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Foreign-owned Domestic Corporation

What is Foreign-owned Domestic Corporation?

This is similar to Private Limited or LLC in other parts of the world. It is basically the most common form of company structure where the company liabilities is limited to the Paid Up Capital amount. Shareholders liabilities are also limited to the number of shares they own in the Company.

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Foreign-owned Domestic Corporation is most suitable for foreign business owners who want to expand their business into the Philippines and to tap on to its huge and growing market.

Common Industries allowed to be operated by Foreign-owned Domestic Corporation

  • IT-BPO, KPO or Outsourcing Company
  • Back Office Company
  • Offshore or Offshoring Company
  • Shared Services Company
  • Call Center Company
  • IT, Software, or Web Development Company
  • Animation Development or Design Company
  • Internet / E-commerce Company
  • Medical Transcription Company
  • Legal Transcription Company
  • Import, Export, or Trading Company
  • Local Manpower Recruitment Company
  • Mining Company
  • Power or Energy Company
  • Shelf Corporation
  • Non-Profit, Non-Stock Company
  • Manufacturing Company
  • Global In-house Centers


Certain industries are not permitted to be operated by Foreign-owned Domestic Corporation. Please refer to Negative List to find out more.
See Negative List

What is included in our all-inclusive service fee to assist businesses to set up Foreign-owned Domestic Corporation

  • Consultation with the Legal Team
  • Company Name Reservation
  • Drafting of the Articles of Incorporation
  • Drafting of the By-Laws
  • Drafting of Affidavit of Undertaking
  • Notarization
  • Filling and registering with the Securities and Exchange Commissions (SEC)
  • Registration of your Company with the BIR of the corresponding city
    This includes printing of your Official Receipts
  • Registration of your Company with the Local Government Units of the corresponding city

    Includes registration with:

    1. Barangay's Permit
    2. Mayor's Permit
    3. Sanitary Permit
    4. Fire and Safety Permit
  • Free 45 mins Accounting Consultation on compliance upon turnover of the registration documents

Key Facts to know before choosing to set up a Foreign-owned Domestic Corporation


You must remit at least USD200,000 during the initial stage of incorporation process. Proof of remittance is required by SEC before approval.

Corporate Officers

Foreigners can own up to 100% of the company shares but you need to elect 3 Corporate Officers whereby the President can be a foreigner or a Filipino, the Corporate Treasurer must be a Resident of the Philippines and the Corporate Secretary must be a Filipino citizen.

Negative List

Foreign-owned Domestic Corporation can generate revenue by selling good and services to domestic market as long as they are not listed in the Negative List.

Tax Rates

Foreign-owned Domestic Corporation is obliged to pay a Corporate Tax rate of 25% (reduced from 30%) for Philippine source income. Dividends that needs to be sent back to a foreign company will be tax at 15%/25%.


At vOffice, we are business owners too and one thing that we hated when we started our business in the Philippines in 2012 is to discover there are so many hidden fees and surprises on top of any published price and we are determined to provide our clients a clear, straight-forward, all inclusive service and price.

Only PHP150,000

Total fee to setup a Foreign-owned Domestic Corporation

Inclusive of gov't fee, legal fee, professional fee, notary fee, transport, Original Receipt Printing Fee and other incidental fee.


Nominee Agent

If you require a Nominee Agent to be your local Corporate Secretary or Corporate Treasurer, please speak with us.

+632 3224 2000
+63 915 573 1713
Other Addons you may need or want to consider

All Foreign-owned Domestic Corporation must be registered to a formal business address that complies with SEC and LGUs requirements and if you do not have your own office yet, the best way forward is to use a Virtual Office.

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