The Republic of Vanuatu is an island state in the Melanesian region, located in the Pacific Ocean, with an offshore financial center in the city of Port Vila, which is the capital of the Republic.

Due to the attractive licensing conditions in this jurisdiction, Vanuatu is becoming a popular choice for forex brokers. The Financial Dealers Licensing Act [CAP 70] provides an opportunity to regulate and control forex trading in the country. With a forex license in Vanuatu, also known as an FSP license, brokers can trade securities as well as manage investment portfolios for their clients.

A forex license is a requirement for all forex brokers wishing to provide their services to clients in Vanuatu. This license is designed to protect the interests of clients from unscrupulous brokers and ensures that brokers meet certain standards of financial soundness.

Obtaining an FSP license has the following benefits:

  • ensuring that clients are protected from fraud and unscrupulous activities of brokers;
  • assurance of the financial reliability and proper operation of the brokerage firm;
  • a commitment to high standards of behavior, including honesty, transparency, and protection of client’s interests.

In other words, an FSP license demonstrates your reliability to your clients and ensures the protection of your funds.

Advantages of Vanuatu Forex License

Offshore solutions for companies, licensing, and banking are becoming increasingly popular with business owners. Fast Offshore Licenses recommends offshore licensing in Vanuatu for the following reasons:

  • greater freedom to buy, sell, trade, and hold assets and securities on behalf of clients with minimal restrictions;
  • a flexible and favorable working environment that promotes more comfortable operations;
  • a favorable tax system that promotes lower tax liabilities and a zero tax rate on all income and profits earned outside the country;
  • reduced bureaucracy compared to other jurisdictions;
  • simple applicant and capital requirements, making it easier to obtain a license;
  • the ability to concentrate ownership in the hands of a single individual;
  • high demand from brokers;
  • quick registration procedure and low annual maintenance costs;
  • the possibility of opening bank accounts after obtaining a license.

All of this makes Vanuatu an attractive choice for those looking for offshore solutions for their business.

Service packages for registration for Forex license in Vanuatu

Full
Most Popular
Comprehensive FX Broker setup including essential infrastructure, linkage with KYC providers, compliance with local requirements, and accounting services
29 200 $
Set-up fee
  • Complete offerings as per the Extended Package
  • Provision of quarterly reports
  • Access to a KYC/KYT platform
Extended
FX Broker registration process, inclusive of preparing all required legal documents and assistance with corporate account setup
25 700 $
Set-up fee
  • All-inclusive services from the Basic Package
  • Support in opening a bank account
  • Development of a tailored AML/KYC Policy
  • Assistance with finding a local office and negotiating with landlords
  • Recruitment and appointment of a Compliance Officer and an Alternate Compliance Officer
  • Sourcing and hiring of a Resident Manager
Basic
FX Broker registration fulfilling basic legal prerequisites
14 900 $
Set-up fee
  • Individualized support from a dedicated consultant
  • End-to-end company registration assistance
  • Provision of essential corporate documentation
  • Establishment of a basic AML/KYC Policy
  • Submission of a FOREX Broker license application
  • Inclusion of the state fee for the license application and services for the first year

Vanuatu Forex License Requirements

There are certain requirements for obtaining a Vanuatu broker license, including but not limited to the following:

  • the company’s office must be registered in Vanuatu;
  • the origin of the funds for the start-up capital must be documented;
  • all necessary documentation must be kept within Vanuatu and made available upon request;
  • the application must contain a clear risk management policy;
  • a deposit of 5 million VUV (approximately US$50,000) must be paid into the VFSC account;
  • a business plan and financial forecast for the next three years must be provided with the application;
  • the physical presence of the broker in Vanuatu is not required for license approval;
  • the brokerage firm must appoint an AML/CFT compliance officer who will submit regular reports to the authorities.

Standard due diligence, including identity verification and address verification, will also be conducted.

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Process and timeline for obtaining a securities dealer license in Vanuatu

  • Stage 1
  • 7-10 working days

COLLECTION OF PRELIMINARY DOCUMENTS

Documents required:

  • Preferred company name
  • Passport copies of all shareholders and directors
  • Address of residence confirmation (utility bill) from all directors and shareholders
  • A business model of the company (brief description 1-2 pages)
  • Company structure chart
  • Stage 2
  • 4-6 weeks

COMPANY AND TEAM SETUP

  • Company registration
  • Preparation of corporate documents
  • Search and employment of local employees
  • Stage 3
  • 3-6 months

LICENSING PROCESS

  • Preparation of license application documents
  • AML/KYC Policy drafting
  • Submission of license application to the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC)
  • Communication with the VFSC Representative until the license is granted
  • Stage 4
  • 4-6 weeks

CORPORATE ACCOUNT OPENING

*Done simultaneously with Stage 3*

  • Analysis of the most suitable Banks/EMIs, comparison of the risk appetite of the Bank in relation to the risk appetite of the Client based on previously prepared AML policies
  • Collection of necessary documents from the Client side to initiate the process (flow of funds, source of wealth, description of the purpose of opening an account, key partners, company website, utility bill, etc.)
  • Guiding the Client’s company through the entire process of opening an account

Requirements to obtain Financial Dealer License in Vanuatu

  • business plan;
  • details of the organization;
  • certified independent risk assessment report (self-assessment with the application and independent assessment following licensing);
  • details on whether a beneficial owner of the applicant is a beneficial owner, owner or controller of an entity licensed or registered under a regulatory law of Vanuatu or a foreign jurisdiction;
  • details of the source of funds* to pay the capital;
  • prospectus;
  • Insurance including professional indemnity showing cover of the appointed representative and other officers of the applicant

Company structure:

  • The manager / director has to be a natural person and have at least 5 years’ experience dealing in securities;
  • Managers or Directors have to reside for 6 months within each year in Vanuatu
  • A Licensee has to have physical premises located in Vanuatu which maintains the following systems:
    • filing system;
    • management and accounting system;
    • business continuity system;
    • software system and server.
  • Compliance Officer (can be foreign)
  • Alternate Compliance Officer (can be foreign)

Process of obtaining a Forex license in Vanuatu

The process of obtaining a Forex license in Vanuatu involves several steps and requirements:

  • Company formation. First, a company must be registered in Vanuatu to apply for a Forex license. The company must have a physical office in Vanuatu.
  • Document preparation.

You need to prepare a comprehensive set of documents, which includes:

  • an application for a license;
  • certified copies of documents proving the identity of the owners;
  • a certificate that confirms the absence of a criminal record of the owners;
  • a copy of an up-to-date resume that confirms experience and qualifications relevant to working with a forex brokerage company or similar;
  • original or certified copy of the bank’s letter of recommendation;
  • proof of physical address in the country (utility bill);
  • business plan;
  • risk management policy and financial projections for the next three years;
  • information on who the target audience and market will be.

All documents must be no older than 3 months. Additional documents may be requested depending on the circumstances.

  • Application Submission. When all required documents are ready, you may submit your application to VFSC for review and processing.
  • Application Verification. The VFSC will review the company’s directors and shareholders to ensure they meet the reliability and professionalism requirements.
  • Responsible person for compliance. You must designate an employee responsible for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) obligations.
  • Review and Approval. The VFSC will carefully review your application and supporting documents. If all requirements are met and the application is deemed satisfactory, a Forex license will be issued.
  • Payment of License Fees. Pay the applicable license fees, the amount of which may vary depending on the services your company intends to provide.
  • License Issuance. Upon license approval and payment of fees, the VFSC will issue a Forex license to your company.Compliance. Once licensed, your company must comply with the rules set by the VFSC, including regular reporting and adherence to AML/CFT obligations.

The process of obtaining a license takes an average of 3 to 7 months.

It is important to note that specific requirements and procedures are subject to change, so it is recommended that you consult with a Fast Offshore Licenses professional advisor or the Vanuatu Finance Service for the most up-to-date information before beginning the application process.

Forex License Overview in Vanuatu

Processing time 6 months
Application fee 500 USD
Minimum capital requirement 50 000 USD
Corporate income tax 0%
Resident employee Director
Accounting audit Required
Office requirement Required

Regulation of Forex in Vanuatu

The Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC) is the regulatory body responsible for issuing forex licenses and monitoring financial services activities. It is created to establish a regulatory framework for all financial service providers, including forex, and is charged with making regulations and conducting investigations.

The VFSC has the following powers:

  • accepts and reviews license applications;
  • issues licenses after verifying applications;
  • supervise licensees to prevent fraud;
  • has the authority to impose fines on violators.

If grounds are found, the VFSC has the right to revoke a previously issued license.

The VFSC also regulates and supervises anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). In 2014, the VFSC issued the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act (AML/CFT Act), which sets out specific requirements that businesses and individuals must comply with.

The Financial Services Commission is not the only body dealing with Vanuatu’s financial services. The Financial Center Association (FCA) is also active in this area. What sets the FCA apart is that it is a non-profit organization and does not engage in regulation. Instead, its main areas of activity include insurance, banking, real estate, online auctions, brokerage and finance, accounting, business consulting, and other areas. The FCA’s main goal is to attract investment and attract foreign companies to operate in the Forex market by ensuring that the regulatory system is attractive.

FAQ about Forex License in Vanuatu

How to obtain a Forex license in Vanuatu?

If you want to obtain a Forex license in Vanuatu, you will need to register a company, rent an office, and prepare policies, technical documentation, and other necessary documents. After opening an account and depositing the authorized capital, you must apply to the regulator.

How much does it cost to get a forex license in Vanuatu?

The cost of the whole process will depend on many factors including the type of forex broker you intend to manage, the number of directors and beneficial owners, the type of company you will set up, and other issues such as banking and payment systems. To get an idea of the cost, it is recommended that you contact us. Fast Offshore Licenses will listen to your plans and advise you on the best options and their cost.

What do you need for a Vanuatu forex license?

To obtain a forex license in Vanuatu, several requirements must be met and a formal application process must be completed. The main conditions include establishing a company in Vanuatu with a physical office, meeting minimum capital requirements ($50,000), preparing a comprehensive set of documents, verifying directors and shareholders, appointing an AML/CFT compliance officer, and paying the license application fee of $2,000. Once licensed, regulatory requirements, including reporting and compliance with AML/CFT obligations, must be met. Before beginning the process, it is recommended that you contact a Fast Offshore Licenses professional advisor for up-to-date information.

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