在越南投资 法律和商业环境 本地劳动咨询 Application package for foreign investment in Vietnam – IRC & ERC

Application package for foreign investment in Vietnam – IRC & ERC


    As mentioned in the previous article regarding 5 STEPS OF ENTERPRISE REGISTRATION FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN VIETNAM, foreign investors wanting to register their business in Vietnam must apply for an investment registration certificate (IRC) and enterprise registration certificate (ERC). This article focuses mainly on practical application package.

Application package for foreign investment in Vietnam – IRC & ERC

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As mentioned in the previous article regarding  STEPS OF ENTERPRISE REGISTRATION FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN VIETNAM, foreign investors wanting to register their business in Vietnam must apply for an investment registration certificate (IRC) and enterprise registration certificate (ERC). This article focuses mainly on practical application package.

I. INVESTMENT REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE (IRC)

According to the Vietnam Law on Investment 2020, an IRC is a paper or electronic file/e-copy recording the investor’s registered information about investment project.
The normal IRC application for foreign investment in Vietnam mainly requires following information and documents:

  • Information of the investor
  • Information of the expected to-be-set-up company (such as name, company form, charter capital, contribution capital ratio)
  • Information of the expected to-be-set-up project (such as name, location, objectives, scale, capital and capital mobilization plan, operation term, implementation schedule);
  • Documents regarding legal status of the investor;
  • Document(s) proving the financial capability of the investor including at least one of the following documents: financial statements for the last two years of the investor; undertaking of the parent company to provide financial support; undertaking of a financial institution to provide financial support; guarantee for the financial capability of the investor; [or] other document proving financial capability of the investor;
  • Proposal for the investment project comprising the following main items: investor or method of investor selection, investment objectives, investment scale, investment capital and plan for raising capital, location, duration, investment schedule, information about the current status of land use at the location for implementation of the project and proposal for a need for land use (if any), need for labor, proposal for investment incentives, impact and socio-economic efficiency of the project, and preliminary assessment of environmental impact (if any) in accordance with the law on environmental protection;
    If the law on construction requires formulation of a pre-feasibility study report, the investor may submit the pre-feasibility study report instead of a proposal for the investment project;
  • Document identifying the right to use the location for implementation of the investment project;
  • BCC contract in the case of investment projects on the basis of a BCC contract;
  • Other documents relating to the investment project, and requirements on the eligibility and capability of the investor in accordance with law (if any).

Timeline: 15 working days upon the successful submission of a normal application dossier (not falling in case of applying for investment policy approval, which is usually not our tenants’ case). Please note that currently it is required to first register online at https://fdi.gov.vn/pages/trangchu.aspx.

BW provides free licensing support — including IRC registration — for a smooth set-up of your business. Current regulations advise that foreign investment projects within industrial park (IPs) apply for an IRC through their respective IP management authority and an ERC through the local Department of Planning and Investment (DPI). In many cases, BW supports our future tenants with translating and notarizing documents before submitting them to authorities.

 

II. ENTERPRISE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE (ERC)

According to the amended Vietnam Enterprise Law 2020, an ERC is a paper or electronic file that contains information about the enterprise registration and is issued by the business registration office.

The ERC application represents following information:

+ Name of the enterprise and its identification number (tax code)

+ Address of the enterprise’s headquarters

+ Full name, contract address, nationality and serial number of the personal legal document in respect of the legal representative of a limited liability company or shareholding company; and in respect of an unlimited liability partner of a partnership, and in respect of the owner of a private enterprise. Full names, contact addresses, nationalities, serial number of the personal legal documents in respect of members being individuals; names, enterprise code numbers and head office addresses of members being organizations in the case of a limited liability company

Charter capital in the case of a company, and invested capital in the case of a private enterprise.

Under the prevailing laws, the application for ERC can be carried out directly at the business registration office, via postal services, or via the electronic communication network [online]. Presently, most of the ERC applications are made via online. Content/ element of an ERC application dossier will be subject to company forms that you want to establish. Typically, for a limited liability company (LLC) and a joint stock company (JSC), the ERC application is below:

A- Application for registration of a multi-member LLC and JSC

  1. An application form for business registration.
  2. The company’s charter.
  3. A list of members of the multi-member LLC; lists of founding shareholders and shareholders that are foreign investors of JSC.
  4. Copies of:
    a) Legal documents of the enterprise’s legal representative.
    b) Legal documents of members or founding shareholders and foreign shareholders that are individuals; legal documents of members or founding shareholders and foreign shareholders that are organizations; legal documents of authorized representatives of members or founding shareholders and foreign shareholders that are organizations and their letters of appointment of authorized representatives
    If a member or shareholder is a foreign organization, copies of legal documents of that organization must be legalized
    c) IRC if the enterprise is founded or co-founded by foreign investors or foreign-invested business entities in accordance with the Law on Investment.

B- Application for registration of a single-member LLC

  1. An application form for business registration.
  2. The company’s charter.
  3. Copies of:
    a) Legal documents of the enterprise’s legal representative;
    b) Legal documents of the company’s owner that is an individual; Legal documents of the company’s owner that is an organization (except for the State); Legal documents of the authorized representative and letter of appointment of authorized representative;
    If the company’s owner is a foreign organization, copies of legal documents of that organization must be legalized;
    c) Investment registration certificate if the enterprise is founded by a foreign investor or foreign-invested business entity in accordance with the Law on Investment.

Timeline: Within three working days from the submission date if the application is valid.

Issuing agency: The business registration office of provincial Department of Planning and Investment

III. COMPANY SEAL

Regarding the seal, the prevailing law does not require to announce the seal sample or its information therein anymore. The seal now is decided by the enterprise and must be made at seal engraving establishments or seals in the form of digital signatures in accordance with the law on e-transactions.

To find out more about registration procedures for foreign manufacturers in Vietnam and to receive free assistance from us for Vietnam investment projects, please contact our hotline
(+84) 28 710 29 000 or send an email to leasing@bwidjsc.com.

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