Do you need a work visa to work remotely from outside the US for a US based company?

Asked over 1 year ago - Los Angeles, CA

Are there any restrictions or limitations? Is payroll involved? Do you need to be paid in the currency of the country you live in?

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  1. Sasha O. Lazarevich-Sinnott

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    Answered . So you are asking whether you can work for a US company in a non-us location? I assume this means you would need to adhere to the labor and immigration laws of that country. Avvo is for US law.

    As to payroll or tax questions - again you should probably consult a tax lawyer in the country that you will be working in.

  2. Alexander Joseph Segal

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    Answered . No, you need to comply with that country's laws.

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  3. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . US laws apply only to people within the US.

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  4. Marc Anthony Topoleski

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    Answered . A U.S. work visa is only required for work physically performed within the U.S.

  5. Todd Matthew Heine

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    Answered . Generally, if you are the worker working abroad, you'll only need to make sure that you have the proper visa to be working in the country you are located in. If you are a US citizen, you will have tax filing obligations. Our law firm can give you a free consultation about those issues.

    If however you are the employer, you'll need to consider the corporate, tax, immigration, and employment law issues:

    - Corporate: you may need to establish a local hiring entity
    - Tax: you may create a corporate tax liability through a permanent establishment (see my article linked below)
    - Immigration: you may need to make sure that your employee has a proper work visa
    - Employment: you may be taking on labor law liability in the local country

    The specific issues for an employer or employee alike will depend on the employee's location. Happily, our firm focuses solely on these kinds of issues and can offer you a complimentary consultation at 703-879-5632 or todd@totalmobilitylaw.com. (Also check out the link below.)

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