EMI License

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EMI License

Electronic Money (E-money) is defined as an electronic store of monetary value on a technical device that may be widely used for making payments to entities other than the e-money issuer. The device acts as a prepaid bearer instrument, which does not necessarily involve bank accounts in transactions.

The practical difference between Electronic Money (E-money) and a regular Payment Institution (PI) is that E-money institutions in addition to the services provided by PI are entitled to issue Electronic Money. It means that Electronic Money Institutions are allowed to store clients’ funds for a longer period of time in comparison to Payment Institutions. E-money license allows the issue of payment cards, e-wallets, and other payment instruments requiring storage of the client funds. To see the full range of services you are allowed to carry out when in possession of an EMI license, check the list below:

  • It allows you to operate your electronic money institution across all countries with a single license.Passport copy (sometimes legalized) for every shareholder & director of the company;
  • Issue e-money, such as prepaid cards, electronic wallets, and payment account with IBAN codes, across Europe. Designated multicurrency virtual IBANS (SEPA & SWIFT).
  • Payments in multiple currencies.
  • Obtain the electronic money institution (e-money) license in as little as ± 5-6 months.
  • You can access SEPA and Centrelink – a payment system developed and operated by the Bank of Lithuania.
  • Remote account opening for individual and business customers.
  • Issue Visa or Mastercard payment cards for both individual and business users.
  • The regulator offers remote KYC for customer onboarding whilst relaxing on financial penalties for start-ups – for example, no regulatory fines or penalties in the first year of operation.

Popular jurisdictions 

Popular jurisdictions to apply for an EMI license are the UK, Lithuania, and Estonia. We help entrepreneurs submit their application, after which the regulators will review it. This means collecting all documents and preparing them in the way they are assessed. By working together with local financial industry people in the above mentioned jurisdictions, we can almost guarantee an EMI license application to be approved.

Besides applying for new EMI licenses, it is also possible to take over already existing EMI licensed companies. The advantage of this is that you, as an entrepreneur, can start immediately. For example, the acquisition of an EMI license takes an average of 2 months. The advantage of this can also be that the company already has one or more business accounts opened, and/or already has several customers.

Do you have any questions about applying for an EMI license or acquiring an existing EMI licensed company? Then contact us, and we will share with you all the necessary information.

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