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LICENSES and INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES


Orion Corporate & Trust Services Ltd. offers international financial services related to licensing for the following services:
 

  • FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRADING
  • STOCK TRADING
  • PAYMENT PROCESSING SERVICES
  • MONEY TRANSMISSION SERVICES
  • INTERNATIONAL ASSET PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT
  • INTERNATIONAL MONEY LENDING
  • BROKERAGE, CONSULTANCY OR ADVISORY SERVICES 

International Financial Licenses

The International Financial Services Commission(Licensing) Regulations 2007 provide for the Director-General of the Commission to approve licenses to enable any person or legal entity to provide, carry on, transact, or hold himself or itself out as providing, carrying on, or transacting any of the above services in or from within Belize.

Fees

The following fees and minimum paid up and unimpaired capital requirement apply.  Please note that these are the fees imposed by the IFSC and Orion's fees are not included in the table below.

 

Service  Application Fee Annual Fee   Minimum Capital
Foreign Exchange Trading  USD$1,000  USD$25,000  USD$500,000
Stock Trading
Includes trading in financial and commodity-based derivative  instruments and other securities (e.g. futures, options, interest rates, foreign exchange instruments,  shares, stock, contracts for differences, etc.)
 USD$1,000  USD$25,000  USD$500,000
Payment Processing Services  USD$1,000  USD$5,000  USD$75,000
International Money Lending
Allows for personal or household unsecured, short-term loans to non-residents 18 years of age or older.  Loans can range from USD$100 to USD$5,000 and must be paid back in less than one year at a maximum APR of 48%.
 
 USD$1,000

 USD$5,000

(dependent on the number of loans originated)
 

 USD$75,000
Money Transmission Services
 
 USD$1,000  USD$5,000  USD$75,000
Asset Protection and Management
 
 USD$1,000  USD$5,000  USD$25,000
Brokerage, consultancy or advisory services  USD$1,000  USD$5,000  USD$50,000


Who can Apply?

Any company or corporate entity that has management with the requisite knowledge and expertise of the business to be carried on and has at least one director resident in Belize.

Application Process

Every application for a license under these Regulations shall be routed through an attorney-at-law or a licensed international financial services practitioner resident in Belize, who shall conduct a proper “Due Diligence” on the application before forwarding it to the Director General of the Commission.  Orion Corporate & Trust Services Ltd. is a licensed international financial services practitioner. A copy of the Application form and Biographical affidavit are attached.

APPLICATION FORM

BIOGRAPHICAL AFFIDAVIT


How Orion can Help


Orion can assist applicants in processing and submitting their applications for any of the above licenses.  Orion will conduct due diligence on the applicant and liaise with the International Financial Services Commission on the applicant’s behalf.  Orion can also provide a local resident director as required by the regulations.

Questions? Contact us for more information about international financial services



Ship Registration

The International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE) as of 2009 is one of the 16 (of 166) ship registries in the world (and the only one in Central America) to boast the prestigious U.S. Coast Guard Quality Shipping for the 21st Century (QUALSHIP 21) Program qualification.  IMMARBE has a good reputation and is well-established with a worldwide network of General Safety Inspectors and Deputy Registrars in major maritime centers.  Belize is also a member of the International Maritime Organization (and is included in the said IMO's White List.)

All vessels registered in Belize require an approved resident shipping agent, and vessel ownership can be held by a Belize IBC (or any other entity, Belizean or not.)  Resident shipping agents provide services to ship-owners including the processing of registration under the Belize Flag and other ancillary services related to ship registration.  The shipping agent is a liaision between the ship-owner and the registry.

Orion Corporate & Trust Services Ltd. is an authorized Shipping Agent in Belize (according to Section 17(1) of the Registration of Merchant Ships Act), offering fast, reliable, and efficient ISO 9001:2000 accredited registration and certification service at very competitive rates.

 

 

Questions? Contact us for more information about applying for ship registration.


 

 

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