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!
June 5, 2019 at 2:09 am
I want to be a filmmaker, and moving to the US has been my dream since I was a little girl. Going through the whole visa process was terrifying and every step of the way I learnt to google “britsimon” followed by my question, and then calmly move on to the next step. This year in January our green cards arrived.
Your website is an invaluable resource and I really appreciate how much time you have put into it. I hope that whatever Sofia’s dreams are she can rely on people like you to guide her, help calm her nerves and inform her decisions.
Many, many thanks. You’ve helped my dream come true.
June 5, 2019 at 5:31 am
Thank you for the kind words Jamie, best of luck in the USA following your dream.
If you want to cast a grumpy old guy for one of your movies, call me.
July 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm
I think during the stress of this process we sometimes forget that you’re only one person who is running this blog, in your own free time and out of the kindness of your heart. That you have a full time job and family, as well. I can only imagine it is not easy doing this day in, day out for the past few years esp with how repetitive the questions end up being. And also with how silly some of us can be.
So, I thank you for your patience and dedication in helping people with the DV process, to make it less intimidating and easier to understand. I had pretty much given up on figuring out what was going on with this process early on. I would never have been as prepared as I was had I not found this blog. Thank you for helping so many of us win the chance of a lifetime to go and make a life in the US.
Much gratitude to you and your family.
July 6, 2019 at 3:47 am
July 11, 2019 at 11:07 am
Thanks a lot for your guidance and constant support!
I have landed in US in August 2018 in Virginia where my relative stays and got my green card in the mail after 4 weeks. I have been traveling in and out of the country since then but didn’t stay longer than 6 months outside of it. In my last visit to Florida, I tried to issue my Social Security Number, but the officer at the Social Security Card Center in Orlando told me that I need to issue SSN from the same state that I have my address (I’m using my relative’s address in Virginia). So I wanted to ask you some questions:
1) Can I apply for SSN during my next visit to Virginia which will only last for one week and let my relative receive it in the mail as it takes 3 weeks and then he can send it to me just like I did with the green card or do I have to be physically in the US to receive SSN myself as no one else is allowed to receive it or maybe I will be requested for biometrics midway?
2) Do I really have to issue SSN from the same state I’m using the address in? As I couldn’t find that info in SSN website.
3) Can I move finally to the US August next year (i.e. in August 2020, 2 years after I got my green card) provided that I don’t stay out of the country more than 6 months during this year and not lose my green card DV lottery status? or do DV lottery winners need to reside in the country after one year from landing maximum?
4) Given that I stay in the US for 3 years starting next year, will I be able to apply for naturalization/passport in August 2023 (this will mean I have stayed 3 years in US in 5 years since I first got green card and didn’t stay outside the country more than 6 months during these 5 years)?
Your help is really appreciated! Thanks again
July 12, 2019 at 5:41 am
1. You can apply and have it sent while you are gone.
2. No – sometimes they just say things to get you to go away.
3. That is somewhat risky – your choice.
4. 5 years of residence. Coming in and out of the country means this time won’t count.
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