NBI Clearance in the Philippines

Philippines
September 26, 2011 12:07am CST
To my Filipino friends, i would be applying for a visa for my China trip and they would be requiring an NBI clearance. How was the NBI clearance experience lately? Does it come easy and fast now? Please advise.
7 responses
@Metatronik (5909)
• Pasay, Philippines
26 Sep 11
I have read the comments here before I have posted and since nobody else had told you on where is the BEST PLACE to get the NBI clearance then now you must believe me of where you should get it. First of all since we have heard the news regarding the renewal of contract about NBI Clearance, we are all back to 0. Even if you are just planning to renew your NBI clearance or a first timer applicant the bottomline here right now is we are going to apply all over again. And according to the first one who have posted here it is actually true that lines are really horrible in other centers where you are going to get the NBI clearance. I am reading and hearing stories about their experiences of long lines. Especially in main office of NBI, people are lining up as early as midnight then spent their one whole day just to get that pieces of paper. To the extent that others are already sleeping outside and eating their meals there. The frustrating part there is that you fall in line at the early morning then at times you might reached the cut off, I mean it is either the security guard will tell you that you should go back tomorrow or you are going to finish the process by 5:00 in the afternoon. There are other centers that wouldn't accommodate you anymore if you went there by 5:00 in the morning because again they have already reached the quota for them to make the cut off. So here we go on where is the BEST PLACE to get the NBI Clearance. You must go in Robinson's Otis that is located in Paz M Guanzon St. Paco Manila. TRUST ME! I went there around 7:00 in the morning then finished all the process by 10:30 in the morning. The process was only less than 20 to 30 minutes. Don't bother to go elsewhere because that 7:00 am would be worthless, either you are going to finish by the afternoon or worst case if you can't be accommodated anymore. During the time I applied for the clearance last July, I am already hearing lots of stories regarding their worst experiences. Others went to their respective City Halls but unfortunately they weren't accommodated by 2:00 am. While others went to Robinson's Place Manila located in Pedro Gil around 5:00 am but the guard told them they can't be accommodated anymore because of the cut off. Even in Robinson's Galleria the lines were too long as well. I was about to go in Robinson's Place during that time because that is the nearest place in our home but due to my stomach ache I didn't bother to go out and I already asked my dad to bring me in Robinson's Otis if I am still at home by 6:00 in the morning. You see? if my stomach ache didn't happened then that is going to be frustrating on my part that I can't be accommodated during that time? And again! Robinson's Otis is the easiest process to get your NBI clearance. You can bring two valid ID's just to be safe but during the time I went there they didn't even ask for my ID's. And when you fill up the form you will see the REFLECTION! That is actually a typographical mistake because what they are asking for is RELIGION. Just take note of that because it is important and so that you are ready to write your religion. I can advise you to go there in the early morning of weekdays, since they don't have weekends. To make sure that the whole process will be done early before the lunch time. Remember there is no such thing as renewal already and they are not issuing ID already. They are starting this process by 8:00 in the morning.
@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
26 Sep 11
WHAT?? They don't care about the IDs anymore? What a sham! Seriously! The one who overhauled NBI's system is STUPID!!! I work in the IT industry and I know for a fact that you shouldn't throw away the database! C'mon! I think the one they hired to change the system is a newbie that cost millions of dollars to implement, and then did a lousy job at it. Sorry I'm really pissed off, especially since I know that using the old databases is possible. They're just to lazy to transfer it! SHEESH!
• Pasay, Philippines
26 Sep 11
Not really they don't care but they just didn't ask me to show my ID. But still the applicants must bring their ID because it is important. I don't know what's with the staff during that time or maybe she just have forgotten to ask for my ID.
• Philippines
30 Sep 11
@knicnax I agree with you. Database is very crucial in all agencies so it must backup at all times.
@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
26 Sep 11
I applied for my NBI clearance twice only and it's for local use only. First time was when the head office was still in Carriedo. We went there and applied for our NBI clearance. Line wasn't that long (or it wasn't as long as we expected). Since we were absolute newbies it took a long time to process. It took us 3 to 4 hours to finish. If you already have an NBI clearance then it makes things a little bit faster. The second time I applied for one, took me 2-3 hours only. My tip, Go to a satellite office that isn't to crowded. Get there early in the morning. Once you have successfully applied for an NBI clearance, apply for a card as well. It will make renewing your NBI clearance easier since you can use the NBI vendo machine for your transactions. It also serves as a secondary ID
• Pasay, Philippines
26 Sep 11
That is not the case right now knicnax, either you are renew or first time applicant you are going to apply the NBI clearance all over again because they already renew their contractor. It means that you are going to fill up a form again but at least as I remember when I applied in July this year it only took me 30 minutes or more to finish the process. They are not issuing NBI renewal card but just the paper. I don't know of what do you mean by satellite office but most likely if that is the main office then that is too much crowded in the sense of lining up by midnight then finishes it by afternoon.
• Philippines
1 Oct 11
Their satellite office is for renewal only but if this is your first time to apply for NBI clearance then you should go to Monumento branch since Carriedo branch is closed. I used to renew my NBI clearance at Antipolo branch since it's not really congested there.
@romscabs (311)
• Philippines
26 Sep 11
Thank you for starting this topic. When I applied for my NBI clearance 3 months ago, it was like a hell of an experience. The queue was long and the people from NBI office belong to the most horrible office to deal with in the country. You have to prepare for a long line. So make sure you arrive at the NBI office before the sun comes. After I finished the queue and waited for another few hours for the result, I was told that I was a HIT. It was a shocker for me because I was told that when you are a HIT, that means that someone else out there with the same name has a case or has created a criminal activities. I was told to come back after 3 weeks because they still have to verify my status in Manila. When I went to the NBI after 3 weeks they told me again to come back next week because my papers didn't arrive yet. Finally after over a month I got my NBI. At least now you can picture the situation. Be prepared. And eat some patience LOL
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• Pasay, Philippines
26 Sep 11
So where did you apply your NBI clearance? Tell other people to apply in Robinsons Otis to avoid the worst case scenario. I am glad that I was able to ask other people of where is the easiest place to issue the NBI clearance.
@romscabs (311)
• Philippines
26 Sep 11
Got my NBI in Cebu City.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
26 Sep 11
If you're only going for a renewal, then it's now easy because you could locate an NBI kiosk and your clearance would be renewed in a jiffy. Well, as long as your barcode can be read by the machine. Unfortunately for me, the scanner could not scan the barcode, so, they sent me to the main office at Caloocan. But, I don't have time and I heard that the queu there is endless. So, I haven't got my clearance yet (fortunately HR has forgotten that I haven't submitted my NBI clearance ) But, if you're applying for the first time, whew...different story. I think you need to go through the long queu.
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• Pasay, Philippines
26 Sep 11
Not anymore, even if you are renewal the bottomline here is renew or newbie are back to zero. Meaning you are going to apply all over again and there is no such thing as renewal ID card. You can only use that for other purposes but not when it comes for renewal of ID wherein there is a machine that can read the barcode. The process is different already.
@iRiZkiE (68)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
based from my husband's friend, when he was trying to renew his NBI clearance because he was planning to work abroad...he had to do it like he did it on the first time he processed for such papers,,,he had to undergo all the previous processes and had to wait for a couple of days to get the result.
@voracious (624)
• Philippines
30 Sep 11
It really much better if they will allow us to apply for a nbi clearance via online for faster service and no need to fall in line.
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
26 Sep 11
I got my NBI clearance last year in 30 mins. or less. If you go in between weekdays you can get it fast. Also if your lastname is not ordinary one you can get it fast too. I get it faster than a few years ago.