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About BVI Business Company

BVI IBC Package includes BVI international company, Apostille, corporate seal and opening a bank account with one of the banks located in Cyprus, Singapore, Seychelles, UK, Latvia, Belize and Nevis.

British Virgin Islands Business Company (BVI BC) is the world's most popular international legal entity. About 41% of the world's international companies have been formed in the BVI.

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Major advantages of BVI BC:

  • Zero corporate income tax

  • Corporate documents are well known to and widely recognized by international banks

  • Not expensive annual support

  • Not and never been blacklisted by FATF and OECD

  • Information about officers, shareholders and beneficial owners is not filed with the BVI Register of Companies and closed for the public

  • No restrictions on doing business and buying property in the BVI and all other countries

  • Available for residents of any country

  • Companies incorporated in any other jurisdiction may be continued in BVI as an BC

  • BVI BC can, where the laws of another jurisdiction permit, redomicile to such jurisdiction.

Corporate Legislation

On January 1, 2007 the British Virgin Islands Business Companies Act 2004 became the sole Business Companies Act in the BVI.

The BVI BC Act defined status of 'Business Company (BC)'.

The Act cancelled restrictions on doing business in the BVI, which existed for BVI IBC. BVI BC is allowed to conduct business with BVI residents and buy real estate property in the BVI.

Despite of the new BVI legislation a lot of international service providers continue to use the traditional term "IBC" in regards to BVI Business Company.

Corporate Name

The word "Limited", "Corporation", "Incorporated", "Societe Anonyme" or "Sociedad Anonima" or the abbreviation "Ltd", "Corp", "Inc" or "S.A." must be part of the name. Restricted names are ones that the Registrar may consider to be misleading, and include, for example, bank, financial, trust, insurance, trust, stock exchange, etc.

Office Address and Local Agent

Registered office address must be located in the BVI. Principal office address (business address) may be in any country.

Each company has to have a local registered agent authorized by the BVI government.

Our fee includes BVI registered office address and registered agent for the first year.


A minimum of one shareholder is required. Residents of any country, individuals and legal entities may become shareholders of BVI BC.

Directors and Officers

A minimum of one director is required.

Positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer are mandatory for each BVI company.

Any persons including individuals and legal entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, etc. residents of any country may be appointed as directors and officers of the BVI BC.

One person may hold all positions - director, president, secretary and treasurer.

Authorized Capital

British Virgin Islands Business Companies Act 2004 has abolished the idea of authorized capital of the company and replaced it with a maximum number of shares, which the company is authorized to issue.

Number of shares the BVI company is authorized to issue affects the government incorporation fee and annual fee.

If a company is authorized to issue up to 50,000 shares, the government fee is $450.

If a company is authorized to issue any number of shares exceeding 50,000, the BVI government fee is $1,200.

If a company limited by guarantee that is not authorized to issue shares or an unlimited company that is authorized to issue shares, the BVI government fee is $450.

BVI BC may be authorized to issue shares with or without a par value.

Standard BVI company is considered a company, which is authorized to issue a maximum of 50,000 ordinary shares of a single class with a par value of US$1.00 each. Such company satisfies 99% of our clients.

Our fees always include the government fees.

Bearer Shares

Bearer shares are not available.


There are no income or other taxes for BVI BC or its directors, officers and shareholders in BVI.

Annual FeeS

Each BVI company must pay the annual renewal fee starting from the second year. Our annual fees are listed in the Fee Schedule.

Public Records

Directors information is filed with the BVI Registry. However, this information is not available to the public.

Shareholders information is not filed with the BVI Registry. However, each registered agent must upload information about beneficial owners of BVI business companies to the Benificial Ownership Secure Search System (BOSS System). BVI law enforsment is able to search the BOSS System currently at request of UK authorities only.

Our company offers Nominee services, as an extra layer of privacy protection.

Accounting and Audit Requirements

There are no accounting and audit requirements for BVI companies. However, owners of BVI companies are required to provide addresses, where accounting records are stored. Accounting records address may be in any country.

Annual General Meeting

Not required.

Time Required for Incorporation

Incorporation of BVI companies takes 2 to 4 business days. Time required for receiving of the registration documents from the BVI Register of Companies and legalization of the documents with Apostille is 5 to 8 business days.

Shelf Companies

We incorporate BVI companies and keep them in our office as shelf companies for convenience of our clients. All shelf companies do not have any previous business transactions. When a client buys a shelf company of any age, he may be absolutely confident that he is the first owner of it.

Please check our Shelf Company List.

Virtual Office Services

Our company offers BVI mail forwarding services and other tailored office services.


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