You cannot be a contractor generally. Your employer who sponsors you need to give you a W-2 salary.
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They should hire an immigration attorney to look into their options.
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What visa is most appropriate depends on the job requirements and your credentials. There are several types of visas to work in the United States. Your employer's attorney can best advise what visas are applicable and available. To address your question about what is a W-2, this relates to the type of employee you would be - an employee vs. an independent contractor. For an H-1B visa, for example, you cannot be an independent contractor. You must be a regular employee on payroll with appropriate taxes deducted.
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