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..
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.
September 4, 2019 at 2:09 pm
Hi Brit, I am happy to tell you my relatives in Kenya received their immigrant visa today ! Your guidance in this process has helped many of us and for that we’re forever grateful! I have made a donation to help get beautiful Sofia her tree house. Please let her know that she is a wonderful person and that she has an awesome dad !!
September 4, 2019 at 10:38 pm
Thank you Faadi for letting me know and the donation. Best of luck to your relatives.
February 5, 2020 at 12:55 pm
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 9:21 pm
Is this a DV lottery case?
February 26, 2020 at 6:03 am
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 7:08 pm
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 9:56 pm
April 15, 2020 at 6:18 pm
Thank you so much for everything Brit!
May 1, 2020 at 4:18 pm
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 6:38 pm
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 7:05 pm
Yes I know, never say never. Finger crossed of course :). Thank you very much again.
June 25, 2020 at 3:27 pm
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 am
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 2:50 pm
Thank you for coming back and saying Hi – and thanks for the generous donation!
May 21, 2020 at 12:00 am
Thanks Brit for your wonderful help,
May 21, 2020 at 12:07 am
June 16, 2020 at 12:48 am
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 5:41 pm
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 5:58 pm
Brit sir how much i can help your blog, can i do 50. im new but i love u. please
June 21, 2020 at 7:50 pm
There is no need to donate anything.
June 23, 2020 at 10:01 pm
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 4:54 pm
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 5:54 am
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 2:03 pm
Thanks – the donate page above shows the link for those that want to donate.
July 3, 2020 at 6:51 pm
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 8:31 pm
I don’t know – but don’t worry – do that when you move to the USA!
August 24, 2020 at 6:34 pm
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 4:54 am
September 18, 2020 at 9:09 am
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 6:11 pm
I’m so glad to have helped. Best of luck in the USA – live your best life!
September 24, 2020 at 1:37 pm
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 9:44 pm
Glad it worked out for you. I’ll pass this on to Sofia!
September 28, 2020 at 7:39 am
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 6:44 pm
Thank you Milena!!
September 30, 2020 at 1:15 pm
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 2:12 pm
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 9:17 pm
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 12:08 am
November 3, 2020 at 4:58 pm
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 7:44 pm
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 8:33 am
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 5:07 pm
I glad you are settling in, and glad if I helped. Best of luck!!
March 1, 2021 at 7:14 pm
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 7:23 pm
Thanks for that Ilkin – best of luck in the USA!
April 26, 2021 at 11:11 am
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 6:11 pm
Thanks for that! Good luck!
May 13, 2021 at 5:35 am
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 5:49 am
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 7:07 am
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?
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