Streamlined Saudi Arabia Company Registration Process: A Step-by-Step Guide
To facilitate a smooth Saudi Arabia company registration process, follow these steps recommended by Fionza Consultants:
Step 1: Choose a Suitable Business Structure
Prioritize understanding your business goals and unique needs. Fionza Consultants will provide insights into the optimal business entity, paid-up share capital, and corporate structure. For international clients, a Saudi Arabia Limited Liability Company (LLC) is often recommended due to its flexibility, allowing registration with only one shareholder.
Step 2: Application for Investment License
Initiate the process by applying for the Investment License through Fionza Consultants. This is essential for non-GCC foreign investors engaged in commercial activities not on the “Negative List.” Apply to the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), providing detailed information on the investment activity, financial data, etc. Upon approval, SAGIA issues a pre-approval certificate confirming eligibility for 100% foreign ownership.
Step 3: Reserve Company Name
Select a preferred business name, and Fionza Consultants will secure its reservation with the Unified Centre. This step precedes the submission of incorporation forms, articles of associations, and deed of establishment.
Step 4: Preparation of Documents Required for Incorporation
Assistance from Fionza Consultants ensures the preparation of necessary documents, including the Article of Incorporation, Business Plan, Company Constitution, and personal information of directors and shareholders. Submit these to the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, followed by notarization, newspaper publication, and obtaining the CR certificate.
Step 5: Registering with MERAS
Fionza Consultants aids in registering with the Saudi Business Center’s MERAS program. This includes obtaining a commercial registration (CR) and tax number. The complete registration application is then submitted to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), leading to the issuance of CR approximately 6 weeks later.
Step 6: Issuance of SAGIA Foreign Business License
Assistance from Fionza Consultants continues with the application for the SAGIA foreign business license. Submit relevant documents for review and approval, including CR, tax registration, municipality license, and bank’s share capital deposit letter. SAGIA issues the foreign business investment license, granting your company the ability to sign contracts, issue invoices, and hire employees.
Step 7: Creation of Company Seal
Fionza Consultants guides the design and creation of the company seal, incorporating the Commercial Registration number and company name. This seal is essential for various purposes, including attesting signatories, registering with social insurance, and producing company invoices.
Step 8: Registration at the Chamber of Commerce
Proceed to register the company with the Chamber of Commerce. Within 30 days, submit the Certificate of Membership obtained from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI).
Step 9: Bank Account Opening
Upon completion of company registration, Fionza Consultants assists in opening a corporate bank account at a bank of your choice. Activate your account after the issuance of the Certificate of Registration, and unfreeze your initial capital deposit. Opening a capital account and obtaining a certificate of share capital deposit may be necessary.
Step 10: Staying Compliant
Fionza Consultants continues to ensure ongoing compliance with local government policies. This includes preparing financial statements, corporate tax returns, and bookkeeping services to keep your business in adherence to accounting and tax filing requirements. Stay confident in the knowledge that your business remains compliant with the local regulatory framework.
Follow these steps meticulously with the expert guidance of Fionza Consultants to smoothly navigate the Saudi Arabia company registration process and ensure sustained compliance with local regulations.