Governance American Samoa is the only populated island group under the U.S. flag south of the equator. Based on the U.S. model of government and U.S. currency, the territory is recognized as a safe and stable environment for the potential business partner as well as the leisure traveler. As an unincorporated and unorganized territory of the United States of America, not all provisions of the U.S. Constitution apply to American Samoa. Those born in American Samoa are not U.S. citizens; rather, they are U.S. nationals who can freely enter the United States to work and reside. American Samoa also has its own immigration laws. In contrast to the U.S. insular area of Guam, where U.S. immigration laws apply, entry into American Samoa by foreigners does not constitute entry into the U.S. Legislative Building,, Photo compliments of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic Laboratory While political stability and ethnic tensions remain a major concern for most Pacific island nations, American Samoa, with its strong financial and political institutions under U.S. governance, is positioned to become a stabilizing force in the Pacific economy and an increasingly popular tourism and cruise destination.
Source: American Samoa Office of Tourism
Photo: The Fono building, Samoan Legislature