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How to get or apply an NBI Clearance in Dubai, UAE

Application of NBI Clearance in Dubai? Is it possible? I’ve been living here in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) for about ten (10) months already and getting an NBI Clearance here didn’t crossed my mind. I just thought that I won’t be needing NBI Clearance anymore since I’m already employed to a great multinational company here in Dubai. They won’t ask me to provide one, right?

But as unforeseeable events transpired, my family in the Philippines request me to provide them a copy of my NBI Clearance. My first question is this:

How can I get NBI Clearance in Dubai?

Since I’m new here in this place, I didn’t know how to secure this government issued document. If I were in the Philippines, I can easily set an appointment with the NBI Clearance Online website and have my clearance processed. Or, I can go to the Philippine Consulate and start asking questions there but I’m not comfortable wasting one day if I will get an NBI Clearance the same day or went home empty handed.

So what I did was start combing the internet and Dubai Based OFW forums related to getting an NBI Clearance while in Abroad. Luckily, I happen to land in NBI Clearance website and it mentions that every Filipino based in abroad can also apply for an NBI Clearance.

As noted in the website, NBI Clearance can be obtained in their respective Philippine Consulate or Philippine Embassy in every country. Filipinos working or living abroad can easily get their NBI Clearances without the hassle! All they have to do is visit the nearest Philippine Consulate or Philippine Embassy and have their NBI Clearance processed.

Before I start discussing, I need to inform you that applying for an NBI Clearance while you’re in abroad is not a one day process thing. You’ll know the reasons why when you get to read the entire article.

What are the requirements in getting an NBI Clearance in Dubai?

The requirements for the NBI Clearance when you applied in abroad is almost the same with if you applied in the Philippines. In getting an NBI Clearance, you need the following as an NBI Clearance requirement for your application. These are the following:

  • NBI Form No. 5 and SPA Form
  • A 2” x 2” photograph with white background. The photo should be taken within three (3) months.
  • Original and Photocopy of your Passport and your VISA
  • Payment of 340 AED

How to get or apply an NBI Clearance in Dubai, UAE. - NBI Form No. 5

For NBI Form No. 5, don’t worry about this, you can simply get this NBI Clearance document in Philippine Consulate. Please note that the NBI Form No. 5 is for free, you don’t have to pay anything. Just ask nicely 🙂

What are the steps in getting an NBI Clearance?

I’ll discuss each steps so it would be clear to all so you’ll not get lost when you also apply for one.

Before we start, I’d like to inform you that you need to go you need to go to the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai. The complete address is Villa No. 234-851, Beirut Street, Al Qusais 3 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates with telephone numbers +971 4 2207100.

My advice is before going to the Philippine Consulate General, it’s best to call them first if you need an appointment for NBI Clearance  processing.

1. Once you arrived in Philippine Consulate in Dubai, don’t waste any second. Ask where you can get the NBI Clearance Form No. 5 and people will be glad to help you.

2. Fill up the said document completely. Make sure to avoid any erasures. Though they’re not strict, just make sure that you erase your mistakes cleanly. You must use black ball pen when writing on the forms.

The NBI Clearance Form No. 5 requires every applicant to provide their personal information such as your Name, Birthday, Gender, Present Address and other stuffs. Its very easy, it will only take me 15 minutes to finish the entire form.

After finishing up with the application form, don’t put your thumb mark (finger prints) yet! There’s a separate step for that.

3. Now you’re done filling up the application form, it’s time to put the 2×2 photograph of yours in the space provided in NBI Clearance Form No. 5.

4. Now this part is solely for the purpose of the thumb mark portion of the NBI Clearance application form. You need to ask the assistance or endorsement of the consulate general/Police Agency to have your fingerprints impressed (Rolled Impression) on the assigned spaces in the application form. After you’re done impressing your finger prints, you need to make sure that the person who assisted you have signed his/her name and stated his/her official designation on the space provided in NBI Form No. 5.

Again you need to ask where you need to go to have your finger prints on the form. As for my experience, they asked me to go to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Dubai located just accross Al Mulla Plaza. The said government office of Dubai will handle the finger printing of your NBI Clearance form. Note that there are fees to be paid here for the finger printing. This costs you AED 110.

5. You’re almost done in your journey! The next step is to go back to the Philippine Consulate and pay the necessary fees. You’ll be asked to pay AED 200 for the Special Power of Attorney (SPA) and for NBI clearance.

It’s also advised that you bring two to three photocopies of your Valid Philippine Passport as it is need for your NBI Clearance Application.

6. After your paying all the fees, the Cashier will give you an official receipt. Make sure to keep it. The Official receipt will also tell you the date of release of your NBI Clearance. In my experience, I got my NBI Clearance after seven (7) days. It was delivered to my doorstep.

You have two option, either you send all your papers to the Philippines where your authorized representative will personally process your NBI Clearance in NBI Clearance Main Office OR you let the Philippine Consulate General Office process it for you.

So there you have it! If you want to know anything about getting NBI Clearance in Dubai or what to know how to apply NBI Clearance Online, just leave me a comment down below!

Thank you and have a great day!

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  • Bhing
    March 6, 2018

    Hello there!
    I’ve already finished the fingerprinting process for the NBI Clearance here in Dubai and just waiting for the notarized SPA and NBI Form 5 to claim this sunday, March 11, 2017. My question is after we send these docs to the Philippines, is our authorized representative need to do an online appointment to the NBI website? Does this process same as acquiring NBI Clearance to the home country or are the NBI need only to attest the NBI Form 5? if the latter, how many days will it be and for how much? I need to know because as far as I know i should also be attested (red ribbon) by the DFA and Phil. Embassy. Thanks for the reply.

    • Kat Delano
      March 7, 2018

      Hello there!
      I’ve already finished the fingerprinting process for the NBI Clearance here in Dubai and just waiting for the notarized SPA and NBI Form 5 to claim this sunday, March 11, 2017. My question is after we send these docs to the Philippines, is our authorized representative need to do an online appointment to the NBI website?

      No need na para sa online appointment. Punta na sila sa NBI Main Office located sa U.N Taft Avenue then pagdating nila dun sabihin lang nila na sa NBI Clearance – Mailed Section sila pupunta. ask your authorized representative to bring all your NBI Clearance application requirements as proofs.

      Does this process same as acquiring NBI Clearance to the home country or are the NBI need only to attest the NBI Form 5? if the latter, how many days will it be and for how much? I need to know because as far as I know i should also be attested (red ribbon) by the DFA and Phil. Embassy. Thanks for the reply.

      I think same lang ang proseso. Ang pinagkaiba lang eh authorized representative ang magpoprocess ng NBI Clearance mo. Sorry but im not familiar with the red ribbon by dfa. so im not much of a help on your second question.

  • Anna Marie
    March 5, 2018

    Good Day Sir,

    i have been trying to contact the number 2207100 but the phone just kept on ringing. i would like to know if ever I am going to apply for an NBI clearance should I seek appointment first or just go directly to Philippine Consulate Office and apply there? what shall I do? kindly please advise

  • belinda
    March 4, 2018

    TO whom it may concer:
    Hi! I’m new in UAE. Recently I was given a Job offer in Abu Dhabi but I was confused with the NBI requirement. Because I have an NBI dated taken last July 26, 2017 and with expiry date of july 26, 2018. It have a red ribbon or philippine authentecation dated august 2017, however , it doesnt have a UAE stamp . I tried to request in MOFA in marina mall for an authentacation or UAE stamp but refused to do it.
    Do I need to send my paper to phillippines or do I need to get another new NBI and send it again to phillipines.

    • Soliven
      March 5, 2018

      Do I need to send my paper to phillippines or do I need to get another new NBI and send it again to phillipines.<<<YES!!!

  • Carmencita Eturma Ortillo
    March 4, 2018

    Is it true that the Philippine Embassy here in dubai stop processing the NBI application?

    • Jayson Domasian
      March 5, 2018

      ang alam ko sa Consulate ang NBI Clearance.

  • kat
    March 4, 2018

    hey, I’m just new hear, and I get A JO recently, I still have my Green NBI clearance valid until Sept this year, do I still need to setup an appointment in the Philippine Consulate? I’m so confused right now

    • Jayson Domasian
      March 5, 2018

      depende sa Employer mo kung hihingan ka ng bago. Sila ang magsasabi nyan kung ihohonor nila ang NBI Clearance mo.

      • alvin
        March 7, 2018

        pre may nbi clearnce aq..expird na i honor yun ng employer..pwd aq visahan?

  • Clara
    March 1, 2018

    Hi good day. I wanted to clarify things regarding the Certificate of Good Conduct. I worked in Jeddah, KSA for 2 years and did not renew my contract. I went back home in the Philippines and plan to find a job in Dubai. The question is do I still need to have the certificate of good conduct from Saudi or the certificate coming here in the Philippines is enough? or do I need them both? Hope you can enlighten me regarding this matter.
    Thank you!

    • jovie
      March 9, 2018

      you need to get a certificate of good conduct from every country that you resided for the last 5yrs,,,

  • Analyn
    February 27, 2018

    Hi! I am working here in Abu Dhabi for a nanny. So, do I need to get the NBI & Certificate of conduct if I’ll change my employer after my contract with my present employer? I just want to know because I want to find another job/employer after my visa which is expire this coming March 16,2018 and I’ll be moving in Dubai after here. Thank you!

    • Jayson Domasian
      March 5, 2018

      I think YES. Kelangan un.

  • LZ
    February 26, 2018

    Hi I just want to ask because I have been in Dubai for two years and I left the Philippines through agency which asks too many requirements already now fast forward, I finished my contract with my employer last October 2017 and I went for exit in Oman to extend my stay in Dubai and now I got a job is it really needed to take an NBI even I didn’t still go back to my origin?

    • jovie
      March 9, 2018

      yes.. certificate of good conduct is the new UAE requirement to avail a new working visa

  • Cynthia
    February 25, 2018

    Hi just want to ask if i need to have an appointment with nbi in the philippines for certificate of good conduct. I already send my form 5 and spa to my relatives. Thanks

    • Alessandra
      March 2, 2018

      Hi where did you get the Form 5 and SPA? Is it possible if I can just get this to Phil. Consulate without an appointment? Because I’ll have it processed in the Philippines. Thanks.

    • Jayson Domasian
      March 5, 2018

      No Need na. direcho na sila sa NBI Main Office. Sabihin lang sa guard na sa mailed section sila pupunta.

  • Anne
    February 22, 2018

    Hi Good evening, Is it possible to process the NBI directly in the philippines without going to philippine consulate here in dubai? I currently residing in dubai but i just want to clarify if my cousin can get and process my nbi in the Philippines.

    • Cynthia
      February 25, 2018

      You need the form 5 and spa… because police officer will need to get your finger print. And then you will send your accomplished papers to your representative in the phils.

      • Ryan Bautista
        February 26, 2018

        Is it possible to download the nbi form no.5 instead of going 2 times to psg? Thanks

        • Jayson Domasian
          March 5, 2018

          No, dun lang nakukuha yun. walang downloadables ng nbi clearance form no. 5

          • alvin
            March 7, 2018

            pre..sino mag fill up nung sa witness…tsaka db may ia2point aq na tao ..e panu pg pa2lakad ko n lng sa consulate..kelngn q pa rn mg appoint ?

  • Sharlaine
    February 21, 2018

    Good day,

    What time do I have to be there in Philippine Consulate and also in CID? Is there a queuing system?

    Thank you

    • Cynthia
      February 25, 2018

      You can get your form 5 and spa form to guard on duty. Without any hassle. After filing you need to go to police station. ( authorized only) but now they have it already in consulate..where you can have your finger print.

  • den
    February 14, 2018

    I just recently quit my job January 7 2018, if I have a new employer do I need to provide NBI clearance before they can process the visa for me? Because someone told me, since its not more than 6 months past from my last employer I don’t need to provide one. Can you please clarify this for me? Thank you

    • Cynthia
      February 25, 2018

      Yap.. they will need it. Its the new rules and regualtions here in UAE or else they will not give you visa.

  • Rovijane
    February 12, 2018

    Hi, do I need to register in poea before getting these?

  • Kaye
    January 29, 2018

    Hi just wanna know if this Nbi clearance is also the “good conduct certificate” which is the new rule here in uae to give work permit for those who seek jobs.

    • Charlene
      January 30, 2018

      Same question with kaye. Please send some help. Thanks.

    • Cynthia
      February 25, 2018


  • May Vanneza
    January 5, 2018

    Hi, I would like to check if the NBI Clearance Application form No. 5 itself that was stamped by the police and where the fingerprints are would be the NBI clearance? Would it be different print out as in the Philippines?

  • Chubby Rover
    November 14, 2017

    my fiancé is a Filipino and has worked in Dubai for two (2) years, She recently move back home to the Philippine. I submitted an I-129F for a fiances visa with USCIS and was told by a friend that we need a NBI clearance from Dubai and that she need this document with her when she go for her interview in Manila at US Embassy along with several require documents: Can she apply for a NBI Clearance online from the Philippine? If so, which web-site or steps do she take to apply and receive a NBI Clearance Certificate? your help in this matter is much appreciated! I can be reach my email below. Thank you for your help!

    • jen&aaron
      December 29, 2017

      Hi! I processed here in Dubai too but they require NBI from the Philippines and police clearance from here. If she’s already in the Philippines then she can get an NBI there. If her friend meant police clearance, they require an active emirates ID in order for her to get one here.

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  • Agnes
    August 27, 2017

    Hi. I’ve also applied for nbi clearance here in abu Dhabi but they didn’t gave me a copy of spa. Kung nagbayad po kayo para sa spa edi kayo din po ba yubg nagsend ng documents sa pinas?

    • Kimpot
      October 21, 2017

      Hello. What is the Special Power of attorney for?
      Same question din po aq. What if ako na mismo magsend sa representative q sa pinas? Can i ditch the step na bumalik after fingerprinting? Punta nlng aq LBC???

  • gulfam
    July 24, 2017

    are you in UAE still? Can i have your WhatsApp to clear my doubts about NBI clearance Please?