9(d) Visa for Treaty Traders and Investors

Definition of Treaty Trader and Treaty Investor

A treaty trader is any foreigner who seeks to enter the Philippines solely to carry on trade or commerce between the Philippines and the country of which he is a national pursuant to existing treaties of trade and economic cooperation.

A treaty investor is any foreigner who seeks to enter the Philippines for the purpose of developing and directing the operations of an enterprise in the Philippines where (a) he or she has invested, or is actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital or where (b) his or her employer has invested, or is actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital, provided that such employer is a foreign person or corporation of the same nationality as the visa applicant.

Note: Since there are no treaties presently in force covering trade and economic relations between the Philippines and Jordan or Palestine, traders and investors who are either Jordanian or Palestinian passport holders may instead apply for a 9(a) temporary visitor's visa, which in fact does not preclude them from engaging in the activities that they intend to pursue as traders or investors.