Q&A: Can the US citizen spouse of an Irish citizen work for a US company remotely?

I received an email a few days ago from a reader who had a concern about working remotely in Ireland for a US company. I have some personal experience with this exact situation, so I was able to provide an answer that was to the reader's liking. Below you will find the text of that conversation.

Hello, I know that US citizens can get residency and right to work in Ireland through their Irish citizen spouses. Is there a way for them to continue to work for their US company remotely from Ireland even if the US company has no office in Ireland? Would they need to establish as a self employed person in Ireland and treat the US company as a client that they are a contractor for? Many thanks for your help and for this great resource. Kevin

Hi Kevin,

Assuming the US citizen is eligible to reside in Ireland, then the answer to your question is most certainly yes. I answer yes based on first hand experience of doing this. When I first moved back to Ireland from the US in 2006, I continued to work for my US employer from a home-office in Ireland.

There may be many ways to go about receiving payment from the US company, but the way I did it was through a staffing agency that had offices in both countries. I was paid from the Irish branch of the staffing agency, in Euro currency, and the company I worked for paid the US branch for my services.

Alternatively, there are other ways to receive payment similar to what you mentioned. You could register as a self-employed person and invoice the company directly. They could then pay you through various mediums such as PayPal or CurrencyFair.

It's important to note, that as an Irish resident, you would then pay income tax in Ireland, even though you are still working for the US office. In addition, as you are probably already aware, you would still need to file an annual US tax return, as is required of all US citizens.

I hope this helps.

Best regards,
Liam

Home office image credit: flickr/smemon

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