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What is foreign company subsidiary in India

India is a growing market with a huge population that with the right business strategy can bring in a good sum of profit to the companies. This being a major factor gathers a ton of international attentions in terms of investment and holdings opportunities.data-aos="fade-up" With the new rules that encourages direct foreigners investment and NRI’s investments into the Indian market has made it a blooming practise. This allows them to tap into the endless market and business culture Indian Sub continent brings to the table.

The basic rule is that any citizen other than one who belongs to certain listed countries can own a business in India. This is entirely different from the concept of Branch office, as here the total business is acquired by buying in the shares of the company.

The companies who are willing to start the subsidiary in India must do proper market research and also be aware of the liability and taxability status of the board. The company must at least contain one Indian member as the board director and it must be linked with a existing Indian Address for the company to be eligible in India.

At Unilex Consultants we provide you a hassle free registration process which would be dealt by our professionals within a time frame of 15-20 days and is subjective to governmental processing time. Our team takes care of the documentation and aids in provide you the realistic estimation of cost.

Advantage of Opening of foreign company subsidiary in India

Limited Liability

As the incorporation is represented as an Indian company the directors can enjoy the benefit of unpaid shares only for their specific shares and not for the mistake of others.


The company can exist as long as it is legally taken apart or the board decides to dissolve the company. The company's presence is not affected by the passing of the directors as such

Property Rights

The company can acquire and use properties under its name and this would be under the control of any of the shareholders and cannot be used for personal purpose.

Shares Transferability

The shares can be transferred easily between the shareholders and a single company can hold the 100% of the shares legally.


Foreign Direct investments can be made without any prior government approval this acts as a easy to invest medium.


The parent company gets to control all the activities of the company. As the members are also controlled in turn.

Documents required for foreign subsidiary in India

Passport size Photograph

Copy of PAN Card

Copy of Aadhar Card

Address Proof (Bank Statement/Mobile/Telephone Bill)

Copy of Electricity Bil

Sale Deed (if owned)

Copy of rent agreement
(if rented)


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Inclusive all taxes

Name Approval
Certificate of Incorporation
Share Certificate


54,999 /-
Inclusive all taxes

Name Approval
Certificate of Incorporation
Share Certificate
GST Registration
GST return filing for 1 year
Trademark Filing
GST Udyog Aadhaar Registration (MSME)


49,999 /-
Inclusive all taxes

Name Approval
Certificate of Incorporation
Share Certificate
GST Registration


  • The above price may vary due to stamp duty in various states
  • Trademark filing excludes government fees
  • GST return filing price may vary depending on number of invoices

Procedure for incorporating foreign subsidiary


Getting sorted with Director identification number and Digital signature

1-2 working days

Digital Signature Certificate(DSC) is required of the proposed Directors and Subscribers of the Company and it can be obtained within 1-2 working days.

Applying for the

3-4 working days

After obtaining the DSC and DIN of the proposed subscribers and Directors, our team will get in touch for a unique name and along with that collect all the requisite documents in scan for the incorporation of the company through the SPICE i.e INC 32

Filling for the incorporation

3-5 working days

After the name approval and review of all the documents required, we will submit incorporation Forms to MCA and once it gets approved Certificate shall be issued by the ministry and we will send the MOA & AOA, DIN via mail and DSC through courier

Requirements for opening foreign company subsidiary.

The subsidiary is purely based out of the equity basis.

A wholly owned company is different from a subsidiary company as it might or might not have the full 100% share status as such of a wholly owned company.

At Least 50% of the Indian Company’s shares must be held in order to have the subsidiary status.

The members of the board can also be controlled to gain the power.

At Least 2 directors must be presented provided one of the director must be an Residing Indian citizen.

All the subsidiary companies fall under the same Provisions of companies Act 2013 and are treated as an indian company.

Types of approval route for foreign subsidiary

  • Investment under automatic route :

    In terms of the automatic route for the investment to happen there are no prior steps to be taken by the foreign resident, they can just straight up invest in the company but, after the equity is done for it to be valid the filings has to be done within the 30 days of investment by following the procedure of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

  • Investment Under Government route :

    In most cases automatic rules can be applied but for certain cases the involvement of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) rules involvement is required. Here the rules has to followed and only after which the equity can be bought.

FAQ’s About Opening of foreign company subsidiary in India

  • Can the company be incorporated without any Indian director?

    No, it is not possible as by law there must be at least one Indian Director who should be residing in India and the proofs must be produced for the same.
  • What is a subsidiary in India ?

    Companies that don’t belong to the Indian criteria can take part in business in India via the subsidiary strategy where the stocks can be held but them to gain control over an Indian incorporated company.
  • What is a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)?

    A Digital Signature establishes the identity of the sender or signee electronically while filing documents through the Internet. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) mandates that the Directors sign some of the application documents using their Digital Signature. Hence, a Digital Signature is required for all Directors of a proposed Company.
  • Can a citizen of other countries hold shares in the Indian subsidiary ?

    Yes, it is possible and its the whole point of subsidiary systems and the FDI rules that would make it possible.
  • Why go with opening a foreign Company Subsidiary in India ?

    • Provides a blooming opportunity for foreign companies to do business and make profit.
    • Is seen as an Indian Incorporation in most cases, as they are incorporated under the Indian Provisions of companies act 2013.
    • The shares can be held by a single incorporation all alone which is considered as a fully/wholly owned Subsidiary in India.
    • Shares can be traded easily between the board members or the stakeholders.
    • No government approval is required for most cases.


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