Working Remotely For A US Company: Myth-Busting Misconceptions

Updated: Feb 5

Whether you are a full-time employee or an independent contractor, these are the ins and outs of signing up with an American company as a non-US resident.

It's no secret that the United States is one of the biggest remote work hubs in the world, being home to thousands of remote-first companies. Recent statistics gathered by Flexjobs showed that out of 669 CEO's across the country, 78% agreed that remote work is here to stay long-term.

For remote work hopefuls outside of the US, this boom can also pose a unique challenge. Some of the most exciting remote jobs seem to stem from America, but working for one is often location-restricted. Companies willing to open their listings across world borders have challenges of their own - how do tax and benefits work for a non-US employee?

We've put together answers to all the top questions about working remotely for a US company, and how American companies can confidently move forward with the global talent pool when hiring online.

Working For An American Company: Visa Or No Visa?

One of the common misconceptions associated with working remotely for a US company is that it's not possible without some sort of formal visa requirement being met first. This is something that is commonly believed not just by candidates, but by employers too.

Let's take a look at the real facts in this handy infographic:

The US Department of Labor's regulations regarding hiring for companies does not restrict companies from hiring outside of US American borders. This means that American companies that are interested in the idea of hiring remote workers overseas do not have to withhold any estimated taxes, and the wages do not have to be reported to the IRS either.

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