Can a international student studying abroad be paid by a US company for freelance work?

Asked over 1 year ago - Pittsburgh, PA

I am an international student affiliated to two universities in USA and Portugal. I have finished by first semester in the USA and currently I am in Portugal. I have just received an offer to freelance for a US based company. Can I accept this? Can I be paid and money be deposited to my US bank account? How can I make this work?

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I have a temporary resident card in Portugal.It is valid for a year. My home country is India

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  1. F. J. Capriotti III

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    Answered . Two issues:

    1. Do you have a work permit in Portugal?
    2. Being paid in the US is not a good idea .. what is your home country?

    PROFESSOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW for over 10 years -- This blog posting is offered for informational purposes only. It... more
  2. J. Thomas Smith Ph.D.

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    Answered . Need more information. You need to consult with an attorney who can address the specifics of your situation.

    Law Offices of J Thomas Smith J.D., Ph.D 11500 Northwest Freeway, Suite 280 Houston, TX 77092 713-LAWYER-2 www.... more
  3. Anu Gupta

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    Answered . Hello there- I would recommend asking your US university if you qualify for any kind of internship/externship while in your first year, or if you can get a CPT to work. You should also ask the employer if they would be willing to sign up for an externship. Working in the first year is generally not permitted, but externships may be. Also, we file hardship waivers for foreign students to get work permits. This is based on individual circumstances and may or may not apply to your situation.

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  4. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . US immigration law governs employment while in the US. It has no applicability to employment abroad.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  5. Luca Cristiano Maria Melchionna

    Contributor Level 16

    Answered . The question has more to do with international tax. If you are a European resident you can work from Europe. My suggestion is to ask the US based company to pay for your service directly in Europe (if this is possible). In any case my recommendation is to consult with an international firm dealing with international tax issues. Best.

    This reply is offered for educational purpose only. You should seek the advice of an attorney. The response given... more

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