Company registration for non-UK residents is the same as for residents living in the UK. There are no restrictions on foreign nationals being a UK company director, shareholder, or a secretary. You even do not have to live in the UK.
However, the company will need to be registered with Companies House in England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland (depending on the location of the company).
Requirements for registering a UK Limited company:
1. Company Name: You need to make sure that your desired company name is available and different from an existing name, it also shouldn’t contain any sensitive words.
2. Director: Only one director is required for the company formation. There is no limit to the number of directors you can appoint. You cannot be the company director if you are under the age of 16, un-discharged bankrupt or disqualified from acting as a company director.
3. Shareholder: Only one shareholder is required. There is no limit to the number of shareholders you can appoint. Can be an individual or a corporate body, can also be the director. During the company registration, you will need to apportion a certain number of shares to each shareholder.
4. Registered address: This address must be in the UK and will appear on the public register. All statutory mails from Companies House and HMRC will be sent to the registered office address. Our Virtual Office services include using our address as your registered office address.
5. Directors service address: Each director, secretary and PSC must provide a service address for Companies House. This address can be located anywhere in the world but it will be on public record. Ordering directors service address is a good opportunity to keep your own home address private from customers, suppliers and other third parties. Any legal documents addressed to the directors of the company will be sent at this address.
6. Filing and reporting: Companies are legally required to submit annual accounts and a Confirmation Statement (previously called an annual return) every year. If you require any help our UK accountants are at your service.
7. Corporation Tax: The company must be registered with HMRC when they begin trading.