PROCEDURE IN APPLYING FOR A NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (NBI) CLEARANCE FOR FILIPINOS WORKING/ RESIDING ABROAD OR FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS WHO HAVE RESIDED IN THE PHILIPPINES (ISSUANCE OF ANTECEDENTES CRIMINAIS)
A. THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN BRAZIL DOES NOT ISSUE NBI CLEARANCES FOR FILIPINO CITIZENS RESIDING IN BRAZIL, COLOMBIA, SURINAME OR GUYANA.
B. ONLY THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (NBI) IN THE PHILIPPINES, THROUGH ITS MAIN OFFICE IN MANILA OR SATELLITE OFFICES, IS AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE NBI CLEARANCES.
C. IF THE FILIPINO CITIZEN IS RESIDING ABROAD, HE OR SHE CAN APPLY FOR AN NBI CLEARANCE THROUGH A RELATIVE OR FRIEND IN THE PHILIPPINES. THE EMBASSY DOES NOT REQUEST NBI CLEARANCES ON BEHALF OF FILIPINO CITIZENS RESIDING IN BRAZIL.
D. IN BRAZIL, THE NBI CLEARANCE IS THE PRIMARY DOCUMENT THAT IS ACCEPTED BY THE POLICIA FEDERAL AS EQUIVALENT TO THE “ANTECEDENTES CRIMINAIS.”
A. If you have been living abroad since 1998, and you were previously issued an NBI Clearance, you need to renew your NBI Clearance in accordance with the following steps:
- Just send your previously issued clearance directly to the NBI Main Office in Manila, attach a latest copy of your 2”x 2” photograph (white background), taken within three (3) months and enclose a Money Order in the sum of Php 200.00 or any currency/bankdraft of its equivalent which is negotiable in the Philippines payable to the Director, National Bureau of Investigation, Taft Avenue, Ermita 1000 Manila, Philippines.
- You may also send your authorized representative ( a relative or a friend) in any of the following Offices:
- NBI Clearance Center in Carriedo
- NBI Satellite Offices
- NBI Regional / District Offices
To process your NBI Clearance, together with your previously issued clearance, attach a latest copy of your 2”x 2” photograph (white background), taken within three (3) months. Update the information that needs to be updated. The NBI accepts changes in address and purpose, or else write the Same Data if there are no changes. If there would be changes in your NAME, DATE OF BIRTH and PLACE OF BIRTH, the NBI will require you to fill-up a new application form and attach a photocopy of your birth certificate.
B. If you have not been previously issued an NBI Clearance, you need to accomplish a Fingerprint Card Form and follow the procedures below:
- Request for Fingerprint Card Form from the Philippine Embassy in Brasilia. NOTE: The said card is free but, if mailing is needed, please consult the table of fees for proper guidance using this link: http://philembassybrasilia.org/portal/index.php/consular-and-other-services/schedule-of-fees.
- Upon receipt of the Fingerprint Card Form from the Embassy, you must fill up the personal data completely on both sides of the card truthfully and legibly.
- Request the police agency or authority in your locality to have your fingerprints impressed (ROLLED IMPRESSION) on the appropriate spaces. The officer/person who fingerprinted you should sign his name and state his official designation on the space provided for the purpose in the card. Should the police agency request a prior endorsement from the Embassy or Consulate before it could take the fingerprints, please notify the Embassy or Consulate at the soonest possible time.
For those who would like to personally appear at the Embassy, the process for fingerprinting may be completed before a Consular Officer of the Embassy. There will be no need to go to a police agency if the applicant personally appears at the Embassy.
- In case you are a married woman, the order of writing your name is as follows:
a. Your maiden surname (father’s surname)
b. Your husband’s surname
c. Your first name or given name
d. Your maternal surname (family name of your mother)
Attach a latest copy of your 2”x2” photograph (white background), taken within three (3) months before this application at the appropriate box in the fingerprint card form.
Upon completion of foregoing procedures, please send your form through an authorized representative (a relative or a friend) in the Philippines or directly to the National Bureau of Investigation and enclose a Money Order in the sum of Php 200.00 or any currency/bankdraft of its equivalent which is negotiable in the Philippines payable to the Director, National Bureau of Investigation, Taft Avenue, Ermita 1000 Manila, Philippines.
Your authorized representative or the National Bureau of Investigation, as the case may be, will mail to you the corresponding clearance certificate after the NBI has completed the processing of your application papers.
C. Upon receipt of your clearance certificate, you or your authorized representative must examine it to verify the presence of the embossed NBI DRY SEAL at its lower left portion, the clearance is invalid without it. Also, you must affix your clear and properly taken THUMBPRINT on the space provided for it in the clearance certificate before submitting it to your end-user, otherwise, your clearance will be subjected for further verification/authentication and may cause the delay in the processing of your immigration requirements.
D. After the NBI Clearance is issued, your authorized representative (a relative or a friend) must submit it to the Brazilian Embassy in Manila (or the concerned Embassy in Manila of the country where the clearance will be submitted) FOR AUTHENTICATION. Questions regarding the procedures and requirements for authentication of documents must be requested and directed to the Brazilian Embassy in Manila.
For foreign nationals (non-Filipino citizens), they must inquire with their respective Embassies or Consulates in the Philippines or with the Embassy or Consulate of the country requiring the Clearance as to the procedure for authenticating the NBI Clearance, if this is required by the authorities of the country concerned.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND QUESTIONS REGARDING NBI CLEARANCES, PLEASE CONTACT THE NBI AT THE FOLLOWING:
Telephone Number +63 2 523 8231 local 5523
YOU MAY ALSO CONTACT THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY AT +55 61 3224 8694 OR +55 61 3223 5143 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.