Business License for Other Foreign Investors

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) promotes, supports and facilitates individuals and private organizations interested in investing in Afghanistan. The following are the current terms and conditions for obtaining an investment license.

Obtaining an investment license is the same for all non-Afghans. This type of license is issued only to foreign investors interested in operating within Afghanistan. The procedures are different with regard to registration of the company as a separate entity or a branch of a foreign company. The  procedures for Trade, NGO and trade union licenses are also mentioned below.

  1. LICENSE FOR FOREIGN INDIVIDUALS: This is for foreign investors establishing a new company in Afghanistan. The company’s president, vice president and shareholders have their own shares and get dividends as per their shares’ rate. Such licenses hold (I) character before the license number. e.g. (I-xxxxx). The following documents are required:
    1. Copy of passport with valid visa of president, vice president and shareholders;
    2. Original ID card of contact person (must be Afghan);
    3. Original ID Card of president, vice president or shareholders (if any of them are Afghan);
    4. Presence of both president and vice president with shareholders;
    5. Legal power of attorney (if president and vice president or shareholder cannot be present). In this case, the document should be certified through proper channels, including the investor’s home country’s government, the Afghan Embassy in the investor’s country or attestation of investor’s home country’s embassy in Afghanistan and then the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
    6. 4 passport-sized photos of president and vice president (total 8 photos);
    7. Copy of official rental agreement / owner equity letter;
    8. Agreement letter from relevant Afghan Ministry (if it is sector based company);
    9. Experience letter of both president and vice president (if it is consultancy or legal services).
  2. OPENING A BRANCH: This type of license will be for investors establishing a branch of their company with 100% share in Afghanistan. President and vice president act as managers responsible for all legal activities in Afghanistan. Such licenses will hold (I) character before license number, e.g. (I-xxxxx) The following documents are required:
    1. Company Board of Resolution
    2. Legal Power of Attorney should be attested by the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.In this case, the document should be certified through proper channels, including the investor’s home country’s government, the Afghan Embassy in the investor’s country or attestation of investor’s home country’s embassy in Afghanistan and then the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
    3. Copy of passport with valid visa of president and vice president;
    4. Original ID Card of contact person (must be Afghan);
    5. Original ID Card of president or vice president (if any of them are Afghan);
    6. Presence of both president and vice president;
    7. 4 normal size photos of president and vice president (total 8 photos);
    8. Copy of official rental agreement / owner equity letter;
    9. Agreement letter from relevant Ministry (if it is sector based company);
    10. Experience letter of both president and vice president (if it is consultancy or legal services).

All licenses must be renewed on yearly basis, unless otherwise specified.

TRADE LICENSE:
In order to obtain a “Trade” Business License (for import/ export activities) follow all the above stated procedures and steps, with the following exception: Instead of getting the license from AISA, you will obtain the license from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Business Licensing Department.

NGO LICENSE:
In order to obtain an NGO license follow all the steps, with the following exception: Instead of getting the license from AISA, you will obtain the license from the Ministry of Economy.

UNION AND CIVIL SOCIETY LICENSE:
Follow the same steps, with the following exception: Instead of getting the license from AISA, you will obtain the license from the Ministry of Justice.

NOTE:

  1. For investors applying for new license of consultancy and legal services company: Both the president and vice president must have a Master’s Degree and  5 years’ experience in the relevant field, or Bachelor degree and  10 years’ experience in the relevant field.
  2.  For investors applying for new license of audit company: Both the President and Vice president must have ACCA or a CA Degree and  2 years’ experience in the relevant field.

If you want to get more information about the renewal, change in the ownership after the registration or change in capital structure, or sector licenses or company closing procedure please visit www.aisa.org.af .

For sectorial licensing procedures and contact information, please visit http://www.aisa.org.af/licensing.php