue providing information to those that need it, free of charge. So – in order to keep this as a public resource, I would prefer to publish the new information (guides to the process) on my webpage instead of the book – I would feel better about that idea.
So perhaps you want to help with the treehouse project. It shouldn’t be much – just a few dollars – and only if/when you can afford it. You can click the link below to donate and leave a comment.
I also would love to see a few comments on this page that I could read to my daughter to explain why Daddy likes to help all his “friends who want to live in America”. Her name is Sofia…
Thank you all and good luck!
April 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Your daddy is hero, you should feel proud of him and we all proud of him, i will Pay my share later for your tree house
April 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm
Thank you Britsimon you are a great and generous man!
I always tell my wife that I’m amazed by what you do for helping people you have never met!
And my message for Sofia will be not in English language I will use my Arabic language to know that her father helps people from far countries, different language and culture 🙂
يا صوفيا الجميلة يا بنت بريتسايمون الرائع، كوني فخورة إن والدك الذي يساعد الآخرين ليحصلوا على سعادتهم، عندما تكبرين أنا متأكد بأنك سوف تفهمين لماذا يساعد والدك الآخرين، وأنا متأكد بأنك يوماً ما سوف تصبحين عظيمة مثله.
You can use google translate 😉
April 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm
Awesome – she is really thrilled and excited to get such messages! Thank you so much!
April 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm
Brit, sorry for the humble amount donated, that is all I have in my unverified paypal account. glad to hear donations can be made from unverified accounts.
Thank you for all your efforts, and good luck for me in DV-2016 or next years 🙂
^ Ismail El.
April 15, 2015 at 3:28 pm
Forgot to say:
Sofia, you have a wonderful daddy you should always be proud of..
Good luck in the treehouse project 🙂
April 15, 2015 at 3:44 pm
Thank you Samuel – I just read that comment to her – and she is thrilled. She wants to create a map with pins showing where people have commented to her! What a lovely geography lesson!
April 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm
Yeah!! that’s mad intelligent, lovely right !
Enjoy yourselves and have more quality time 😎
April 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm
That is a great Idea and it will really help and that is the less can selectees do for such remarkable work u do …….. i am in
April 15, 2015 at 11:57 pm
Thank you Mokhtar!
April 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm
hey brit I just wannaa say thank you for alll your great job and its sooo kind from you to do thiis for us you are soo generous i wish if i can help but for now i cant im sorry for that at least i wish for you and for you little child alll the best wish’s and Sofia You have a geat daddy be proud of hiiim he likes to help people around the world be proud ^_^
Hamza From Algeria
April 16, 2015 at 1:05 am
Thank you Hamza!
April 15, 2015 at 5:01 pm
I was born in London, UK but I grew up in Senegal. I then studied in Canada and I now live in New York. I am currently on vacation in Dakar the capital of Senegal so I am writing you from there.
Your dad is a virtual friend of mine who has helPed me and thousand others. He is a very special man, generous, super smart, kind and with a great sense of humor. He treats everyone with a lot of respect and makes a huge difference with the help he gives people. You are so lucky to have him as a dad, you should be very proud! Cheers!
April 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm
Great job is always rewarded. Thanks for the great website and blog. Thousand of people count on you.
April 16, 2015 at 12:52 am
I will happily and heartily donate to your father-daughter bonding project. You have been a beacon of sanity when my neuroses threatened to drive me (and my husband) around the twist as we prepared for our consular interview in Sydney three days ago.
Mind you, the offer to send you a wodge of my special home-made quince paste (AKA Membrillo) still holds. Whilst the tree-house is a wonderful idea, surely you want a treat just for you, no? It is delicious with all varieties of blue cheeses, runny brie and good, tangy cheddar. I refuse to be falsely modest. It’s my best batch – I’ve been making the stuff for a few years now, tweaking the recipe each time…
And should the book make it to the virtual shelves, I will cheerfully promote it/review it on my current blog (dustyvenetian at blogger) and future one (knockmeoutwiththoseamericanthighs at wordpress).
BTW – Where’s the ‘fundraising thermometer?’
SP (and for a special note to Sofia, see below:)
Dear Sofia (awesome name!),
My husband Kevin and I would like to thank you and your mum for the time you could have had with your dad that he has spent helping me and many other people reach our dreams of moving to America. Your dad is very patient and very generous with his advice and his answers.
One very important lesson I have learned in life is that knowledge is only valuable when you can share it with others. Your father has taken his deep knowledge and shared it with many people across the world – this is a wonderful thing and you should be very proud of him.
Sophia (and Kevin)
April 16, 2015 at 1:04 am
Thank you Sophia!!
I have been reading these messages to Sofia – she is LOVING the whole thing – and now there is a pin in our map showing down under. The cheese is a lovely thought – maybe you both can bring it personally sometime!! I hadn’t really thought about a thermometer. I can’t imagine we would ever hit a target – there is a TV show called “Treehouse Masters” which shows what could be done – but I have something much more “modest” in mind.
April 16, 2015 at 7:44 am
AL Salam Alikom Sofia,
AL Salam Alikom Sofia,
My name is Fatima, I am 3 years old, from Khartoum capital city of Sudan, now we are living in Riyadh capital city of Saudi Arabia.
My father told me about your family, thank you very much for helping us.
Ommaaah ( Kisses )
Maa AL Salama ( Goodbye )
السلام عليكم صوفيا
أنا فاطمة من الخرطوم / السودان ، عمري 3 سنوات ، بيتنا في الرياض / السعودية . بابا كلمني عنكم شكرا ليكم لأنكم ساعدتونا كتييييير . اممممممممممممممممممح . مع السلامة
April 16, 2015 at 2:16 pm
We loved that – thank you!
April 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm
You dads a really wonderfull man,you will get your tree house soon ok,I will put my own donation as soon as possible…thank you all
April 16, 2015 at 4:43 pm
Thank you Lesley – she loves these messages….
April 16, 2015 at 5:05 pm
First of all please accept my most sincere greetings dear Sofia thousand thank you to your dear Father. You have a very nice and very smart father Sofia, moi meme I am proud of him. I can say that it is an idol, because I’m obsessed with knowledge, so I am delighted to read his blog and appreciate his work.
Learns from him because he’s an expert
I congratulate your work and hope to be able to do something.
Thank you for everything.
April 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm
My case is AF000447xx. I will go through AOS. Do you think I have a chance getting interviewed by July? Should I start making steps toward my application process; such as Medical Exam or paying $330 per person fees, or should I wait and see how things go in May? If you were me, what would you do? I will appreciate your response.
April 17, 2015 at 8:33 pm
You will certainly go current – most likely in July. By sending the payment now, and getting the medical done early you will be able to submit your paperwork as soon as the VB that makes you current is published. Having that extra 2 or 3 weeks is worthwhile in my opinion.
April 17, 2015 at 8:13 pm
Thanks for the hard work and efforts. I am melo facebook masaziza. Once I was hard on u by saying that your analysis was disappinting. Forgive for that. Thanks again
April 17, 2015 at 8:36 pm
Don’t worry – I have thick skin – and I am human too – so I could be wrong, but that is a rare event! 😉
April 18, 2015 at 2:56 am
You are so great having such a father who is great as well as super hero who help the thousand people around the world and give the right information.
God may fulfill your dream soon. Thank you britsimon
Keep it up
April 18, 2015 at 5:25 am
Thank you so much!
April 18, 2015 at 11:44 am
Thanks a lot Britsimon, you are doing a great job.
April 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm
You may be very proud of your dad, because of his great and generous implication in that DV Lottery helping job. He helps a lot of people throughout the world, you can’t imagine! What a great dad, for sure! Of course, he spend a lot of extra-time on his computer, instead to play with you, but just imagine how notorious he may be, and how many friends he has in different countries! So, you know, I’m a french writer, and maybe to morrow, thanks to your dad, my books will be published in the USA. Who knows? I’ll send copies to your dad if I get an address, or an ebook, and maybe you’ll have the opportunity both of you to read my stories ! All the best until then for you and your family…
Edouard, from France
April 18, 2015 at 4:34 pm
Lovely message Edouard – Sofia is loving these messages – and this is the first pin from France!
April 23, 2015 at 10:48 am
I would probably do something to donate. You are good
April 26, 2015 at 1:05 am
my name is Tina. I haven’t met your Daddy yet, but it feels like he’s an Angel!
April 26, 2015 at 1:43 am
Thank you Tina!
April 28, 2015 at 2:10 am
i think u deserve more…………..i’ll give my share as soon as i get my visa card……………………to your lovely sofia, thank u is not enough for the work your father is doing, and for your map, i’m from mauritania in west africa.
April 28, 2015 at 4:46 am
Thank you Ahmed – your words are very kind and appreciated!
April 28, 2015 at 6:01 am
We arecin need for people as helpful as your father . He did not just help me get a visa . He teach me how to live mu life to became stronger .
You know what i feel i’m your brother ..!
I love your dad and i really keen on the way that he helps people with out feeling bord ..
With the best wishes ..
April 28, 2015 at 2:38 pm
🙂 thank you my friend for that lovely message! I hope you are settling in well!
April 30, 2015 at 3:26 am
My name is Mohamed from Mali, currently residing in France. I am not selected yet but I hope to be on the 5th of next month.
Sofia, you should be very proud of your dad, he is awesome and he’s a good person who helps thousands of people without knowing them.
I will make my donation soon.
Mohamed from Mali “west Africa”
Big love <3 for SOFIA
April 30, 2015 at 3:33 am
Thank you so much Mohamed. Good luck on May 5th.
April 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm
I am Shedrick from Liberia, WestAfrica, your dad is a very kind man, he is some one to trust, I appreciate his work a lot thank You and your Mom for giving him time to be with us. in Liberia,We spent a lot of money to people calling them self consultant, We call them agents people who can not even be measure to 1/4 of your father’ expertise, why not give some thing to your tree house project? Sadly we do not have credit card in my country instill we have mobile money which is local. I we’ll email your father to give me other ways by which I can make my contribution from here, and I promise I will give my contribution.
All the love thanks
April 30, 2015 at 7:18 pm
Thank you Shedrick. She loves these messages – it means a lot to us!
May 1, 2015 at 9:55 pm
Hi SP ,
Lots of Love to Sofia !
Hope you get to spend more quality time with lickle. Enjoy yourselves !
Sending our love to Sofia from Mombasa, Kenya. :*
Have contributed today , sorry I missed out on your blogs. Catching up now..
May 1, 2015 at 11:12 pm
Thank you Dada! Sofia is loving these messages from around the globe. And it is more than a fantastic geography lesson.
May 4, 2015 at 9:58 am
oh wow wow ,now I get an opportunity of thanking you Brit Simon ,you are a gift from God to us ,for real I’ve learnt many things from you,I also started help people(dv selectees)in my country as much as I can and for sure I don’t know how much I can thank you but I only wish u and all of ur family much blessings from God and to live a wonderful and successful life. Hope one day I will meet you in California
Msg to Dear young Sister Sophia,
Dear kid,you are really blessed for having a great father ,u have to be always proud of him coz he’s a man of kind ,generosity,wisdom and full of humanity,I don’t doubt that you have some of his best qualities too,so keep it up and gud luck for ur project and I will contribute my part soon.
MUKAMA from RWANDA
May 4, 2015 at 4:09 pm
🙂 Thank you so much and keep up YOUR efforts to help people too!
May 4, 2015 at 1:47 pm
Hi Sofia, You have a very kind daddy who is always generous in giving his knowledge for people around the world who need information for DV lottery. I really appreciate it. I am expecting my entrance status check which is tomorrow. I want to give Sofia a little donation for her tree house.
May 4, 2015 at 4:22 pm
Thank you Ali – she loves these messages
May 4, 2015 at 6:53 pm
You must be proud of your father, who helps lots of people around the world. You have a great father and we all are thankful to him. He does a great job!
I am from Georgia, Europe, a small country on the opposite side of the globe and even here, your father helps us.
დიდი მადლობა რომ ასეთი კარგი მამიკო გყავს!
May 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm
Thank you Nuzgar – we will put a pin in Georgia!
May 7, 2015 at 1:21 pm
Your dad is a global icon ,he is a blessings for you from Allah the All Mighty you should be proud of him. His knoledge is benefiting billions of people around the globe so thank you very much and your mom for giving him time to help people around the planet without any cost involved. May the Allmighty Allah reward your dad for his excellent job. And may Allah also help you to accomplish your dream on your project. I wish i could donate but unfortunately things are not normal with me for but i wish you all the best .
Am a Guinean from West Africa. I am also one of the DV 2015 selectees waiting for an interview.
May 7, 2015 at 7:20 pm
THank you for the lovely message – and good luck with your case!
May 9, 2015 at 6:27 am
I am from Fiji (yes, that barely visible island in the South Pacific). Would like to tell you that your dad is a savior and a hero for all of us. I am confident of my future life in US just because of you dad. Thanks a million and I will make an effort to pay your dad a visit once I am in US.
May 9, 2015 at 11:34 pm
Thank you for the message… first from Fiji!
May 13, 2015 at 12:25 am
Hello Simon & Sofia,
I’ve been living in Canada, but because of a close relative who is about to go through the DV process, I’ve stumbled onto your blog. What an amazing thing you are doing for others! Talk about giving back! Thank you for the current and timely information you are providing to other and your time spent answering questions of those dreaming about their own “American Dream”.
P.S. Now Sofia can add Ottawa, Canada to her map 😉
May 13, 2015 at 4:54 am
Awesome – thank you Nadia!
May 15, 2015 at 12:49 am
Thank you Mr BritSimon is there hope for 2015AF00087***
May 15, 2015 at 2:49 am
Honestly? No, none.
May 18, 2015 at 10:09 am
thank you for your help.
this is Gio from Roma, Italy.
I hope you will be able to enjoy soon a wonderful treehouse (ssshhhh 🙂 ) with your dad and… that you will learn in the future how wonderful is to give (more than to receive).
May 18, 2015 at 2:10 pm
Thank you Gio!!!
May 19, 2015 at 12:04 am
so Mr Brit Kcc just select poeple to dissapoint them,so what is the difference between me and the non selected one if at all i will not be called for interview
May 19, 2015 at 12:43 am
Well they would not agree that is what they are doing – but yeah some people feel that winning with a high case number in some years is worse than not winning at all
May 19, 2015 at 3:22 am
Thank you so very much for answering my questions. I’m so grateful that I found your blog. I bet your little girl, Sofia, is very proud of her dad. I know where to look now if I have any other questions. I promise to post my experience on your blog as soon as everything is over. Regards, Laur
May 19, 2015 at 3:24 am
Thank you Laura!
May 27, 2015 at 5:13 pm
hi, sofia, you are lucky to have such a good Dad, willing to help and giving his time for others, he s a piece of gold
May 27, 2015 at 6:58 pm
Thank you for the kind message!
June 16, 2015 at 9:30 am
Thank u Britsimon, u r a great person
June 20, 2015 at 6:35 am
U are such a blessed child to have a dad like simon. As I am also a father of a 3 yr old girl ,I can see the bond between you two. May god bless you both. Good people always stay happy.
happy father’s day. You are a gift for him forever. I will donate your tree one day
June 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm
Thanks is lovely – thank you!
July 20, 2015 at 5:59 pm
Thanks a lot for the information. I enjoyed your presentation and immediately created an account in that site :).
Your blog is very neat and informative. I will definitely come back to it and once I get selected for FURTHER processing I will surely become a contributor and a donator 🙂
August 2, 2015 at 9:24 pm
You have a wonderful father and helps everyone with love and pleasure … God bless him
Tarek From Saudi Arabia
August 2, 2015 at 9:41 pm
Thank you Tarek!!!
August 2, 2015 at 9:59 pm
I will never forget your help and analysis, All your family shall be proud by you, the great support and help for more than 100000 of people every year, these people only have case number and Monthly VB, really your data is very rich and that grat effort, your daughter shall be proud that she have father genius like you!
August 2, 2015 at 10:06 pm
Thank you for those kind words Walid!
August 4, 2015 at 9:04 pm
Hi BritSimon, thank you for your work on the forums and your website. You really do provide clarity in the chaos! We were approved yesterday!!!I hope our contribution buys you at least a few boxes of nails for the tree house. Sofia, enjoy your secret tree house, and know that giving can give you more than anything you can take. Lot’s of love from Melbourne, Nick and Liz
August 4, 2015 at 9:55 pm
Thank you both – Sofia will love the comments and the nails will help!!!
August 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm
Hi Guv’nor Britsimon…no amount of words can describe our gratitude to you worldwide. We thank God for your invaluable help. Jambo Sofia (hello Sofia in Swahili)…you got a great dad…i will one day take you to see the great wildlife safari parks in Kenya. Once i migrate to the US i and my family will look for you and return our appreciation. Say hi to mom!!
August 21, 2015 at 5:46 pm
“Jambo” – she will love that! Thanks!
August 22, 2015 at 11:36 pm
Entered the US yesterday with my new status (LPR) after a very stressful month all about paperwork. Very glad that everything worked out at the end. I made a small donation to support your work. Your website will be very helpful for current and future DV winners. Cheers
August 23, 2015 at 5:50 am
Welcome to the USA!! THanks for your support and best of luck in settling in.
August 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm
Hi Simon, I’m more than happy to donate to your tree house project. Or towards helping to keep this site running. Pls send your bank details to firstname.lastname@example.org
August 24, 2015 at 2:33 pm
Sorry it’s email@example.com
August 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm
Hi Nat, thanks for the thought. On this page there is the paypal donation symbol which is the ideal way to donate.
August 25, 2015 at 7:25 am
How are you? I hope you are well. You should know that your daddy is a very nice men who likes to help others. A lot of people are grateful to him – he is a good example of what a nice person is!
Take care, I hope you are having a nice summer.
August 25, 2015 at 3:22 pm
September 2, 2015 at 5:56 am
Just want to say your daddy helped my family a lot by answering the DV-lottery inquires. You should be proud of him.
Wish all the success for the tree house project. unfortunately, do not have a way to donate in my country
September 2, 2015 at 1:18 pm
Many thanks for the message. I read them all with her…
September 3, 2015 at 6:24 am
I would comment for you but I couldn’t because there is insufficient words to express how much your father is helpful person : Just we do love him coz he is working hard for us.
September 3, 2015 at 2:19 pm
September 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm
You should thank god that you have such wonderful dad who is helping thousand of people looking for chance to live better life .
Wish all the best for your tree house project
September 3, 2015 at 1:49 pm
Thank you very much!!
September 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm
i’m from Cameroon (West Africa). Although we couldn’t make it (AF 54****), i definitely can confirm that your dad is one amazing man. You are most definitely blessed and the blessings we heap on your daddy’s head will equally be with you always.
Sofia, u will be greater than your dad, you shall never lack,debt is not your portion, you shall go from victory to victor, every disappointment you will encounter will be a blessing in disguise and may God’s grace and favor be upon you and your family all the days of your life. Your barns (or fridge if u like) shall always be full and u will not go hungry.
To Mr Brit:
You will live long, you will live long, you will live long.
Let everyone say a thunderous AMEN!!!
September 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm
Thank you for that lovely message. I will show Sofia where Cameroon is on her map – and she will see how gracious people are, even when they have suffered a disappointment as you have in DV2015. Best of luck to be selected again!
September 5, 2015 at 6:02 am
I would like to thank you everything you are doing for the people. It has helped people including me a lot. If i get a visa, i will definitely be a part of treehouse project.
Sweet remembrance to Sofia.
September 5, 2015 at 6:07 am
Thank you for the kind words!
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