I don’t often waste time searching the internet for evidence of my brilliance – but sometimes you’ve just got to do it ;) My O-1 visa (aliens of exceptional ability) was up for renewal, and the immigration authority decided to ask me for more evidence of the significance of my work.
In part, I think, this was because they had decided that Cary Millsap and Tom Kyte were colleagues of mine and therefore couldn’t be used as referees for Cost-Based Oracle. This put me into a weird “Catch-22” situation – everyone I know that’s in a position to act as a referee is someone I know quite well, which means they’re just as much a “colleague” as Tom or Cary. So anyone I could ask to write a reference presumably wouldn’t be acceptable because I’d asked them!
In the end I asked the presidents of a number of international Oracle User Groups and editors of various magazines to make a statement for me – and they were all very helpful, for which I am grateful.
I also found a couple of dozen books and a handful of academic papers that reference my work – and that must have helped too. I also checked some salary surveys for the USA – it looks as if my fee income puts me somewhere between a top-rate gynaecologist and a top-rate surgeon (there’s got to be an analogy lurking there somewhere;).
Anyway, my passport arrived back from the US Embassy early this morning – so I’m ready for my next trip to the USA (California and Minnesota – 16th Aug)