What is a 9D Treaty Trader's Visa in the Philippines?
A Treaty Trader is defined as any foreigner who plans to enter the Philippines for the sole purpose of managing commerce or trade between the Philippines and his native country. The country he comes from must belong to one of the countries which are under agreement with the Philippines to admit treaty traders or investors, namely Germany, Japan, and the United States of America (USA). A Treaty Trader Visa allows nationals from any of the three countries mentioned to enter the Philippines as treaty traders. They are also permitted entry if they aim to manage the operations of an enterprise they have invested in or are in the process of investing in said enterprise.
Advantages of 9D Treaty Trader’s Visa:
- The 9D Treaty Trader’s Visa may be extended to the visa card holder’s spouse and unmarried children below 21 years of age upon endowment.
- The 9D Treaty Trader’s Visa is valid for one year and may be subject to extension.
Who is eligible to apply for a 9D Treaty Trader’s Visa?
- Treaty traders and treaty investors are eligible to apply for a 9D Treaty Trader’s Visa.
- The Philippine Consulate General defines a treaty trader as a foreign national of Germany, Japan, or the United States of America (U.S.A.) who is entering the Philippines for the sole purpose of carrying on trade or commerce as agreed upon in their country’s existing treaty of commerce with the Philippines.
- The Philippine Consulate General defines a treaty investor as a foreigner who seeks entry to the Philippines to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in the country where: 1) He has invested or is in the process of investing a considerable amount of capital or where 2) His employer has invested or is in the process of investing a considerable amount of capital.
What are the requirements for securing a 9D Treaty Trader’s Visa?
- Letter of request addressed to the Commissioner from the applicant or the petitioner
- Duly accomplished Consolidated General Application Form (CGAF) for Non-Immigrant Visa
- Photocopy of the applicant’s passport bio-page and latest admission with valid authorized stay
- Mayor’s Permit
- Petitioner’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR) with the corresponding proof of payment (bank teller’s validation slip, BIR’s eFPS payment print-out, official receipt, or other similar evidence)
- Duly acknowledged employment contract, Secretary’s Certificate of Appointment or equivalent document stating duration of employment, compensation and other benefits, and scope of duties
- Board Resolution if the signatories of the letter of application and employment contract are not those that appear in the Articles of Incorporation and in the latest GSIS
- BI Clearance Certificate
- An original or certified true copy of Bureau of Quarantine Medical Clearance if the applicant is a national of any country listed under Annex A of Immigration Operations Order No. SBM-14-059-A who arrived in the Philippines on or after June 2014.
For Corporations or Partnerships:
- Photocopies of the following:
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Certificate of Registration
- Articles of Incorporation
- General Information Sheet (GIS) for the current year stamped as “received” by SEC
For Single Proprietorships:
- Photocopies of the following:
- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Certificate of Registration of Business Name
Checklist of the documentary requirements for each dependent:
- Duly accomplished CGAF for Non-Immigrant Visa
- Photocopy of the dependent’s passport bio-page and latest admission with valid authorized stay
- Proof of affiliation with the applicant
- BI Clearance Certificate
- An original or certified true copy of Bureau of Quarantine Medical Clearance if the dependent is a national of any country listed under Annex A of Immigration Operations Order No. SBM-14-059-A, who arrived in the Philippines on or after June 2014.
How to apply for a 9D Treaty Trader’s Visa?
- Secure an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) from DOLE and establish that no individual residing in the Philippines is willing and able to perform the position and service for which the foreign national is being hired.
- Gather and complete all your required documents.
- Go to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and submit your documents together with a letter explaining why the alien’s admission will be beneficial to the public interest. You may apply for a Special Work Permit (SWP) while the 9D Visa is in the approval process. The SWP will be valid for three months while the visa is not yet released.
- Pay the required fees, get an official receipt and note the date of your next scheduled appointment with them.
- Attend your scheduled hearing and prepare your requirements for the ARC I-Card Application. Have your biometrics captured and submit the ACR I-Card application requirements to the Image and Fingerprint Capturing Counter of the Alien Registration Division (ARD).
- Wait for approval from BI. Once approved, you must submit your passport.
- Claim both your passport and ACR I-Card.
Can I get help in applying for a 9D Treaty Trader’s Visa?
Yes, you can get assistance in applying for your 9D Treaty Trader’s Visa. Foreign nationals or non-resident aliens who are having difficulty applying for their 9D Treaty Trader’s Visa in the Philippines may contact Triple i Consulting for assistance. As the first ISO 9001:2008 company in the Philippines to offer business registration services to its clients, Triple i Consulting is armed with a team of Philippine business strategy experts who can provide professional help to acquire your 9D Treaty Trader’s Visa.
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