E-1 Visa For Filipino Traders

The U.S. maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation with the Philippines effective September 6, 1955. Hence, Filipino companies and nationals qualify for E-1 nonimmigrant visa classification that would allow admission to the U.S. solely to engage in international trade on his or her own behalf. Certain employees of such a person or of a qualifying organization may also be eligible for this classification.

In order to qualify for E-1 classification, the treaty trader must:

  • Be a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation
  • Carry on substantial trade
  • Carry on principal trade between the United States and the treaty country which qualified the treaty trader for E-1 classification.

Trade is the existing international exchange of items of trade for consideration between the United States and the treaty country. Items of trade include but are not limited to:

  • Goods
  • Services
  • International banking
  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Tourism
  • Technology and its transfer
  • Some news-gathering activities

DOING BUSINESS IN THE U.S.

Take advantage of the E-1 non-immigrant visa classification that is only available to specific treaty countries including the Philippines. The Filipino enterprise or corporation has a unique advantage in doing business in the US primarily because of the substantial similarities of the government structure as well as laws of the Philippines and the US. Most laws of the Philippines are patterned after the US laws. Several examples are contract laws, securities regulation, and intellectual property laws.

With this advantage, the Filipino investor can tap the vast domestic market of the US and expect a transparent legal system as well as access to federal-level programs and services related to business investment.

You can start by checking on the wealth of resources in learning more about engaging in trade in the U.S. made available by the U.S. Embassy in Manila, as follows:

  • SelectUSA website for programs, incentives and industry snapshots
  • A dedicated US Embassy Commercial Team that can address interests and needs
  • Cluster mapping tool to learn about regional business strengths as well as case studies and toolkits in formulating business strategies.

These resources can be accessed through http://manila.usembassy.gov/doing-business-usa.html

Take the crucial next step by contacting us at Davies & Associates. We will guide you through every step of the way to make your vision a reality.

OUR SERVICES

We offer flexibility to all our clients with the legal service options that we provide, as follows:

No Obligation Visa Assessment

Send us an email or give us a call and we will gladly address your basic questions and assess your current visa situation and/or eligibility for free.

Comprehensive Preliminary Consultation

After our initial assessment, we can schedule a 60-minute comprehensive consultation for a reasonable fee. We will address all other questions that you may have after our initial assessment and give you substantive legal advice and expert guidance. We will provide you with a questionnaire as may be necessary to review the strength and credibility of your case.

Should you decide to engage our firm, the preliminary consultation fee will be credited and will be deducted from the legal fees that will be determined for your case.

Expert Legal Representation

Once you decide to retain Davies & Associates for your case, you will get expert legal guidance from inception of the case to its completion. Our lawyers will stay on top of your case and work with you to accurately accomplish all the required forms. You will receive prompt and accurate answers to your questions and concerns. You will also get complete access to your files throughout the process.

Corporate and Tax Services

For our clients applying for business visas, we also offer other related services i.e. business plan preparation, incorporation, compliance and tax advice. Our lawyers hold degrees from the best law and business schools in the United and States and have acquired relevant experience from the top law firms and Fortune 100 companies.

US Embassy Location & Contact Information in the Philippines

U.S. Embassy
1201 Roxas Boulevard
Manila, Philippines 1000

Non-Immigrant/Immigrant Visas
Via PLDT or SMART (with NDD or IDD access):
Tel. No. 1-909-101-7878 1-909-101-7878
The number will be available for GLOBE subscribers shortly.
Callers in the USA can also contact the Call Center at 1-888-877-9888 1-888-877-9888 FREE.
There is a fee assessed to callers by the call center for its services.

USCIS Field Office in the Philippines

Mailing Address from the United States
Field Office Director
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Unit 8600 Box 1575
DPO AP 96515-1575

Mailing Address from Outside the United States and Express Mail Address
Field Office Director
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Embassy of the United States
1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita
Manila, 0930 Philippines

Email
MPHInquiry.CIS@uscis.dhs.gov

Phone
(63)(2) 301-2000, extension 2224 (from within the Philippines)
011 (63)(2) 301-2000, extension 2224 (from the United States)

Fax
(63)(2) 301-2208 (from within the Philippines)
011 (63)(2) 301-2208 (from the United States)

Solutions by City:

Manila
Manila

DAVIES & ASSOCIATES – US IMMIGRATION MANILA OFFICE*
54 Domingo M. Guevara,
Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila (National Capital Region)
Philippines
+632 – 299-0631
*In partnership with Belgica Aranas Alim Dela Cruz & Associates

Cebu
Cebu

DAVIES & ASSOCIATES – US IMMIGRATION CEBU OFFICE*
4th Floor, Tulips Center
AS Fortuna St., Mandaue City
Cebu, Philippines
+632 – 299-0631
*In partnership with Nonato Nonato & Nonato Law Offices