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H1B transfer denial - Product Manager role

New Asade
Dec 3

Current job title: Associate product manager
New job title: Senior associate product manager
New company: Wayfair
Location: Boston

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File date: 9/5/2018
RFE date: 9/15/2018 (Reason: SO)
RFE response date: 11/15/2018
Denial date: 11/30/2018

Got my H1B transfer denied the other day. Man this surely feels frustrated. PM is probably a high risk job to switch to under current policy. Attorney is still waiting for the physical decision to be mailed and I guess we'll go from there. Not sure if they will refile my case. My H1B expires 9/1/2019 and regardless it will look ugly for me next year. Seems it will be hard to even just extend my current H1B.

Anyway, good luck guys. And to hell with this system.

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  • Zulily hoag45
    How did you ever get an h1b? PM is not a specialized or unique job. Literally anyone can do it. If you have a CS degree you should switch to dev asap, otherwise switch to tourist visa.
    Dec 32
    • New Asade
      OP
      Well I do know quite a few PMs on H1B and some had their transfer done successfully. And while I agree PM is a role that everyone can do (more or less), but that doesn't mean anyone can do it well.
      Dec 3
    • Apple Sharingan
      All the PMs that were on H1B had MBAs though. But regardless, wishing you all the best, hope your lawyers figure out a way!
      Dec 3
  • Akamai Technologies dBwe58
    Did you already join the new company on H1B receipt? Will you be out of status or can you reapply staying in US?
    Dec 32
    • New Asade
      OP
      No I'm still with the previous company. It's pretty risky these days to join without actually getting approved.
      Dec 3
    • Akamai Technologies dBwe58
      Wise decision not joining on receipt!
      Dec 3
  • New Bihari
    H1B will cease to exist in its current form before the 2020 election cycle.
    Dec 30
  • Synopsys wFatDuck
    That truly sucks , sorry to hear that bro. Maybe a move back to being a dev will help while the current policies are in place ?
    Dec 31
    • New Asade
      OP
      Thanks for the advice. That's probably a better move.
      Dec 3
  • Akamai Technologies dBwe58
    Speciality occupation
    Dec 30
  • OnDeck max2387
    I am going on a receipt and these things makes me scared but for CS I feel it should be fine. Undergrad and grad in CS worked as SE all my life wage level 4 I am guessing it shud be fine
    Dec 33
    • New Asade
      OP
      It's much less risky but in rare cases things can still go south. Good luck man.
      Dec 3
    • Facebook cynical.ly
      There was a post a few weeks ago, from someone trying to join FB from Microsoft. They had Masters in CS and have been SWE all their life too!. Soo be aware of the risk and have plan B ready - company willing to move you to another location, going back to the old job (?), or leaving the country. Of course, if you're single, you may be able to wing it and take the chance.
      Dec 3
    • OnDeck max2387
      Really CS in master and his h1b was denied man that sounds bizzare to me. Sometimes just unbelievable. Yeah they said they will relocate me to London. But I am hopeful it will not happen
      Dec 3
  • Microsoft G8lol
    Sorry to hear. Do you have an MBA from a US school? how much work experience do you have ?
    Dec 31
    • New Asade
      OP
      I worked at Huawei as a project manager for 3 years. Then came to the US for my master degree in computer science. I've been working in a local software company as product manager for 2.5 years now.
      Dec 3
  • Apple KGHP41
    You’re not STEM. I’m glad they’re correcting it. Sorry it hurts but it is true. They used to hand H1B to literally anybody including some people who flipped burgers in a restaurant.
    Dec 31
    • Apple KGHP41
      It’s not your degree. Its the job profile. Is that too hard to understand? You might have a PhD in CS but if you’re working as a waiter that doesn’t qualify you for an H1B. Seriously where did you graduate from?
      7d
  • Slack / Eng
    namelessyo

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    namelessyomore
    What is the reason for denial? Is it because of the new company or yourself?
    Dec 31
    • New Asade
      OP
      I have no idea. Attorney is still waiting for the physical mail of denial. I'll update here once I have more info.
      Dec 3
  • Deloitte / Legal
    nohomobro

    DeloitteLegal

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    nohomobromore
    If it’s any consolation, there will be many more in the same boat within a month or two(specifically the hordes of people who transferred on receipt without PP despite repeated advice not to on here). It sounds like you at least followed the process fully and faithfully, so my condolences, bro.
    Dec 31
    • Facebook cynical.ly
      I was with you until the last sentence. You're either naive or don't want to see the reality if you think this admin is targeting only abuse. Abuse is just an excuse. They are targeting any and every immigrant, except for whites.
      Otherwise, how do you explain transfer denials for MS CS, SWE transfer from Microsoft to Facebook?
      Dec 3
  • RackWare Dreamlight
    Get a new lawyer or move to a dev role.
    Dec 30
  • Zinus / Other
    soeoak89

    ZinusOther

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    soeoak89more
    What is SO?
    Dec 30
  • Lol, much for the American Dream. Welcome back to ground.
    Dec 30

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