How to get an NBI Clearance while in Abroad?


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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.

Read: Step by Step Guide on How to NBI Clearance Online Registration

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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  • Can foreigners (non-Filipino) also get NBI Clearance from the Philippine Embassy or Consular Offices? This is for employment purposes in PH.

  • if i will send the document to my authorized person, does it need to be process sa main branch Manila or pwd sa local nbi and just show the documents from the consulate? kasi nababasa ko sa Manila i process daw main nbi pag ofw, ang layo sa amin

    or pwd bang option is umuwi ako then ako nlng kuha kahit status of ofw na? dadalawang isip kasi ako, baka pag uwi ko di pala pwd.
    mejo naguguluhan din ako.

    need an nbi for my canadian application. currently in Singapore. so malapit lapit lng.
    pls help

    • Hindi po ba via Authorized Representative yong application nyo po?

      Nong nag-apply po ako, nagprangka po sakin yong Embassy na wag ko daw po ipadala deretso don sa address na nakalagay sa instructions ng NBI website kasi either matambakan lang sya ng ibang applications, or possible din na mawala.

      Highly recommended po na via Authorized Representative dahil 5days after submission lang po ang processing, then releasing na.

      Yong akin po via representative, Jan 22 nagpunta representative ko then Jan 27 nareleased. Pina-FedEx ko papunta dito USA, then andito na sya after 3days.

  • Dati mahaba pila, ngayon naman pinapapunta ka nila sa labas sa harap mismo ng NBI para magonline gamit phone nila then u need to pay 75 pesos, then bigyan ka small paper nakalagay name mo at ang reference no to pay sa 7-11… Nagask ako ngreceipt di daw sila ngbibigay ng receipt. nasa tapat pa mismo ng NBI

    • Ganon na po talaga ngayon ang pagkuha ng NBI Clearance, required na po na gumawa ka muna ng Profile online tapos schedule ka ng appointment. May reference number, yon ang gagamitin mo para magbayad sa partners nila gaya ng 7/11. May 25 na electonic fee kaya instead na 130 lang ay magiging 155 then plus 15 na charge ng 7/11 magiging 170 lahat ng babayaran mo sa 7/11. Yong sayo kaya ka hindi binigyan ng resibo kasi overpricing. Lolz… ang importante kasi yong reference number dahil makikita don sa profile mo mismo if paid na or hindi pa.

      Thank God nairaos ko yong akin. Napakahirap kapag overseas dahil ang instructions na makikita mo online ay misleading. Sasabihin na ganito ganyan, tapos d naman pala.

  • Dear NBI

    Or refer to this link below with step by step procedure

  • Dear Kat:
    My wife and I are very grateful for your assistance and cooperation, it seems that it will take a miracle to get the NBI for my wife from Philippine, when in fact it should be a very simple process.
    First time the NBI office in Cebu told my sister in law that SPA is not accepted in Cebu and she should go to Manila to apply for the NBI, then they told her that the fingerprints should be signed by the Police Department in Amman, this morning we went to the Philippine Embassy in Amman-Jordan and they told us that we do not need to sign the finger prints by the police department in Amman but we should include a police clearance record for my wife from Jordan and submit it together with the NBI application in Cebu. We will comply and hopefully this will be the end of it.

    My wife and I would like to wish you and all Filipinos a Happy Independence day, and for this great occasion, my wife and I will attend a celebration at the Philippine Embassy in Amman tomorrow morning at 8:00 am Jordan local time.

    Have a grate holiday and please accept my apology and regards.

    Taiesir Alfanek

  • HI!
    Im JOSEFINE BAUTISTA SMITH im living in Australia with my husband JOHN AUGUSTUS THOMAS SMITH and MY 2 boys. We are required to get our NBI clearance both me and my husband who lived in the Philippines for some time for our permanent residency which is the only requirement we dont have and been waiting for.
    We have applied for the NBI clearance in Brisbane consulate all done and paid. We have sent all our documents including payments for the return of both me and my husband’s clearance via AUSTRALIA POST, last May 7th of 2019. I have checked the tracking bec, we used the INTL EXPRESS AUS POST AND REGISTERED, so we are able to track the our mail apparently as of today it still waiting for clearance at the Iternational arrival? which we dont understand? it has been 9 days after the 13th, We were expeting it to be arriving here in Australia within this week because as Ive read it takes 5 days to process it there in NBI Manila.
    We sent it through MS. SANDRA P. SOBIDA, through Mailed Clearance Section. We called her office several times but they hung up on us every time we call? It will be a long tone thru the operator putting us to another department.
    All we wanted to know is where can we get our NBI CLEARANCE BACK? Please accommodate us, this is the only document we are waiting for to be a permanent resident here in Australia. Kindly help us. We’ve done all the necessary requirements and payments and sent to the right address and as far as I’m concerned we don’t have criminal records to be denied of the clearance.
    This is our second application the first one looks like got lost i don’t know how,
    We have spent a lot twice already?
    Can you please contact UN AVE, ERMITA where we submitted our documents??
    We tried many times couldt reach them.

    I would highly apreciate it if you could help us with this query, and well be waiting for your response.


    Thank you very much.


    • Helloo did you get your NBi Clearance?any update? Im here in brazil now so im planning to get Nbi this month and i dont know what the procedures are i dont have any relatives in did you send it directly to the main office in manila? Tnx


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