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!
*** Update November 2020 ***
Well, Sofia is 12 now, so its about time I updated this page. Sadly, the treehouse project never happened (although I did build a treehouse for a friend, we never built the one I planned for Sofia. We had bought some land and planned to build a house there, but in the end we decided not to build and instead we bought a home. There is no tree suitable for a treehouse. BUT on the upside we have a nice swimming pool, which Sofia enjoys, and just recently I completed a makeover of her bedroom including building a window bench, drawers and shelving unit. That has lighting built in and the bench has some “secret” compartments. So she loves it! I did all the work myself (building the cabinets, decorating and so on), but donations paid for all the materials etc. She also got a nice phone from donations and I do make time with her to enjoy together with donations – so it is much appreciated and well used.
Here is a photo of the her shelving unit..
February 5, 2020 at 12:55
Please advise. On filling out the DS-260 immigrant visa form- under heading Family Information – just after Country/Region of Birth for father- the question is asked “is your mother still living? I answered yes and soon after I entered her address as she is my petitioner. However, when I do the print out it clearly shows a question that is not on the application online( Is your mother’s address the same as your father’s?) -only when I do the print out it shows this question and just below the question it gives my mother’s address. This is inaccurate as my mother and father are no longer together and haven’t been in contact for years and further more I don’t even know where the man resides. So when I look at the actual print out, it gives the impression that my mother and father resides at the same address which is not the case.
what do you advice please?
February 5, 2020 at 21:21
Is this a DV lottery case?
February 26, 2020 at 06:03
your advice and valuable information deserves a vacation in the kenyan coast! i promise that when i land in the usa.
March 1, 2020 at 19:08
Hello, The date of the interview was scheduled for April, me and the family members named in the letter
My question is when going to the interview, do I have to provide educational certificate papers to all family members or only me?
March 1, 2020 at 21:56
April 15, 2020 at 18:18
Thank you so much for everything Brit!
May 1, 2020 at 16:18
coming to live and work in the USA has always been my dream. Unfortunately I never won the lottery.
This year my daughter (EU266xx) won it for my great joy.
We are waiting for the consulates (Naples) to reopen and start fixing the interviews.
We still have hopes. Now I follow his blog with great interest.
Whatever happens, I’m happy to have “met” someone so dedicated to helping others.
Your daughter must be proud of you.
May 1, 2020 at 18:38
Fingers crossed Era – hopefully things will get sorted out soon. You probably know that your daughter will be able to bring you to the USA after she obtains citizenship (5 years). In the meantime – you should keep trying the lottery! 🙂
May 1, 2020 at 19:05
Yes I know, never say never. Finger crossed of course :). Thank you very much again.
June 25, 2020 at 15:27
For the moment we have no hopes, do we Brit?
However, thanks again for the continued and valuable help, if not us, those of the years to come will treasure.
May 3, 2020 at 11:11
Thanks Brit for your tremendous and unreserved help all along! We are DV 2018 winners. I made a small donation to you to show our gratitude. Thanks so much!
May 3, 2020 at 14:50
Thank you for coming back and saying Hi – and thanks for the generous donation!
May 21, 2020 at 00:00
Thanks Brit for your wonderful help,
May 21, 2020 at 00:07
June 16, 2020 at 00:48
DV2020 selectee here. Just discovered your website after some consultation with lawyers. Congrats on a great run site and having a big heart, and thanks a lot on behalf of thousands of people in the same situation that use your site.
I will be applying for the GC through Adjustment of Status, and also marry my long time partner to go through the process together. The interviews with the lawyers were informative but their fees to go through everything were disheartening, particularly for a seemingly easy procedure. You probably will be saving us some good money if we manage to navigate it ourselves.
I will be visiting your site a lot, and also drop in some questions (only when essential). I anticipate our main trouble will be the fact that my partner is still living abroad while I am in the US on a nonimmigrant visa.
Stay safe and cheers from California!
June 16, 2020 at 17:41
Juan, Unless there is something extremely unusual about your case, you really don’t need a lawyer for the DV AOS process. To be very frank, lawyers don’t know much about the DV process, so they normally add mistakes and delays in the few cases where we see people using them.
There is a DV AOS expert (Sm1smom – or “Mom”) – and frankly she knows more about DV AOD than most lawyers. I’ll post a link below and on the first post of that link is a link to a spreadsheet which has all the information you need for the AOS process. Follow that guide by the letter and you will be fine. Mom will answer questions, and I monitor that thread and occaisionally chime in – but really – Mom knows this subject inside and out.
The thing for your partner would be an I824 (Follow to join) process which takes a little time after your approval. The FTJ interview is held at the embassy outside the USA, and must be done by the Fiscal year deadline.
June 21, 2020 at 17:58
Brit sir how much i can help your blog, can i do 50. im new but i love u. please
June 21, 2020 at 19:50
There is no need to donate anything.
June 23, 2020 at 22:01
Thanks a lot Brit. There is always an answer from your part to all my questions!
I appreciate so much your help! Regards Erika
June 25, 2020 at 16:54
Thank you so much for all the help
Regardless of the outcome of the DV2020, whether we will be able to overcome the ban or not, you have been very helpful to all of us 🙂
July 3, 2020 at 05:54
Good morning Sir
Could you pl put the link for donation?
We appreciate what you are doing for us , even our relatives will not do this , you afford sometimes our repeated and our useless questions , and what you are doing for dv2020 I think sth very highly appreciated so pl put this link to support your blog .
thank you Sir
July 3, 2020 at 14:03
Thanks – the donate page above shows the link for those that want to donate.
July 3, 2020 at 18:51
SIR, I CHOSE TO DONATE BY CREDIT CARD SO I TRY TO FIND MY COUNTRY IN THE LIST I COULD NOT FIND MY COUNTRY NAME.
I AM FROM LEBANON, COULD YOU CLARIFY ME HOW TO FIND MY COUNTRY? THANK YOU SIR
July 3, 2020 at 20:31
I don’t know – but don’t worry – do that when you move to the USA!
August 24, 2020 at 18:34
Thank you for your effort and time you spent to this blog, this is most useful site regarding DV.
I hope my family will successfully move to US from Kazakhstan in 2021(we’re DV2021)
Please accept a small donation to you from us.
August 25, 2020 at 04:54
September 18, 2020 at 09:09
Thank you so much for your big help during my AOS process of DV2020.
I think I listened to your video more carefully than I listen to my dad’s talking to me for sure.
Without your website and Youtube channel, and Mom and Susie’s advice in DV2020 AOS forum, I would not have been able to overcome this tough and long journey. Yesterday, I received my actual green card and my long journey ended finally. Loving this country and dreamed of living this country since I was a kid, now my new life has started as a LPR.
Your gentle but sharp words, which always caught the point, saved me and helped me calm down both physically and mentally. I hope you are going to help more and more people like me dreamed of living in the US in the future.
I swear to you, that I will try my 100% best in order to make this country better, never forgetting a mind of appreciation and being humble, and pride of my home country even in the US. Again, thank you so much.
September 18, 2020 at 18:11
I’m so glad to have helped. Best of luck in the USA – live your best life!
September 24, 2020 at 13:37
Hi Brit ,
Last year I applied for f1 visa and got rejected . Despite having excellent grades in high school and good SAT score , thanks to the grumpy VO , embassy rejected me (not so graciously). I was absolutely devasted , which was fueled even more when other less deserving friends were granted visa. I thought my chance of moving to US was literally over and maybe I was complete failure in life (see how idiotic I am haha) . Then , I joined undergraduate here (with junior students since I lost year).
My life got another twist around 10 pm June 6 when I got to know I was dv2021 selectee (cn AS3k). HURRAY !!! I suddenly thought the VO, who rejected my f1 coz he thought I wouldn’t return to home country , got his prediction fulfilled (haha). Happily I submited my ds260 . Then I got news of presidential proclaimation from a nepali youtuber (who by the way sucks). He was repeatedly explaining that chances of remaining 2020selectee was gone and 2021 was slim . Again I was devasted .I thought they were not allowing any immigrants forever (since I knew that trump was antidv;i thought trump had power to cancel dv;i am idiot). Despite my parents saying not to be soo pessimistic , I was sad (not as much as when I was rejected f1).
Thanks to youtube recommendation (which I heard is algorithm meant to make users addict and help youtube make more money ) , I found your channel .Everytime I watch your video , I become more and more realistic about my odds for getting the visa . I think the information that you provide can be trusted (unlike some “so-called dv information videos and sites ” which sucks).I will definetly recommend others(who want to immigrate to US) to view your channel .
So little Sofia can be proud that her father is helping a boy ,who lives miles apart in small himalayan country of Nepal (country of everest and buddha) and dreams about studying physics in US (unlike what trump claims “‘worst of the worst’ “) .
Thank you Brit for the time and effort you have put into helping thousands and thousands of aspirants like me .May god bless you and bring happiness and prosperity to your family (as my parents say to those who help others).
September 24, 2020 at 21:44
Glad it worked out for you. I’ll pass this on to Sofia!
September 28, 2020 at 07:39
Thank you !
Your assistance and advice has been invaluable to me during this process.
Your positive attitude has had a terrific influence during this long, stressful DV2020 journey.
I greatly appreciate your support during this challenging time and I wanted to highlight that your sarcasm and patience, it’s impressive.?
I succeeded in getting the DV visa, and “eagerly” waiting for my passport.
I made a small donation, to show somehow my gratitude ? .
September 28, 2020 at 18:44
Thank you Milena!!
September 30, 2020 at 13:15
Please accept my donation for Sofia’s tree house. It is not much, but it is from the bottom of my heart. Hope Sofia will enjoy the house as much as I enjoy my new status in the US. I am super happy and extremely thankful for all your and Sm1smom help!
By the way, my wife (FTJ process), was approved and got her visa today. I didn’t think she has a chance, because my i-485 was approved on September 22 and I had only couple of days to arrange her interview. The embassy (in Moldova) help us a lot too. I was in touch with them since late August. I followed your advice to have all logistics done before my approval, and it worked!
Now, we just need to wait and hope that Trump will loose the election, and we will finally reunite with my wife in January.
Thank you again and I wish you and Sofia a happy time spent at her tree house.
September 30, 2020 at 14:12
Well credit goes to Mom and Susie too, but mostly to yourself for keeping your nerve and pushing your case. Well done!
Thanks for the support!!
October 17, 2020 at 21:17
The was is mistake in filling my form online, Is the a possibility in changing my Education qualification. When I am successful
October 18, 2020 at 00:08
November 3, 2020 at 16:58
I am a filmmaker. I want to move to the US so I can make big, awesome movies and share my stories with the world.
I am also a musician. I write songs and sing and I would love to work with some of the brilliant musicians who live in America and maybe even make some music that will be in movies.
Are you planning on having fairylights in your treehouse?
November 3, 2020 at 19:44
Ha! Unfortunately we couldn’t build the treehouse because we changed our minds about building a home and bought a house instead. However, we have given Sofia’s room a makeover using donations and she has LED lighting in that!
January 10, 2021 at 08:33
Hi brit I have no words about your relentless help for DV winners. I was Dv 2019 winner and I have fully settled in US now. Every single information you put specially on the FAQ are priceless even to settle easy. Thank you for your help! You are making difference!
January 10, 2021 at 17:07
I glad you are settling in, and glad if I helped. Best of luck!!
March 1, 2021 at 19:14
Hi Simon, thanks for such a great website. It has been very helpful throughout the whole process, i got in the US now and you had a huge help in it. Small donation for you to keep this awesome website running, i hope u’ll keep helping fellow DV people. cheers from a member of Zagreb and Istanbul team 🙂
March 1, 2021 at 19:23
Thanks for that Ilkin – best of luck in the USA!
April 26, 2021 at 11:11
I just wanted to say a huge “thank you” to you for how dedicated you are and let your daughter know that she is a very lucky girl to have such a caring Dad. I talk about you so much at home, “BritSimon said this, BritSimon said that, posted this, explained that” that my husband jokingly says that we should name our child “BritSimon”. You are a big part of our life and we find so much guidance and support from your blog and youtube channel. I am a DV2021 winner, but not a visa holder yet, hopefully we will be able to give you a big hug one day in California.
Thank you for who you are and that you truly care about us. You inspire me to become an Immigration lawyer one day (even though I am in Accounting/Finance). Please keep up your great work and remember that so many people look up to you. You are one in a million!
I wish you long and happy life!
April 27, 2021 at 18:11
Thanks for that! Good luck!
May 13, 2021 at 05:35
You might remember me from DV2020, I am living in Dublin CA at the moment and became a flight instructor at a flight school in the east bay. I wish to offer you a flight around the SF Bay Area at some point if you are not afraid of flying a small airplane at least ?
May 13, 2021 at 05:49
Hi Walt – we are almost neighbors!! My office (that I haven’t been to in a year) is in Dublin.
I’m glad you are settling in – you were one of the people that had a stressful but happy September. What a nailbiter that was. The flight sounds like an awesome treat, although I generally prefer my planes to be larger jets – but I’ve made some exceptions over the years. 🙂
Maybe I should hire you to teach my wife to fly!
May 13, 2021 at 07:07
It was definitely a rollercoaster ride! And haha I won’t say no to that, is there a way I would be able to contact you personally over e-mail maybe?
June 26, 2021 at 13:04
Britsimon… i cant thank you enough for this blog. I dont know if you remember me back from DV2016 days. I was under the nickname Roykeane (a tribute to Capt Roykeane of the red devils). I am here now in the state of NY working as an IT professional with a six fig salary… a dream I had back in the days. Started work in the second month of stepping my foot in USA and you get this chance only in the land of dreams and opportunity. Guess what, my bro got selected for 2022 DV and is now panicking. I told him to relax and just go to britsimonsays.com.
June 26, 2021 at 17:55
Ha yes I do remember you. I love hearing from “old timers” now in the USA. I’m glad you have settled and it sounds like you are doing well!!
DV2022 might be a little more stressful than your case because of covid, but I’ll look out for your brother!
June 26, 2021 at 13:07
Please convey my greetings to your family and specially the little angel Sophia who is almost the same age as my daughter! God bless you.
August 3, 2021 at 21:17
It is impossible to thank you enough for all you have done to DV winners, so selflessly, giving how much time you can contribute.
Iam donating a small amount from my 1st salary
Iam DV 2020 winner, have already got my green card.
Immediately after entering USA, I had to return back to my country to complete my studies.
Now Iam back and adjusting myself.
Hadn’t you been there, then it would be very diffcult to navigate through the process starting from scratch.
Thanking you whole heartly and blessing you and your children to get the best of best in life.
August 3, 2021 at 22:29
Thank you for stopping by to let us know how its going, and for the very generous support. I hope this will be the beginning of a great USA story!
August 4, 2021 at 03:39
Hoping of meeting you one day in person and want to say how great a person you are. Thanking you again.
August 25, 2021 at 16:34
I am dv2020 winner though I have not receive my visa yet, I’m ready to be schedule for an interview but I want to thank you for the great job, your encouragement and the advice you give to us. I hav’nt support you in anyway but I hope things will get better. Thank you and God bless you
September 13, 2021 at 17:01
I just wanted to leave a note with a HUGE thank you for all of your knowledge and support that you provide through this blog, YouTube live and twitter.
I have just walked out of my AoS interview with my green card approved and it is thanks to all of your info and help along the way – especially through all the political and covid challenges we have seen lately.
I know its something small, but I have made a little donation, so please have a beer or 2 on me and know that you are greatly appreciated.
Thank you again,
September 17, 2021 at 00:52
Congratulations. I had the same feeling almost exactly 7 years ago. Best of luck! I appreciate the kind donation!!
September 24, 2021 at 10:47
Hi Sofia, Your dad has done an amazing job, providing information for friends who want to live in America. I wish I have found his blog earlier. Even now it helped me to get my doubts clear, as I am waiting for the interview. Well, we never know. It will be for 2022 draw. However, Simon – I have nowhere read so meaningful information as you provided and a huge “thank you” – Pree
September 25, 2021 at 23:42
March 19, 2022 at 22:44
Hello Mr BritSimon ihave problem in the first step in the last day 9 november2020. I am married with 2 children (boy and girl), and I forgot to put my children’s personal information. Now that I have been selected in immigration program,I add them in ds260. Iam witnessing your help in my issue case and today I have recu my date of interview in 8-05-2022 .
March 20, 2022 at 21:03
If you did not include your children in the original entry you are CERTAIN to be disqualified at interview and will lose your fees.
July 23, 2022 at 12:00
Hi BritSimon – one of the 2022 Australia based OC’ers here. Been following your blog and YouTube videos since 1NL times and took your great advice to just get on with it and transfer to Suva to get the visa rather than risk Sydney opening or not opening. I was there in the last couple weeks and it was amazingly straightforward and simple. Thank you for all you do here, year after year. Sending you some love via the Donate button. Keep up the good work.
July 25, 2022 at 14:33
Congratulations and best of luck!
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