Basically I got a call from HR on a Thursday saying my work visa transfer got denied so I had to pack up and leave the US by Monday. Currently overseas sorting out my situation - my girlfriend and all my friends stateside, as well as my family here, are still in shock.
Background: I'm an analyst in the US office of a global investment bank. I had gotten my H1B visa at my first company doing investment banking out of college - I switched over to a new company last month, also doing investment banking. When applying for the H1B transfer (mainly done by the company's retained immigration law firm) I got RFE-ed and denied based on my new job not qualifying as a "Specialized Occupation" (in the denial letter somehow the US gov is convinced that investment banking analysts shouldn't be a job that requires a college degree?!). I reviewed the H1B transfer application and the job description seemed similar enough to my H1B application that was successful last year.
To non-US citizens working in investment banking:
I wanted to pick your brains on how to make my next H1B application not get denied. I understand the "any comments here shouldn't be taken as official legal advice... blah blah", but wondering if there were any specific key-words or attributes in the application (mainly the job description) that you had incorporated by suggestion of your lawyers or others? FYI my undergraduate degree was in Economics and a STEM-qualifying quantitative field.
Appreciate any help in advance!