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What can you License under the QFC?

'To operate from the QFC, you must conduct activities from our list of permitted activities. 

QFC offers 50+ permitted activities to operate’

If it is determined that your proposed activities fall within the regulated activities, which are defined in the QFC Financial Services Regulations (FSR), in which case, an authorisation must be obtained from the QFC Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) before proceeding with the rest of the application for the certificate of incorporation or registration.

 

A member of our Financial Sector Office (FSO) will guide you through the authorisation process and will intermediate with the QFC Regulatory Authority (QFCRA). Our FSO team can be contacted at +974 4496 7651 or email fso@qfc.qa

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Your Set up Journey

1- Expression of Interest in the QFC

Your expression of interest in setting up an entity under the QFC can be initiated by completing the ‘Start Your Setup’ form or by contacting our business development team at +974 4496 7836 or email businessdevelopment@qfc.qa.  

 


A member of our business development team will get in contact. Based on your plans and business operations, our business development team will confirm to you if your operations will be aligned to QFC Permitted Activities and it is considered your entity will add strategic value to Qatar and the QFC.

2- Complete Single Online Application

If your proposed business operations are aligned to the non-regulated activities permitted under the QFC, a link will be shared with you to direct you to our secure QFC portal where you can complete an online Application for Registration and License with QFC.

Once submitted your application and all supporting documents provided will be reviewed and assessed. Your dedicated Business Development Representative will clarify any points that require follow up. Once you satisfy all our requirements, your application will be approved.

3- Certificate and Scope of License Issued

Once your application is approved you will receive your Licensing and Registration Certificates, your QFC entity’s Scope of License, and Licensing Letter.
A dedicated Business Development Representative will be assigned to you as your single point of contact to ensure
you receive the required support throughout your set up journey with us.

Once your entity is registered, you will be assigned a dedicated Relationship Manager who will support you to ensure your on-boarding is smooth. You can be assured of ongoing support from our Client Affairs Team and our Growth Team to help you throughout your business journey in Qatar.

Congratulations, you are now ready to start operating. 

Once your entity is registered, you will be assigned a dedicated Relationship Manager who will support you to ensure your on-boarding is smooth. You can be assured of ongoing support from our Client Affairs Team and our Growth Team to help you throughout your business journey in Qatar.

A dedicated Business Development Representative will be assigned to you as your single point of contact to ensure
you receive the required support throughout your set up journey with us.

 


 

If it is determined that your proposed activities fall within the regulated activities, which are defined in the QFC Financial Services Regulations (FSR), in which case, an authorisation must be obtained from the QFC Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) before proceeding with the rest of the application for the certificate of incorporation or registration.

 

A member of our Financial Sector Office (FSO) will guide you through the authorisation process and will intermediate with the QFC Regulatory Authority (QFCRA). Our FSO team can be contacted at +974 4496 7651 or email fso@qfc.qa

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Our tailored QFC Membership Program

Select Level

Our Select Level contains a range of benefits suitable for companies that opt for simple and basic assistance to become established on a small scale.




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Advanced Level

Our Advanced Level contains a range of comprehensive benefits including discounts, opportunities and VIP partner services that will help kick-start your company and your employees in Qatar.



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Premium Level

Our Premium Level contains a range of comprehensive benefits including discounts, opportunities, and VIP partner services; in addition, the QFC will actively promote your company through a variety of media channels to give you a competitive edge
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Some of the offerings to look forward to

Access to special
banking services

Special relocation
service rate

Work space solutions
at special rates

Sponsorship opportunities

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Compliance Checklist

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First Month

Ensure that you have access to the QFC E-services Portal

Apply for your computer card.
This will help you with immigration & setting up a bank account.

Setup your bank account
Preferred partner: Commercial Bank 

Start the immigration process. 
  Discover more about immigration >

Ensure that your office is in a designated QFC building.

More about designated QFC Building >

All Employees - Please ensure a staff privacy notice is displayed in line with the Data Protection Regulations.

 

More about Data Protection Regulations >

Complete the Conduct if Business Policies and Procedure checklist. 

Complete your online tax registration.
Your tax card will be issued within 10 days. 
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Within 3 Months

Your Senior Executive Function (SEF) Full residency should be completed within 3 month.
Provide a copy to Monitoring & Enforcement team.

Notify us once you receive the Resident Permit. 

Professional Indemnity Insurance cover needs to be finalized within 3 months.
Provide a copy to Monitoring & Enforcement team. 

Registration office agreement,
Need to Provide a copy to Monitoring & Enforcement team. 
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Within 12 Months

Complete the annual compliance checklist.
Due every 31st of January. 


File your annual return.Not applicable to branches, SPC's and holding companies, which are passive or wholly owned by the state of Qatar.   

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Submit your UBO annual report upon anniversary of registration.

Submit your annual financial statement.
not applicable to branches, SPC's and holding companies, which are passive or wholly owned by the state of Qatar. 

 

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File your annual tax return and pay any tax due. Tax filing and payment are due 6 months after the end of the accounting period. 
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Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A form of legal entity known as a limited liability company. Refer to Article 14 of Part 3 of the Companies Regulations.



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Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

A form of legal entity known as a Limited Liability Partnership.1 Refer to Article 6 of Part 2 of the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations.


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LLC Branch / LLP Branch

A branch of a Non-QFC Company registered in the QFC under these Regulations. Refer to Article 157 of Part 14 of the Companies Regulations.


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LLC (Guarantee) - LLC(G)

A branch of a Non-QFC Company registered in the QFC under these Regulations or any other Regulations. Refer to Article 92A of Part 3A of the Companies Regulations.

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Application and Annual Fees

Application Fee


US$5000


Annual Non-Regulated LLC, Branch Fee

US$5000 pro-rated

Annual Non-Regulated SPC, Holding Co. Fee

US$500

Application and Annual Fee for LLC(G

US$500

Application Fee for Foundation

US$5000

Annual Fee for Foundation


US$2500
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Additional Information

In accordance with QFC Law No. 7 of 2005, all Persons carrying on Permitted Activities in or from the QFC require a Licence.

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Discover more about our non-regulated permitted activities.

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Interested parties are advised to consult the QFCA Rules, which lists the criteria used in assessing an application.

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Every QFC entity must have a registered office/principal place of business and this address must be in a QFC designated location at all times.

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Discover more about QFC's brochures, forms and guides

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Discover more about starting your setup with QFC

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