NBI Clearance for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Expats: A Comprehensive Guide

May 9, 2023 0 By NBI

An NBI Clearance is a vital document for both local and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), as well as expats residing in the Philippines. It serves as proof that the individual has no criminal record, making it an essential requirement for various purposes such as employment, visa applications, and other official transactions. Obtaining an NBI Clearance while abroad may seem challenging, but with the right guidance and resources, the process can be smooth and efficient. This article will provide a comprehensive guide on how to obtain an NBI Clearance for OFWs and expats.

NBI Clearance Requirements for OFWs and Expats

The requirements for obtaining an NBI Clearance for OFWs and expats may slightly differ from those for local applicants. In general, the required documents include:

  1. A duly accomplished NBI Clearance application form (NBI Form No. 5), which can be obtained from the nearest Philippine embassy or consulate or downloaded from the NBI website.
  2. Two recent 2×2 inch passport-size photographs with a white background, showing the applicant’s front view, bareheaded.
  3. A photocopy of the applicant’s valid passport (data page only).
  4. Additional identification documents as required by the specific embassy or consulate.

Obtaining NBI Clearance for OFWs and Expats: Step-by-Step Process

  1. Secure the necessary forms and documents: Obtain the NBI Clearance application form (NBI Form No. 5) from the nearest Philippine embassy or consulate or download it from the NBI website. Prepare the required documents as mentioned above.
  2. Complete the application form: Fill out the NBI Form No. 5 with the necessary personal information, ensuring that all details are accurate and legible.
  3. Visit the Philippine embassy or consulate: Schedule an appointment and submit the completed application form, photographs, and other required documents to the nearest Philippine embassy or consulate. You may also need to provide your fingerprints, which will be taken by an authorized embassy or consulate personnel.
  4. Pay the processing fee: Pay the required NBI Clearance processing fee at the embassy or consulate. The fee may vary depending on the location and currency.
  5. Mail the application to the NBI: The Philippine embassy or consulate will forward your application to the NBI for processing. Alternatively, you may send the application yourself via a reliable courier service. In this case, include a self-addressed envelope and the appropriate international reply coupons to cover the cost of mailing the clearance back to you.
  6. Wait for the NBI Clearance: Once the NBI receives your application, they will process it and mail the clearance to the address you provided. The processing time may vary, so it’s essential to factor in potential delays when planning your application.
  7. Addressing a “hit” while abroad: In case your application encounters a “hit” (a possible name match with an existing criminal record), the NBI may require you to submit additional documentation or undergo further verification. The embassy or consulate will guide you through the necessary steps to resolve the issue.


Obtaining an NBI Clearance for OFWs and expats may seem daunting, but with proper preparation and guidance, the process can be efficient and manageable. By following the steps outlined in this guide and seeking assistance from the nearest Philippine embassy or consulate, OFWs and expats can successfully secure their NBI Clearance and meet the requirements for their respective purposes.

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