Oracle Scratchpad

July 26, 2011

O-1 Again

Filed under: Advertisements — Jonathan Lewis @ 6:49 am BST Jul 26,2011

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)


  1. >the immigration authority decided to ask me for more evidence of the significance of my work
    “Once an expert ….. not always an expert” ?

    Comment by Hemant K Chitale — July 26, 2011 @ 7:25 am BST Jul 26,2011 | Reply

    • Hemant,

      Good question. I think the only fair answer has to be that expertise does become dated. I wouldn’t let a 1960’s expert car mechanic anywhere near my car without first making sure that he had been trained on more recent technology.

      Comment by Jonathan Lewis — August 1, 2011 @ 11:01 am BST Aug 1,2011 | Reply

  2. The intersection of “alien” and “surgery” prompted my brain to start thinking about this:

    It will stay with me for the rest of the day.

    Although I do not have to deal with US Immigration anymore they continue to be a negative influence on my life.

    Comment by David Aldridge — July 26, 2011 @ 8:35 am BST Jul 26,2011 | Reply

  3. If you want to experience the real pain, you have to be Indian/Chinese citizen.

    Comment by vishal Desai — July 26, 2011 @ 2:02 pm BST Jul 26,2011 | Reply

  4. Well, the bible is a pretty significant book to the world. “Practical Oracle 8i” is still a bible to me.

    Comment by Galen Boyer — July 26, 2011 @ 2:50 pm BST Jul 26,2011 | Reply

  5. Just yesterday I saw oracle’s updated metalink document. The references section was what stroke me:


    Nice to see a multimillion company is not too proud to reference an independant consultant to get to the bottom of their own software product…

    The visa was probably oracle’s way to say thank you.

    Comment by lnd — July 26, 2011 @ 5:16 pm BST Jul 26,2011 | Reply

  6. Jonathan,

    you’re doing yourself a disservice. O-1’s are for non-immigrants of Extraordinary ability not just exceptional. If the number of individuals was reprsented by a table T1 (normal number), and we had a normal distribution, perhaps as created in your book (pg 151), then you would represent the percentile in the range 8974 – 34660 (at least, if not higher)

    Comment by stelios Charalambides — July 26, 2011 @ 7:00 pm BST Jul 26,2011 | Reply

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