3 Key Pillars to Set Up as a Remote Worker from Brazil

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eduardo SEO Specialist and content production, I have worked in several renowned companies in Brazil and abroad. I write about money, technology and more!
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With the advancement in technology, distances no longer influence our work, social and personal lives. You can live thousands of kilometers away from where you work; it won’t make a difference. That’s the power of remote working. 

You can be part of the remote workforce from Brazil, working for organizations in the United States to earn a significant amount of money. But how can you do it, and what are the most important pillars that can make you successful as a remote worker for U.S. companies are the important questions. In this article, you’ll find answers to them in detail.

How big is the U.S. remote market?

Before we dive into the pillars, you must be wondering about the opportunities you can find in the remote workforce with U.S. companies from Brazil. You’ll be surprised that 16% of U.S. companies hire only remote workers. 

This data does not reflect the companies that hire a proportion of their total employees as remote workers but have on-site teams too. That depicts you have a significant opportunity to be a remote worker.

All you need is passion, skill, and the right strategy to join the US workforce.

What are the three pillars to position yourself as a potential remote worker from Brazil?

Well, you might have heard that getting a job, even remotely, is not easy for foreigners, but that isn’t true. If you have the talent, whether it is in software development, graphic designing, writing, or other domains, you can surely get through the screening process of the companies in the United States. 

However, before you start applying for remote jobs, let us tell you three important things that have actually been hindering you from making a move. 

Although we don’t mean to portray things as super easy, you’ll be better off than a significant proportion of remote workers worldwide who haven’t even figured out how to start. 

Here are the three pillars on which your remote work should be based:

  • Requirements for a Work visa
  • Tax Payment
  • Receiving Salary

Requirement for work visa

One of the main concerns for remote workers in Latin America is the requirement for a work visa. As U.S. immigration policies are strict, it is unlikely that you will get a permit for work. Besides, you might not even be willing to commute leaving your homeland. 

But as you aim to work remotely for a U.S. company, you don’t need a work visa. You, as a Brazilian, will be a non-resident alien to the United States. Simply put, you or the company hiring you will not be bound to pay the federal income tax. Thus, U.S. companies have no legal barriers to hiring you as a full-time worker.

Moreover, the foreign Labor Certification Programs wouldn’t restrict your employment as they do not treat workers outside the United States as a direct threat to the local labor force. 

So, there is no barrier to your entry into the remote U.S. workforce.

Tax payment

As your status in the U.S. company will be of a non-resident alien while working from Brazil, your tax obligations will be handled accordingly. Under this situation, U.S. tax laws will not be imposed on you, and you’ll get the agreed compensation without any tax deductions. However, you’ll have to pay tax under Brazilian law.

You can register yourself under Brazilian tax law in multiple ways. Let’s discuss the different statuses you can choose to register with the Brazilian tax authorities.

According to Brazilian law, if you earn 10000 BRL, you can register as an independent contractor. 

There are two main ways you can register yourself, as an individual and as an entity.

Register as an individual (trabalhador autônomo)

Regardless of your earning threshold, you can register as an individual with the tax authorities, and the tax rate would be applied accordingly. 

The Federal Revenue Service is the authority where you’ll need to register for social security and tax purposes. The authority levies progressive taxation ranging from 7.5% to 27.5%. The last date for the submission is 30th April of every year, and it needs to be submitted electronically. 

Register as an entity

If you want to register as an entity, there are multiple options. These include:

Individual Micro Entrepreneur

Registration as an Individual Micro Entrepreneur is possible if you earn BRL 81000 yearly. In this situation, you’ll make a monthly payment as a percentage of the monthly average wage. Also, an additional BRL 5 as an ISS taxpayer must be paid.

While paying all these taxes, you’ll be entitled to benefits like maternity allowance, retirement, social security coverage, paid health leave, and exemption from federal taxes.

Microenterprise

With earnings of BRL 360000 yearly, you can register as a Microenterprise or individual entrepreneur. There is no difference between you and your business. So, you’ll be responsible for all the debts of your business.

Individual Limited Liability Company

You can even register as an Individual Limited Liability Company while working for U.S. corporations from Brazil, but your yearly earnings must be more than BRL 360000.

Payment receipts from international clients

This topic is the most exciting for many Brazilian professionals that work remotely because it has hindered them from reaching their full potential. Perhaps they were never sure how to receive payment from clients in the U.S. while living in Brazil. So, we’ll help you find an answer here.

As you’ll be getting paid in Brazilian currency while your earnings will be in dollars, you’ll have to bear the impact of the currency fluctuations. Apart from it, there is no technicality involved in the process. All you have to do is to choose one of the different methods available for this process. 

Bank transfer using SWIFT code

Your employer in the United States can transfer money directly from their company account to your account in Brazil. It will require your Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT Code). Although the process will be as simple as a local bank transfer, multiple banks, and financial institutions will be involved at the backend, detecting a certain percentage at every stopover. Even your bank will deduct service charges and a markup of 3% to 6% for payment receipt. 

Money transfer through different platforms

You’ll find multiple services like Payoneer, Paypal, Skrill, and Wise operating internationally. Nearly every remote worker maintains an account with these companies. Depending upon the service charges and the current exchange rates each of these services provides, you can agree upon the platform through which your employer in the U.S. will send you money in Brazil. 

You can find the in-built invoicing tools within these platforms, and they also offer you Visa and Mastercards to help you use your funds with greater ease. 

But the problem with these platforms is that personal transactions might not be as easy to conduct as you think. Blockage of funds might be another problem for which you’ll have to share the nature of your work and invoice from the relevant company.

Local exchange brokers can be an option:

You can even get money in your local currency through a local exchange broker. But you’ll have to look for a broker involved in international operations for this.

Cryptocurrency:

With this modern currency available at your disposal, you don’t have to look for any other part and worry about the exchange rate fluctuation. Cryptocurrency can offer you an excellent investment or saving opportunity without requiring you to do anything extra. Besides, you can easily convert USDT to USD, and make transactions as required.

Set up as a remote worker for the U.S. while enjoying your life in Brazil

With all the significant confusion about remote working clarified, now you have removed all the barriers to becoming a digital worker. Try your luck with U.S. companies, and earn a lot more than what you can make in Brazil.

eduardo SEO Specialist and content production, I have worked in several renowned companies in Brazil and abroad. I write about money, technology and more!

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