Article answers some of  FAQs on Indian Subsidiary and Company Registration in India for a non-resident or a foreigner wanting to get started with company registration in India?  Here we have made a compilation of the Most Frequently Asked questions.

Q1) We are a company operating outside India. Can we start a business in India and retain 100% of ownership?

Ans. We call it an Indian Subsidiary company of Foreign Parent Company of yours. Indian Laws allow you to retain 100% ownership by subscribing shares of Indian company.

Q2) Do we need a resident Indian to be a director in an Indian company?

Ans. Every company to be registered in India must have at least one Indian resident individual as a director.

Q3) We do not wish to allot any shares to Indian resident Director. Is that allowed?

Aes. It is not necessary that a director should also be a shareholder in Indian Company. As we said earlier, you as a foreigner or foreign company can retain 100% ownership of Indian Company.

Q4) What is an apostille?


  • An Apostille is simply the name for a specialized certificate, issued by the Secretary of State. The Apostille is attached to your original document to verify it is legitimate and authentic so it will be accepted in one of the other countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention. India, since 2005, is a member of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 that abolished the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents.
  • Moreover, An apostille certificate can be used to authenticate public documents like passport copy, drivers license copy, business documents, judgements, extract of a register or a notarial attestation.
  • Any document Apostilled in one member country is acceptable in all the other 104 member-countries, signatory to the referred convention of 1961 thus greatly simplifying the process of attestation by making it needless to get the documents attested in each or for each of the countries separately.
  • Our team will be happy to explain you more in detail.

Q5) What are the documents required for starting a business in India and registering a Company?

Ans. Here’s a list of required documents for Indian Subsidiary:

  • Photograph of all the Directors and shareholders.
  • PAN Card of all the Indian Directors and shareholders.
  • Apostille ID Proof of all the Directors (Driving License/Passport/Voter ID).
  • Electricity Bill or any other utility bill for the address proof of the Registered Office.

Q6) How do we register our business name in India? 

Ans. The name of a Private Limited company shall end with the words ‘Private Limited’. Proposed Company Name shall comply with the Company Name Availability Guidelines under Companies Act 2013.

There are THREE ways for reserving a name for a New Company.

  • RUN Name Reservation

RUN (Reserve Unique Name) is an easy and web-based application for reservation of a Company Name. The name approved under RUN Process is valid for a period of 20 days from the date of approval.

  • Name Reservation along with incorporation

The Company name can be reserved through SPICe (Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically) incorporation process.

  • Use of Foreign Company Name / Trademark

If the proposed company is going to use the name/trademark of the Foreign body corporate, required No-Objection letters by way of board resolutions/formal authorisation has to be submitted to the Registrar along with other documents.

We will help you to secure name in India for your Indian Company. What’s more, you can retain your Parent Company’s name as Indian Subsidiary’s. After all, you have done all the hard work generating great reputation around it. Isn’t it?

Q7) Can a non-resident be a director of an Indian Company?

Ans. Yes. An Indian company must have at least two directors (one of them must be Indian Resident director). You can have more than 1 person as Foreign Director on Indian Company’s board.

Q8) What are the documents required for a foreign director for incorporation of the company in India?

Ans. Following are the documents required for a foreing director for incorporation of the company in India.

  • Identity Proof- Copy of passport
  • Additional Identity Proof- Driving Licence/National ID Card
  • Address Proof- Telephone bill/ Electricity bill/Bank statement/Any utility bill, these bills should not be older than two months.

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