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Register a Foreign Limited Company in Kenya

As it stands, there are five common ways for foreigners to set up or own a limited company in Kenya.

I. Register a Foreign Company With a Kenyan Partner as Director

This is one of the easiest ways for a foreigner to set up a company in Kenya. A foreigner owner who has a Kenyan partner will not be required to provide a KRA PIN and Alien ID which take enormous time and effort to acquire.

Learn more about how to register a foreign company with a Kenyan director

II. Register a Foreign Company with Nominee Director

This route will provide you with a service where a nominee will act as a director of your company during the registration process to meet the requirements needed to set up a company. Nominee Director will only hold a 1% share of the company.

Learn more about how to register a foreign company with a nominee director

III. Opening a Branch of an Existing Foreign Company

To open a branch or subsidiary in Kenya of an existing foreign company, you will need to register for a Certificate of Compliance. You must provide a copy of your Certificate of Incorporation, a copy of Memorandum and a Company Tax Registration Certificate of the existing foreign company.

Learn more about how to open a branch of an existing foreign company

IV. Register a  Foreign Company Fully Owned by Foreign Nationals

Foreign owners intending to register their company without a Kenyan partner will be required to provide a KRA PIN for the application. In order to acquire this document as a foreigner, they will first have to get an Alien ID, for which they become eligible for after three months of consecutive residency in Kenya.

Learn more about how to register a foreign company that’s fully owned by foreign nationals

V. Acquire an Existing Company Previously Owned by Kenyans

Through acquisition or merger, foreigners can pay an agreed amount for a target Kenyan business and start the process of changing ownership by adding and removing directors and shareholders.

Learn more about how to acquire or buy an existing company owned by Kenyans

Resources For Foreign Limited Company

  • Alien ID Card – This is a document for foreign nationals which enables them to have an ID recognized by Kenyan government institutions and gives access to services such as KRA PIN and applying for a work permit, opening a business bank account, applying for Company KRA PIN, making tax returns and much more.
  • Single Entry Visa – It is meant for any person who is looking to enter Kenya to carry out business activities. The visa is valid for three (3) months only. Issued at a cost of $51 by the government. 
  • Work Permit – There are different types or classes of work permits available in Kenya. For business owners who have registered their companies in Kenya and are looking to work in Kenya, they will need to apply for Class G permit which is valid for two (2) years and subject to renewal.  
  • KRA PIN – This is the most important document your company must obtain to do any business in Kenya. Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) PIN can be used to open a business bank account, perform tax returns on rental income, applying for Government tenders, purchase of land, buying and selling a property and many other business transactions.

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