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What is Illinois Corporation Foreign Qualification?

You want to do business in the state of Illinois but are registered as a Domestic Corporation in another state.  In order to legally conduct business in the state of Illinois you must register with the Illinois Secretary of State as a Foreign Corporation.   more...

What is an Illinois Foreign Corporation?

In the United States, just because you are registered to do business in one state does not mean that you can legally do business in another state.  If you want to transact any serious business in a state other than the state in which your Corporation is registered, most likely you will have to register with the state in which you want to do business before you can legally conduct business there.  more...

Do I need a lawyer to Form a Foreign Corporation in Illinois?

The short answer is no.  The state of Illinois does not legally require a lawyer to form an Illinois Foreign Corporationmore...

Do I have to Reserve a Company Name before I Form a Foreign Corporation in IL?

You are not legally required to reserve a Company Name for a new Illinois Foreign Corporation before you submit your application to form a Foreign Corporation in Illinois.  more...

What do I have to do to Form a Foreign Corporation in Illinois?

5 things you have to do in order to Form an Illinois Foreign Corporation
  1. Prove that you are registered in a state other than IL as a Domestic Corporation
  2. Choose a name for your Illinois Foreign Corporation
  3. Select an official address and a Registered Agent for your IL Foreign Corporation
  4. File Registration Documents with the Illinois Secretary of State
  5. Determine how you want your Illinois Foreign Corporation to be taxed

What do I have to do to after I Form an Illinois Foreign Corporation?

4 things you have to do in after you Form an Illinois Foreign Corporation
  1. Obtain Business Licenses from the cities and counties in which you plan to do business
  2. File the required reports for your Illinois Foreign Corporation
  3. Keep proper records of your Illinois Foreign Corporation on file
  4. Pay your taxes to the state of Illinois

What information do I need in order to Form a Foreign Corporation in Illinois?

In order to Form a Foreign Corporation in Illinois you'll need certain specific information about your Company including the Corporation name and address; and Registered Agent information.

How long does it take to Form a Foreign Corporation in Illinois?

Processing times for new Illinois Foreign Corporation applications vary depending on the work load of the Secretary of State's staff.  We've found that normal processing of new Illinois Foreign Corporation applications takes the state around 4 weeks.  Add 2-3 days for the time period for shipping the final documents by mail.  Choosing our Overnight Delivery option can shave a couple of days off the total processing time for your new Illinois Foreign Corporation.
The Illinois Secretary of State reserves the right to extend expedite periods in time of extreme volume, staff shortage or equipment malfunction.  We are dependent on, and have no control over, the staff and systems of the Illinois Secretary of State.

In our experience 4 weeks is the time it usually takes the Illinois Secretary of State to process a new Illinois Foreign Corporation application. We get your Illinois Foreign Corporation application to the IL Secretary of State ASAP. Once it is at the state we have no control over the new Illinois Foreign Corporation application process.

Are there any Expedited Processing Options for new IL Foreign Corporations?

For an additional $100 the Illinois Secretary of State will process your new Illinois Corporation application within 24 hours of receipt.

How much does it cost to Form a Foreign Corporation in Illinois?

The state of Illinois charges $205.00 to Form a Foreign Corporation in IL.  If you choose us to help you Form your Foreign Corporation in Illinois our processing fees are $199.00.  This includes:
  • Same day processing of your new Illinois Foreign Corporation order
  • IL Name Check and Reservation
  • Prepare Application for Authority to Transact Business in Illinois
  • File Formation Documents with the Illinois Secretary of State
  • Certified Copies of Formation Documents
  • Illinois Foreign Corporation Checklist
  • Priority Mail Delivery
  • Unlimited Customer Support
For $199 our Illinois Foreign Qualification services include:
 Same day processing   explain
 IL Name Check and Reservation
 Prepare Formation Documents
 File Formation Documents
 Certified Copies of Formation Docs
 IL Foreign Corporation Checklist
 Priority Mail Delivery
 Unlimited Customer Support
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 Expedited Service $100   explain
 Overnight Delivery $40   explain
 S-Corporation Election $30   explain
 IL Registered Agent $135   explain
 IL Corporation Kit and Seal $75   explain
 Business License Research $150   explain

Processing fees $199.00
Illinois incorporation fees $205.00
Optional products and services $0.00
Good Standing Certificate $0.00
Certified Copy Fee $0.00
Total estimated cost $404.00
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  • We start processing your Illinois Foreign Corporation order as soon as it arrives.
  • We get your documents to the Illinois Secretary of State in the quickest possible way.  If we receive your order before noon Illinois time we will submit your Illinois Foreign Corporation application to the Secretary of State on the same day we receive it.
  • We guarantee our work.  If you're not satisfied with our Illinois Foreign Qualification services we will refund 100% of your processing fees.
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