WHY DO YOU NEED NBI CLEARANCE? OUR FILIPINO LAWYER CAN HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE OF NBI CLEARANCE

Sometimes, both foreign nationalities and Filipinos get confused with regards to the purpose and use of a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance also known as the Philippine police clearance. AJ Law LLP has answers to the most common questions about police clearances from our clients in order to resolve your problems and concerns with the aforementioned government-issued clearance.

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NBI Clearance vs. Police Clearance:

A government document issued to a person upon request is the NBI Clearance. This certifies that the person concerned is not involved in any pending criminal proceedings in the Philippines at the time of the submission. An NBI Clearance also reflects if a person has criminal records in the Philippines. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada uses the generic term Police Clearance from the Philippines in its website as a requirement for a person who has stayed in the Philippines for at least a period of 6 months upon reaching the age of 18 years old. Unlike the local Police Clearance from the Philippines (which is restricted to a specific area), the entire Philippines is covered by an NBI Clearance. On its request, the NBI Clearance of an individual is valid for one year and should be used within that period.

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What is an NBI Clearance for:

During the application process, every person aspiring to work abroad needs to secure several documents. One of which is the Clearance Certificate from the NBI. It is typically one of the conditions to be submitted by an applicant prior to leaving the country. Separate forms of NBI clearances have existed for various purposes in the past, such as local jobs, overseas employment, travel abroad and visa applications. These are only some of the potential uses, and there are several more uses for an NBI Clearance. Generally speaking, always getting a valid NBI Clearance on hand is a smart idea if you are actively looking for employment or if you have an on-going application with the IRCC since it usually requires several personal days off for the period of time it takes to go through the process of requesting one.

How to process an NBI Clearance:

Regularly, a person has to book an appointment with the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto (currently not entertaining non-urgent matters because of the recently imposed lockdown), go there on the date of appointment, pay for the form and have his or her fingerprints done, send the form to a friend or relative in the Philippines for processing there, have them send it back to Canada, thereby incurring expensive courier/shipping fees in the process. However, AJ Law LLP has a team that can readily help you to save your personal days off and use those days instead to spend your precious time with your family or to be productive at work.

What are the requirements for the processing of an NBI Clearance:


  • Photocopy of the information page of your valid passport (original to be presented)
  • Recent 2in x 2in colored photo (taken within the last 3 months)
  • Fingerprints by an accredited RCMP agent, as applicable
  • Accomplished and duly signed NBI Form No. 5

How to process an NBI Clearance:

Regularly, a person has to book an appointment with the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto (currently not entertaining non-urgent matters because of the recently imposed lockdown), go there on the date of appointment, pay for the form and have his or her fingerprints done, send the form to a friend or relative in the Philippines for processing there, have them send it back to Canada, thereby incurring expensive courier/shipping fees in the process. However, AJ Law LLP has a team that can readily help you to save your personal days off and use those days instead to spend your precious time with your family or to be productive at work.

What are the requirements for the processing of an NBI Clearance:


  • Photocopy of the information page of your valid passport (original to be presented)
  • Recent 2in x 2in colored photo (taken within the last 3 months)
  • Fingerprints by an accredited RCMP agent, as applicable
  • Accomplished and duly signed NBI Form No. 5
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What to do if you have a HIT:

Persons who applied and rendered a HIT status are typically made to wait for 5 to 10 days. These days were used by the NBI Investigators to carefully verify if the derogatory record truly belongs to the applicant of to a person who shares a similar name as the applicant. An NBI HIT is usually reflected when a person has a pending criminal or administrative case or record in the Philippine courts, tribunal, the Office of the Ombudsman, Sandiganbayan or any quasi-judicial or administrative bodies. Most often than not, the applicant has to execute an Affidavit of Explanation why he or she has that HIT. AJ Law can help you even when these instances have occurred.

How can AJ Law LLP help:

How can our Filipino Lawyer and team help you? Applying for NBI Clearance Internationally can be a little hard and stressful. We at AJ Law LLP have the manpower and knowhow needed to be able to help you get the NBI Clearance that you require. If you have a HIT, we can give you a consultation about your application for free. You can contact us at our phone: +1 (416) 409-5991 or via email: [email protected] We are strategically located at 160 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 406, Toronto, ON, in same building as the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto.