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What is a foreign branch in Saudi Arabia?

The foreign branch is an extension of the parent company, and it must comply with the laws, regulations, and requirements of Saudi Arabia while operating within the country. Unlike a subsidiary or joint venture, a foreign branch is not a distinct company incorporated under Saudi Arabian laws.

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The procedure for setting up a foreign branch in Saudi Arabia

  • Securing the MISA License: Obtain the necessary license relevant to your industry to ensure the legal operation of your business.
  • Completing Commercial Registration: Formally register your business for lawful commercial activities.
  • Chamber of Commerce Listing: Registering with the Chamber of Commerce is mandatory.
  • Ministry of Labor Filing: Businesses in Saudi Arabia must register with the Ministry of Labor to ensure compliance with employment laws.
  • Issuing the General Manager’s Visa: The General Manager requires swift approval for a residence permit and visa, with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) managing essential labor documentation.
  • National Address Filing for Your Company: Establish an authorized business address for inclusion in government records.
  • Qiwa Portal Listing – Human Resources & Social Development: The Qiwa platform enhances the Ministry of Human Resources & Social Development services, optimizing electronic solutions for the labor sector.
  • Zakat, VAT & Corporate Tax Enrollment: Businesses in Saudi Arabia must register for tax compliance with Zakat, VAT & Corporate Tax.

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  • Muqeem Portal Listing: Muqeem streamlines residency data management, ensuring real-time coordination with Saudi authorities for efficient entry and exit processes.
  • Absher Portal Filing: Access 279+ services for Saudi residents, from appointments to passport renewals, ID cards, driver’s licenses, and more—all in one convenient application.
  • General Organization for Social Insurance Enrollment: Enroll with the General Organization for Social Insurance to ensure worker welfare.
  • Establishing Your Business Bank Account: Establish an exclusive bank account for business-related financial transactions.

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