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For those based outside the Philippines like me, here's the procedure to apply for NBI Clearance. Nag-email kasi ako sa NBI asking them kung possible mag-apply ng NBI clearance without flying back to pinas. Here's their reply:
NBI clearance is now processing under it's new system. All applicants are treated as new. Please secure and accomplish NBI form 5 at the Philipppine Consulate General Office where you are. Attach your latest 2x2 photo.
Mail to: MS. JULIE MACALIT Mailed Clearance Section National Bureau of Investigation Taft Ave., Ermita Manila 1000
Enclose Money Order in the amount of Php200.00 Philippine currency or bank draft which is negotiable in the Philippines payable to the NBI Director.
The following accredited banks are: Philippine National Bank (PNB) Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Co. (HSBC) ANZ (A New Zealand Bank) Metrobank Bank of the Philippine Islands(BPI)
NBI will mail to you the corresponding clearance certificate after it has processed your application papers. Processing of application normally takes a maximum(5) days excluding days of transit.
If mailed to a relative/friend in the Philippines, attached an authorization letter authorizing him/her to transact in your behalf, a photocopy of your passport, and an old nbi clearance for references. Tell them to proceed to the above mentioned address for further assistance.
Regards, NBCS TEAM
Occupation: Analyst Programmer (ANZSCO Code 261311) May 21 2012 - lodged visa 176 (NSW) online application May 30 2012 - CO allocation Jul 16 2012 - Visa Granted! (IED Deadline: May 16, 2013) Jan 19 2013 - Arrived in Sydney Jan 20 2013 - Started our job hunt Mar 11 2013 - Officially became a "HOUSE-BAND" :) Apr 22 2013 - End of my "HOUSE-BAND" career :)