FEM (Establishment in India of a Branch Office or Liaison Office or a Project Office or any other Place of Business) Regulations, 2016

FEM (Establishment in India of a Branch Office or Liaison Office or a Project Office or any other Place of Business) Regulations, 2016


Branch office

  • any establishment described as such by the company. [Schedule 1]

Liaison office

  • place of business to act as channel of communication between Head Office and Indian entities. [Schedule 2]
  • does not undertake any commercial/ trading/ industrial activity, directly or indirectly.

Project office

  • place of business in India to represent interests of a foreign company executing a project in India
  • excludes a liaison office.

Site office

  • sub-office of project office established at the site of project
  • excludes liaision office

Prior approval of RBI required for each of the above.

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