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Who is a Restricted Trust Licence holder?

A Restricted Trust Licence holder is an entity which holds a valid restricted trust licence as prescribed by the Banks and Trust Companies Act, 1990 and allows the holder to carry on trust business with restrictions specifically providing trustee services to a limited number of trusts.

How may I retain a list of the Authorised or Registered Agents of the BVI?

A list of the Authorised Registered Agents of the BVI may be accessed via this website.

What can I do if I have a complaint against a bank in the BVI?

Should you have a complaint against a BVI bank, you are invited to write to the bank explaining your concerns and ask that your request be reviewed by a senior officer or manager of the bank (one who is not directly involved in the complaint). The BVI Financial Services Commission is responsible for the supervision of banks in the British Virgin Islands and does not have the authority to act as arbitrator between parties to a dispute. Albeit, if you feel that the bank has not addressed your concerns the Commission will act mainly as an intermediary, between the complainant and the bank (delete - in question), and seek to establish a factual account of the situation. The Commission will work towards determining whether any violation of laws, regulations and/or policy guidelines has occurred. Complaints are to be made in writing by letter, fax or email to the BVI Financial Services Commission (Commissioner@bvifsc.vg).

What are the technical requirements for using VIRRGIN? Do I need to install or download anything to my internal systems?

VIRRGIN is internet based and is accessible through the use of a standard office computer. The specific techincal requirements are:

  • Pentium III processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 10 GB Hard Disk
  • Windows XP
  • Internet connection
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 and above (with Multiple Language Support)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0
  • Scanner (to scan the documents)
  • Software to convert documents into PDF

Can I use a cheque to make payment for transactions completed on-line?

Payment must be available to the FSC at the time of the transaction. This is facilitated through the deposit account and credit card. The FSC recommends that Agents use the deposit account feature to maintain an available balance for completing transactions using VIRRGIN. All cheques delivered to the Registry's Finance Department will be treated as cash and immediately available for use through VIRRGIN.

How can I apply for a Certificate of Re-registration for a company that is automatically re-registered?

Apply using Form R805

How can a company file a transaction to dissaply Part VI of Schedule 2 of the transitional provisions?

Filing should be done using Form R208 which is available under the Post Incorporations (BC); Amendment to Memorandum and/or Articles. Please be guided by Paragraph 40, Schedule 2, Part VI, Transitional Provisions, BVI Business Companies Act.

Where an existing private or professional fund has not issued an offering document, should the fund provide to each investor a copy of the investment warning in accordance with Regulation 9(3)?

An existing private or professional fund that has not issued an offering document is required to provide investors and potential investors with an investment warning in all cases where an offer or invitation to purchase or subscribe for shares is made. In relation to existing investors an investment warning is required only where the fund continues to offer them its shares for purchase or subscription. The investment warning should be provided to each investor as a separate document.

What are the capital requirements for a captive by type of business?

Type of business Capital Requirements

General insurers - $100,000

Long-term insurers - $200,000

What is a Registered Agent?

A registered agent as defined by the International Business Companies Act ("IBCA") means "the person who is at any particular time performing the functions of registered agent of a company incorporated under this Act pursuant to subsection (1) of section 39" (of the IBCA).

How do I become a Registered Agent in the BVI?

To become a Registered Agent in the British Virgin Islands, a Company Management Licence or a General Trust Licence must be obtained under the laws of the British Virgin Islands.

How may I obtain a copy of the Banks and Trust Companies Act, 1990?

The Banks and Trust Companies Act, 1990 is a fairly large document with several amendments. Many service providers unofficial consolidated copies available for their clients. In so far that a specific issue may be in question, the FSC can arrange to mail or fax you a copy of relevant sections.

Why does VIRRGIN tell me "the name I would like to reserve is not a desirable name for an entity" ?

The Name Reservation screen does not require you to attach the ending to the proposed company name (example LTD or Limited) as the ending is not used to determine likeness to other names on the Register or desirability. Please try your name reservation again excluding the company suffix which you can select at the time of incorporation.

Is there anyway for the Authorised Signatory of one agent to authorise payments in respect of a transaction or inquiry involving a company belonging to another agent?

No, Authorised Signatories are limited to companies and transactions for the specific Registered Agent assigned during the application process.

Can an automatically re-registered company file an amendment and keep the same Memorandum & Articles that it had an IBC?

Yes it can. The transitional provisions allow for this.

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