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How to open a branch office or a foreign business entity in California?
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Category : > Foreign Entity Qualification
Posted On : Wed Aug 10th,2016

How to open a branch office or a foreign business entity in California?

Why do I have to open a Branch office in California?

  • You will file a Certificate of Qualification with the California secretary of state to open a branch office of another state or country to transact business in the state of California.
  • To start an intrastate business in the state of California, the business must be first qualified or registered with the California Secretary of State.

How to file a Certificate of Qualification California?

  • Ensure the name availability of the entity you are going to register
  • You have to obtain a certificate of good standing or certificate of status of your existing entity to make sure that your Corporation or LLC is legally registered and in a good standing
  • You will file a certificate of qualification to the state along wih the appropriate fee.
  • For California Foreign Corporations:File a Statement and Designation by Foreign Corporation along with a valid certificate of good standing of the home state corporation.
  • For Foreign Limited Liability Company California : Complete a Form LLC–5 along with a Certificate of good standing of the foreign jurisdiction under which the foreign limited liability company is organized.
  • For Foreign Limited Partnership: Submit Form LP–5 along with the valid certificate of status of the home state.
  • To incorporate Foreign Limited Liability Partnership: File a Form LLP-1 along with a valid certificate of existence of your home state.

How long does the State of California takes to process foreing entity in the state of California?

It normally takes 5-7 working days to incorporate an out of state entity in California.

Statement of information of a foreign entity California

Every foreign corporation or LLC is required to file a statement of information to complete the process after approving the articles by the state of California.

Employer Identification Number Out of State Entity

The home state EIN will be used to file taxes or open bank account.

Yearly maintenance of California branch office

  • Yearly statement of information filing
  • Filing Franchise taxes end of the year

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