St. Vincent and the Grenadines international bank setup license in 2023

Since 2003, Healy Consultants Group assists multi-national Clients’ register a financial institution in every country on the planet. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines offers an international banking license which covers all related banking activities, including accepting deposits and issuing debit cards. This web page contains the information you need to determine if a St. Vincent & Grenadines (SVG) offshore bank set up is the optimum corporate structure for your financial institution:

  • SVG offshore bank set up process

    • Formation of Saint Vincent Business Corporation (BC); and
    • Within a month, open a multi-currency corporate bank account; and
    • Paid-up share capital; and
    • Preparation and drafting of a comprehensive business plan including five-year financial projections; and
    • Preparation of Operation System manuals, AMLA and KYC Framework; and
    • Appoint an AML officer and resident director and manager; and
    • Identification and draft letters naming principal representative and auditor; and
    • Internal audit and compliance advisory (if required);
    • Draft and prepare required bank charter and prospectus; and
    • Prepare a quality SVG offshore banking license application to submit to the regulatory together with i) resume of shareholders and directors and bank signatory and ii) proof of no criminal record and iii) AML and KYC documents and iv) IT infrastructure and v) Customer service plan; and
    • Regular communication with the FSA and timely accurately and completely supply outstanding information; and
    • Staff recruitment and office rental; and
    • Facilitate bankcard relationship with Visa & Mastercard; and
    • Preparation and drafting of policy agreements and related documents; and
    • Facilitate a correspondent bank relationship; and
    • Preparation of bank deposit, loan and related agreements.
  • Regulatory license requirements for SVG offshore bank registration

    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Financial Services Authority (FSA) was established on November 12, 2012. The FSA is also responsible for ensuring that each licensed financial entity is managed correctly and remains financially sound. The FSA has the ability to expel institutions, brokers or financial service companies that break the regulations. A summary of relevant requirements include:

    Regulatory license requirementsOffshore bankOnshore bank
    Name of regulatory licenseClass BClass A
    How long to secure a regulatory banking license?4 months6 months
    Can do business within SVGNoYes
    Paid-up share capitalUS$ 500,000US$ 3m
    Statutory deposit held with the FSAUS$ 100,000US$ 500,000
    Must have an office in SVGYesYes
    Minimum number of employees in SVG22
    Resident director requiredYesYes
    Resident manager requiredYesYes
    Application feeUS$ 1,000US$ 1,000
    Annual regulatory license feeUS$ 5,000US$ 10m
    Quarterly Government reportingYesYes
    Submit annual audited financial statements to the FSAYesYes
    Annual economic substance reportingYesYes
    Online public register of licensed banksYesYes
    Minimum number of shareholders11
    Minimum number of directors22

  • Advantages of registering an SVG offshore bank

    The SVG international banking license application process is straight forward. Their regulatory framework is designed to be efficient and transparent, allowing entrepreneurs to start their business from scratch with ease. Other business set up advantages include:

    • No corporation tax nor withholding tax; and
    • Low operating costs; and
    • Low paid-up share capital requirements; and
    • The non-resident shareholders are exempt from all taxes on income, capital gains and corporate taxes in St. Vincent; and
    • Shares may be nominated in any currency, although US$ are widely used.
  • Our fees to setup a banking business in SVG

    Within four months, Healy Consultants Group will complete SVG international banking business set up. Average engagement cost to open an offshore banking business in SVG approximate to US$ xxx. A draft sales invoice follows:
  • Other interesting information on SVG offshore banks


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