How to get an NBI Clearance while in Abroad?


NBI Clearance in abroad? Is it possible? There are cases that while you’re out of the country as an OFW,  a need to get an NBI Clearance must be done. There may be alot of reason behind why are you getting an NBI Clearance while you’re not in the Philippines but the most common is due to employment requirement.

Having said that, Filipinos around the world are wondering how the hell can they one if they’re thousand miles away from their home land? Though the idea of NBI Clearance renewal stress everyone here in the Philippines, the NBI Clearance application process while in abroad have the same sentiment of the latter.

Where To Get NBI Clearance in Abroad?

Simple. In every Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate General Office placed in every country.

A Philippine Embassy is an area of sovereign territory of the Philippines in another country (ex. USA). The said office serves as a place where the host country can directly speak to the representatives of the Philippines.

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While a Philippine Consulate General Office is the representation of the Philippine’s Public Administration in another country. It’s main responsibility is the Filipino citizens living, traveling and working in the host country. The Philippine Consulate General Office functions are the following:

  • Establish and renew Philippine Passports and other official Government documents such as NBI Clearance.
  • To report births, deaths, marriages, divorces, adoptions happened in the host country.
  • To inform its own citizens living abroad about the social security situation
  • To handle the military formalities and control for its own citizens liable to military service (if applicable).
  • To help its Filipino citizens in distress or other emergency situations.
  • To look after its own citizens in detention or arrest and to watch over the rule of law and fair trials.
  • To establish entry visas to foreign citizens and to inform them about immigration, residence and work permits.

It’s best to contact first the Philippine Consulate General Office if they require an appointment before processing an NBI Clearance. We have heard stories that some requires appointment and the applicant just wasted a day going to the Philippine Consulate General Office without knowing of the appointment requirement and was advised to go back after securing an appointment.

What are the requirements?

The requirements for NBI Clearance in abroad is different from what the local NBI Clearance requires. For everyone’s information, the some Philippine Consulate General Office doesn’t accept NBI Clearance Online applications. They are still doing the old and manual way where finger prints and application form are submitted.

Here’s are the complete list of the requirements when you apply NBI Clearance in Abroad:

Two pieces of your recent 2×2 photograph/id picture, with white background – The Philippine Embassy or Consular Office will ask you to write your name and signature at the back. Just to be sure, ask any NBI Clearance personnel if needed. If yes, just whip out your black ballpen and write what is needed.

A NBI Clearance fingerprint card application form – also known as NBI Form No. 5. It is given to every applicant to fill it out. The application form requires personal information such as your complete name (First, Middle and Last name), Date and Place of birth, names of the parents and others. Just like the Registration form in NBI Clearance online.

As much as possible, make sure to fill it out completely and leave no blank. Instead of leaving an blank (required) information, just write down “N/A” or Not Applicable.

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In some cases, finger printing procedure is done with the help of the host country’s Police Department. Please ask in Philippine Consulate if assistance is needed.

A Valid Identification ID (Original & Photocopy) – Most of the time, the Philippine Embassy or Consular Office asks for your valid ID and since you’re an OFW working and currently residing in another country, the best valid id you can present is your Philippine Passport. So before going to apply for your NBI Clearance, make sure to bring your Philippine Passport. Have it photocopy and prepare it for submission. You may also need to present the original Philippine Passport so don’t leave them at home.

It is also recommended that you bring a second valid ID such as your PRC ID, Driver’s License or SSS. Just to make sure they ask for another right?

How much is an NBI Clearance?

NBI Clearance Application Fee, I won’t disclose the exact amount here because the fees for NBI Clearance varies from one country to another. But don’t worry, you can get the exact NBI Clearance Application fees in the Philippine Embassy or Consular Office you’re planning to apply for your NBI Clearance. Most of the time, the related fees for NBI Clearance application are posted in a place where NBI Clearance applicants can be easily seen by interested and disinterested parties. If you can’t find it, you just need to ask. 🙂

Processing your NBI Clearance.

Though you applied for NBI Clearance in abroad, your application will still be processed in the Philippines. The applicant have two option and these are:

  1. Send all your accomplished NBI Clearance Form No.5, your Special Power of Attorney, Authorization Letter, 2×2 Photo to your authorized person currently in Philippines to process your NBI Clearance Main Building located at Taft Avenue, Manila. You’re authorized representative needs to proceed to Mailed Clearance section of the building and submit your requirements plus payment of the NBI Clearance.
  2. You can ask the Philippine Consular Office to do it for you. You just need to secured a Money Order payable to the authorized person of NBI Clearance assigned in the Philippines. You also need to pay for the courier fee for your NBI Clearance application. For more details about this option, you can ask personally the Philippine Consular Office located in the country you are currently located.

If you’re going to ask what’s the fastest option to secured you NBI Clearance, I would say that Option Number 1. The only drawback about this is if you don’t have an authorized person whom you can trust your documents to process your NBI Clearance.

For other reference related to NBI Clearance application specific to a country, you may be interested in reading the other tutorial we have written below:

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  • My wife would like to get an updated NBI Clearance. We are willing to drive from Phoenix to LA Consulate but we don’t know how to get an appointment. Do we need an appointment or can we do a walk in?
    Thank you for helping, Jim & Evelyn

    • Im not sure about this but i think there’s no need to set an appointment if you’re going to the Philippine Consular when applying for NBI Clearance while in abroad. You can also try to call the consulate so that you can ask questions about the application or if they requires an appointment.

  • hi po good day po ask ko po sana kung pwede po mg apply po sana ako nbi consolate hongkong at need ko po sana with stamp /red ribbon na po pwede po ba yun?
    at gusto ko po sana pa red ribbon yung otr at diploma ko po pwede po na dito sa philippine consolate hongkong tumatanggap.po ba.sila?

    • I believe lahat po ng tinanong nyo ay sa Philippine Consulate mo maaapply. Try nyo po tawagan ang Philippine Consulate about your questions.

  • Good morning,

    I submitted my NBI clearance request last two weeks na Po. I’m out of the country kaya 2-3weeks daw Po ang processing time.. Is there’s a possibility to wait longer than 3weeks?

  • good day, ask ko lang po kung pano ko makakakuha ulit ng NBI ng partner ko n nasa abroad. kakukuha ko lng po ngaun dec 7, kaso naiwala ko po, naiwan ko po kc sa jeep.
    pano po ako makakakuha ulit?

    • Yes, pwede pa din po ulit makakuha ng NBI Clearance pero since nasa abroad po sya, kailangan nya po pumunta sa Philippine Consulate para dun po kumuha ng NBI Clearance.

  • good day! ask lang po kung sa taiwan pwede rin maka kuha ng NBI CLEARANCE katulad sa naka saad sa instuctions nnyo? tntwg ko kasi ang Manila Economic and Cultural Office dito sa taiwan pra mag tanong sana hindi nmn sumasagot.

    • Yes po. Pwede pa din po kayo kumuha ng NBI Clearance while in Abroad or kahit na nasa Taiwan kayo. Punta lang po kayo sa Philippine Consular Office at dun po kayo magapply.

  • Gud day po ns canada po yn mother ko at need po ny nbi clerance pr po sa visa ny ipinadala n po yn mga document thru mail ask ko lng po need ko pa po bang magonline o pwd n po akong walk in nlng salamat po

    • Sa pagkakaalam ko po, hindi na po required ang NBI Clearance Online Appointment. Dapat po dala nyo ang mga documents nya. Importante po na dala nyo ang kanyang NBI Clearance Form No. 5 dahil yun po ang need nyo ipasa sa pagaaply ng isang Pilipino ng NBI Clearance while in Abroad.

  • HI,

    For same sex marriage ( 2 guys), how do we declare the status and spouse name if same sex marriage is not recognised in Philippines?

    Do we declare as single or married?

  • Hi and good day!

    With regards to this information:

    Send all your accomplished NBI Clearance Form No.5, your Special Power of Attorney, Authorization Letter, 2×2 Photo to your authorized person currently in Philippines to process your NBI Clearance Main Building located at Taft Avenue, Manila. You’re authorized representative needs to proceed to Mailed Clearance section of the building and submit your requirements plus payment of the NBI Clearance.

    If my family lives in the province where an NBI office is also present, is it okay to process such request there without going to the Taft Avenue, Manila office?

    Thank you!

    • Not sure about that. alam ko sa taft po ang processing ng nbi clearance abroad. pwede ka po maginquire. im sorry but im not familiar kung nag a accommodate ng ganyan ang satelite offices ng nbi clearance sa province.

  • Good day!

    Para po sana sa nbi clearance renewal abroad? pwede bang gamitin ung nbi clearance online website tapos papadeliver ko nalang dito sa address ko sa saudi? ang hirap pala ng nbi clearance in abroad. medyo matrabaho.

    • Gud day po ns canada po yn mother ko at need po ny nbi clerance pr po sa visa ny ipinadala n po yn mga document thru mail ask ko lng po need ko pa po bang magonline o pwd n po akong walk in nlng salamat po

  • Hello, i’m an ofw here in Saudi and i need to renew my NBI Clearance. when i renew my nbi clearance, I need to change my address and the purpose. Do i have to register in NBI Clearance online website. My NBI clearance will be expired on March. Thank you

  • bakit wala na akong makitang purpose ng nbi clearance? Dati merong For Travel abroad ngayon wala na. bakit ganon?

  • Hello I will renew my NBI Clearance in Canada can you please send me the steps on how to do it. Willing to wait for your reply, Thanks you very much.

  • Hi Sir, I just want to ask if its possible to submit all my requirements (picture, nbi form and passport) in any branch of NBI Clearance instead of going to NBI Clearance Main, Taft Avenue? Appreciate your response on my question. Thank you.

  • Hi po, possible po kaya ang same day process ng nbi clearance through my authorized person? Sa malayo pa po kasi sya manggagaling (Laguna) at sayang naman sa pamasahe kung babalik pa sya. NBI Clearance in Abroad po ang application na ito meaning sa Philippine embassy po ako nagapply at pinadala ko sa pinas ang aking mga papeles

  • Hi po sa lahat! yung mga authorized representative ng mga ofw o pilipinong nais mag apply ng nbi clearance habang nasa abroad ay hindi na kelangan kumuha ng appointment. Pwede po ang Walk in. Pero papabalikin po talaga sila after masubmit ang papers. Sa ibang araw irerelease ung NBI Clearance.

  • Nandito po ako ngayon sa Saudi Arabia at gusto ko po ang nbi clearance in abroad application gaya po ng sinulat nyo sa tutorial nyo.

  • Salamat sa info! Plano ko din magpakuha ng nbi clearance form sa consulate pero baka ako nalang mismo ang pumunta para mabilis. kailangan ko na din kasi agad agad. tanong ko lang, pwede bang sa NBI Clearance Duty free branch i submit ang papers ko?

  • Kelangan bang mag pa set ng online appointment bago pumunta ang aking representative (Father) sa NBI Clearance Main Offcie sa Taft ave o walk-in lang? nagdadalawang isip kasi kame kung pwede walk in dahil baka hindi din papasukin sa gate kasi walang appointment.

  • I just want to ask if I need to sign the blank space in the nbi clearance form before submiting it to consular?

  • Nung 2007 pa po ang huli kong kuha ng nbi clearance at gusto ko ng magparenew ngayon dahil magtatrabaho na po ulit ako. Ano po kelangan kong gawin?

    Valid pa po ba yung 2007 NBI Clearance ko as a valid ID? considered as new application po ba ito?

  • Gusto ko lang itanong kung ok lang na ipadala ko ung luma kong NBI Clearance kasama ang photo, copy of my passport at visa sa aking kapatid sa pilipinas para sila ang umasikaso ng nbi clearance application ko? wala din kasi akong time magpunta sa philippine consular eh

  • Yung nag assist sa akin na police officer sa dubai, pirma lang ang nilagay nya sa NBI Clearance Form no. 5. Okay lang po ba yun? Walang full name at designation?

  • Salamat po sa pagshare ng tutorial na to! Kaso meron akong problema. meron akong nbi clearance na valid hanggang september 2018. Ang kaso eh yung company na inaapplyan ko eh gusto akong kumuha ng bago dahil daw merong gap between kung kelan naissue at yung araw na dumating ako dito sa abroad. Willing naman ako sumunod sa requirements, ang tanong ko lang po eh pwede bang etong nbi clearance na hawak ko ang gawin kong valid ID? pwede po bang scanned copy nalang ng NBI form number 5 ang ibigay ko sa mga relatives ko sa pinas?

  • How much po ang bayad pag ganitong proseso? Yung nasa abroad ang applicant at authorized representative ang magpoprocess?

  • Share ko lang ang experience ko. Nagawa ko na ang lahat ng steps at pinadala ko sa aking kapatid na nasa pinas. Sya ang inutusan kong magprocess ng NBI Clearance ko habang nasa abroad ako. Ako na mismo ang nag mail sa address namin. Nung natanggap nya, hindi na sya nagpaschedule ng appointment. direcho agad sya sa NBI Taft ave kinabukasan at nagwalk in lang sya. Note, kapag NBI Clearance abroad, pwede na walkin applicant. Nung nasa mailed section na po sya, kinuha na lahat ng requirements at pinabalik nalang sya ng ibang araw. Dahil po ata may hit ako. yun lang.

  • magkano daw ang pamasahe papuntang nbi clearance main office taft avenue galing ng novaliches.
    Inutusan ko kasi ang lolo ko na sya na ang kumuha para sa akin ng NBI Clearance dahil andito ako sa indonesia. ang problema nya eh may pasok daw sya (nagaaral ulit kasi sya ng 3rd course nya sa PUP na economics).
    ang question ko lang eh kung meron pa bang discount sa pamasahe ang student kung 65 years old na sya pero nagaaral pa? kung oo, anong discount ang ihohonor ng ordinary bus, senior citizen o student? maraming salamat po.

  • Open ba pag weekends ang nbi clearance? Isusubmit ko lang sana ang application form ng kamaganak kong nasa abroad.

  • Pwede na po bang kumuha ng nbi clearance ang aking anak na 14 years old? Nandito na po kame sa Japan ngayon at matatagalan pa ang aming paguwi.


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