Finding a finance job in USA as a foreigner living abroad
Any fellow foreigners here who managed to score a finance job in USA without completing a degree there?
To shed some light on my situation, I am from Europe, close to graduating from a borderline T10 European university with MSF, with two study abroad semesters in CA/US with strong brand names. My grades put me comfortably at the top of my cohort, I have a solid internship under my belt and have completed my studies at such a pace that I would be very competitive candidate for many jobs in e.g. London. I want to work in markets related jobs (think S&T, HFs etc.).
However, I have no desire to stay in Europe and would do just about anything to start building my life and career in US. Thus I am trying to weigh my opinions here - given my stellar academic record etc., is there any hope that I'll be able to get a Visa sponsor in US straight out of university? I have the advantage that I'll be able to spend the last semester of my studies in Canada, and thus flying to interviews and networking is not impossible since I am planning spending plenty of time in US anyway (although technically doing this with tourist Visa is a bit dodgy, and I don't know how companies view this). I suppose getting a job in Canada and trying to work my way in to states that way would also be possible and I wouldn't mind taking this route if needed. I could also complete a second masters in a highly ranked US school (should be able to get some admissions with my academic record), but I don't know how potential employers would view this option given that the opportunity cost in getting a second masters within a very short period of time is very high compared to the tangible benefits if one doesn't consider the OPT Visa route to US job markets.
TL;DR - my questions summarized:
1. Have you succesfully nailed a job in USA without living/studying there and without 2+ years of work experience?
2. Do you know anyone who has done it?
3. If not, how would you go about doing it, and would it be easier to work myself into USA starting my career in Canada or doing a second master's in USA to solve the work Visa issue?
All advice is very highly appreciated - feel free to PM if you are not comfortable sharing everything in public.