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> How to Register a Foreign Company in Kenya


Section 3 of the Companies Act provides that a foreign Company is a Company that is incorporated outside Kenya.

Section 974 of the Companies Act provides that a foreign company shall not carry on business unless it is registered in Kenya, according to the provisions of the Companies Act.

Process for registering a foreign Company

  1. Log in to the e-Citizen portal.
  2. Select Business Registration Service- Foreign Company.
  3. Apply for the reservation of Business name- submit three (3) names- You will receive a confirmation of the approved within 24 hours.
  4. Fill in the nature of business.
  5. Fill in Director(s) details, shareholder details, address, and upload the memorandum and articles of association.
  6. Fill in the local agent details- foreign companies must appoint a local agent who resides in Kenya. They act as a representative.
  7. Pay the required fees for registration- Kshs. 7550.

Once the Registrar is satisfied that the application has met all requirements, they will process and thereafter issue a Certificate of Compliance for successful applications.

Documents required

  • Scanned certified copy of the memorandum of the company.
  • Scanned certified copy of articles of association.
  • Scanned Passports and passport photos of Directors.
  • Agents documents:
    • Scanned Copy of ID and KRA Pin.
    • Scanned passport photo.
  • Practicing certificate, certificate of no objection (if required).
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