How to get or apply an NBI Clearance in Dubai, UAE

September 15, 2018 10:07 am

Application of NBI Clearance in Dubai? Is it possible? I’ve been living here in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) for about ten (10) months already and getting an NBI Clearance here didn’t crossed my mind. I just thought that I won’t be needing NBI Clearance anymore since I’m already employed to a great multinational company here in Dubai. They won’t ask me to provide one, right?

But as unforeseeable events transpired, my family in the Philippines request me to provide them a copy of my NBI Clearance. My first question is this:

How can I get NBI Clearance in Dubai?

Since I’m new here in this place, I didn’t know how to secure this government issued document. If I were in the Philippines, I can easily set an appointment with the NBI Clearance Online website and have my clearance processed. Or, I can go to the Philippine Consulate and start asking questions there but I’m not comfortable wasting one day if I will get an NBI Clearance the same day or went home empty handed.

So what I did was start combing the internet and Dubai Based OFW forums related to getting an NBI Clearance while in Abroad. Luckily, I happen to land in NBI Clearance website and it mentions that every Filipino based in abroad can also apply for an NBI Clearance.

You may be interested reading our tutorial about NBI Online Registration

As noted in the website, NBI Clearance can be obtained in their respective Philippine Consulate or Philippine Embassy in every country. Filipinos working or living abroad can easily get their NBI Clearances without the hassle! All they have to do is visit the nearest Philippine Consulate or Philippine Embassy and have their NBI Clearance processed.

Before I start discussing, I need to inform you that applying for an NBI Clearance while you’re in abroad is not a one day process thing. You’ll know the reasons why when you get to read the entire article.

What are the requirements in getting an NBI Clearance in Dubai?

The requirements for the NBI Clearance when you applied in abroad is almost the same with if you applied in the Philippines. In getting an NBI Clearance, you need the following as an NBI Clearance requirement for your application. These are the following:

  • NBI Form No. 5 and SPA Form
  • A 2” x 2” photograph with white background. The photo should be taken within three (3) months.
  • Original and Photocopy of your Passport and your VISA
  • Payment of 340 AED

For NBI Form No. 5, don’t worry about this, you can simply get this NBI Clearance document in Philippine Consulate. Please note that the NBI Form No. 5 is for free, you don’t have to pay anything. Just ask nicely 

What are the steps in getting an NBI Clearance?

I’ll discuss each steps so it would be clear to all so you’ll not get lost when you also apply for one.

Before we start, I’d like to inform you that you need to go you need to go to the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai. The complete address is Villa No. 234-851, Beirut Street, Al Qusais 3 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates with telephone numbers +971 4 2207100.

My advice is before going to the Philippine Consulate General, it’s best to call them first if you need an appointment for NBI Clearance Online processing.

1. Once you arrived in Philippine Consulate in Dubai, don’t waste any second. Ask where you can get the NBI Clearance Form No. 5 and people will be glad to help you.

2. Fill up the said document completely. Make sure to avoid any erasures. Though they’re not strict, just make sure that you erase your mistakes cleanly. You must use black ball pen when writing on the forms.

The NBI Clearance Form No. 5 requires every applicant to provide their personal information such as your Name, Birthday, Gender, Present Address and other stuffs. Its very easy, it will only take me 15 minutes to finish the entire form.

After finishing up with the application form, don’t put your thumb mark (finger prints) yet! There’s a separate step for that.

3. Now you’re done filling up the application form, it’s time to put the 2×2 photograph of yours in the space provided in NBI Clearance Form No. 5.

4. Now this part is solely for the purpose of the thumb mark portion of the NBI Clearance application form. You need to ask the assistance or endorsement of the consulate general/Police Agency to have your fingerprints impressed (Rolled Impression) on the assigned spaces in the application form. After you’re done impressing your finger prints, you need to make sure that the person who assisted you have signed his/her name and stated his/her official designation on the space provided in NBI Form No. 5.

Again you need to ask where you need to go to have your finger prints on the form. As for my experience, they asked me to go to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Dubai located just accross Al Mulla Plaza. The said government office of Dubai will handle the finger printing of your NBI Clearance form. Note that there are fees to be paid here for the finger printing. This costs you AED 110.

5. You’re almost done in your journey! The next step is to go back to the Philippine Consulate and pay the necessary fees. You’ll be asked to pay AED 200 for the Special Power of Attorney (SPA) and for NBI clearance.

It’s also advised that you bring two to three photocopies of your Valid Philippine Passport as it is need for your NBI Clearance Application.

6. After your paying all the fees, the Cashier will give you an official receipt. Make sure to keep it. The Official receipt will also tell you the date of release of your NBI Clearance. In my experience, I got my NBI Clearance after seven (7) days. It was delivered to my doorstep.

You have two option, either you send all your papers to the Philippines where your authorized representative will personally process your NBI Clearance in NBI Clearance Main Office ORyou let the Philippine Consulate General Office process it for you.

So there you have it! If you want to know anything about getting NBI Clearance in Dubai or what to know how to apply NBI Clearance Online, just leave me a comment down below!

Thank you and have a great day!

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56 thoughts on “How to get or apply an NBI Clearance in Dubai, UAE

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  • gulfam says:

    are you in UAE still? Can i have your WhatsApp to clear my doubts about NBI clearance Please?

  • Agnes says:

    Hi. I’ve also applied for nbi clearance here in abu Dhabi but they didn’t gave me a copy of spa. Kung nagbayad po kayo para sa spa edi kayo din po ba yubg nagsend ng documents sa pinas?

    • Kimpot says:

      Hello. What is the Special Power of attorney for?
      Same question din po aq. What if ako na mismo magsend sa representative q sa pinas? Can i ditch the step na bumalik after fingerprinting? Punta nlng aq LBC???

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  • Chubby Rover says:

    my fiancé is a Filipino and has worked in Dubai for two (2) years, She recently move back home to the Philippine. I submitted an I-129F for a fiances visa with USCIS and was told by a friend that we need a NBI clearance from Dubai and that she need this document with her when she go for her interview in Manila at US Embassy along with several require documents: Can she apply for a NBI Clearance online from the Philippine? If so, which web-site or steps do she take to apply and receive a NBI Clearance Certificate? your help in this matter is much appreciated! I can be reach my email below. Thank you for your help!

    • jen&aaron says:

      Hi! I processed here in Dubai too but they require NBI from the Philippines and police clearance from here. If she’s already in the Philippines then she can get an NBI there. If her friend meant police clearance, they require an active emirates ID in order for her to get one here.

  • May Vanneza says:

    Hi, I would like to check if the NBI Clearance Application form No. 5 itself that was stamped by the police and where the fingerprints are would be the NBI clearance? Would it be different print out as in the Philippines?

  • Kaye says:

    Hi just wanna know if this Nbi clearance is also the \good conduct certificate”which is the new rule here in uae to give work permit for those who seek jobs.”””

    • Charlene says:

      Same question with kaye. Please send some help. Thanks.

  • Rovijane says:

    Hi, do I need to register in poea before getting these?

  • den says:

    I just recently quit my job January 7 2018, if I have a new employer do I need to provide NBI clearance before they can process the visa for me? Because someone told me, since its not more than 6 months past from my last employer I don’t need to provide one. Can you please clarify this for me? Thank you

  • Sharlaine says:

    Good day,

    What time do I have to be there in Philippine Consulate and also in CID? Is there a queuing system?

    Thank you

  • Anne says:

    Hi Good evening, Is it possible to process the NBI directly in the philippines without going to philippine consulate here in dubai? I currently residing in dubai but i just want to clarify if my cousin can get and process my nbi in the Philippines.

  • Alyzza says:

    Hi, on the last part ” You have two option, either you send all your papers to the Philippines where your authorized representative will personally process your NBI Clearance in NBI Clearance Main Office ORyou let the Philippine Consulate General Office process it for you.”

    Can you tell me the process and fee if I wanted to ask Phil Consulate to do the complete the processing of the NBI clearance (rather than asking a rep from PH)? Thank you v much.

    • Kat Delano says:

      Hi Alyzza, based on my research. Its 340 AED but possible na magbago na ung price ng application fee ng NBI Clearance in Dubai. This includes fingerprinting fee, NBI clearance processing, Special power of attorney, and courier fees

  • just says:

    So possible po na ang consulate na ang mag process ng nbi clearance dito sa dubai without asking anyone to process it in the philippines basta ma complete ung required na papers na need nila? ?

    • Hanna Talag says:

      Hello, may I know if we need to have an online application for the NBI process here in Dubai? And one more thing do I need the original passport to get NBI?

      Thank you

    • Hanna Talag says:

      Hello, may I know if we need to have an online application for the NBI process here in Dubai? And one more thing do I need the original passport to get NBI?

      Thank you

      • Kat Delano says:

        No. No need for NBI Clearance Online Application. Just go to Philippine Consulate in Dubai. and Yes, you need the original Passport and other valid IDs as a requirement in NBI Clearance Application.

  • Gen says:

    Hi. I have done all the process and sent NBI form and SPA to the Philippines. We are from Bicol and we NBI office in Naga City. Is it possible to process the NBI clearance there or it should be just in the MAIN OFFICE in Manila? Thank you in advance for the response.

    • Kat Delano says:

      Main office lang po ang processing ng application ng NBI Clearance abroad.

  • Crishell says:

    Hi. Your online renewal is temporarily not available. When will it become available? I have my nbi from October 2018 and is still valid but my application requires latest at least issued within 3 months. I am in Dubai and don’t want to spend a big amount just to have it renewed. The cost here is 200 aed – this is just for SPA which takes about 7 days to collect and an appointment available only after 2 weeks, then need to send it by courier and ask someone to apply it there and finally send this back to me here. That is a long process for just the renewal. Are there any ways I can renew it without spending 200 aed plus more for an nbi clearance that is just 130 pesos? I need only a scan of this to be sent to me. Can I ask my sister to do it for me in the Philippines?

  • Jennifer says:

    Hello Po, may i ask if ever i already complete my papers and i paid all the payments. May i ask kung ang main office niu po ang magasikaso nbi clearance? No need na ung representative ko po.

    • Kat Delano says:

      Main office lang po ang pwede magasikaso ng NBI Clearance application from abroad.

  • LJ says:

    Hello, I already sent the complete documents to my Authorized representative in the Philippines. Now, she has to go to NBI in UN Avenue Manila. Do I need to make an appointment for my representative? If so, Should I make the appointment under my name or my representative?

  • Rijen linggo says:

    Hi good day!

    I just wanna ask if do i need to make an appointment to the Philippine Consulate in Dubai if I want to apply for NBI Clearance? Or i can just walk in and ask for the forms and go through the process?

    Thanks a lot.

  • Applesie Medrano says:

    Im residing in abu dhabi, last month i did the fingerprinting here signed by an arabic officer(not sure if he is an officer) and stamped. I asked the auhPE here that im not submitying it for nbi clearance but i need to submit the fingerprint sundry form for DFA authentication. Im currently in the process of requesting qatar police clearance and its one if their requirements. Apparently the auhPE attached all the passport copy and my representative copy and SPA with acknowledgement letter from consul snd punched a hole on upper left corner as if its authenticated by DFA . Went home to submit to DFA to have it authenticated and I was advised that they cannot remove other papers there because of attachment they did and the acknowledgement paper was separated and the name of the consul in that acknowledgement has to authenticate by DFA and not the arabic signatory on the fingerprint form. Qatar embassy rejected my request because of unnecessary papers attached. Second attempt to have the fingerprint done in NBI philippines, they wont allow and asking for endorsement letter from US embassy, which they dont provide. Whereas here in UAE no questions asked for fingerprinting. Im desperate and dissappointed with auhPE of what they have done on my first sundry info. Is there any chance i can do it there in dubai even if im residing here in auh? I just need the sundry info properly signed by concerning authorities to send it to my mother have it attested by DFA with no other unnecessary paper attached to it.

  • carmela r abitria says:

    nais ko poh makakuha uli ng NBI local pls hellp nmn poh

  • Dom says:

    overall, how many days does it take if everything will be processed here? (meaning i wont be sending the forms to my relatives) thanks in advanced

  • Jay Galura Refran says:

    How to get nbi online

  • Lyle Bantilo says:

    Hi! I’m wondering i am in a country without Philippine Embassy, do you think it’s possible for me to process NBI without going back home to Philippines?

  • Gie says:

    Hi. Does this mean you dont need to forward all the documents from consulate to a representative in PH? Because a friend of mine just told me that its a waste of money coz you will not receive your NBI clearance here in Dubai coz consulate will not do any leg work.?

    • Kat Delano says:

      Usually, mas effective po ang process ng application ung ifoforward nyo lahat ng documents nyo sa representative nyo at sya ang magpoprocess sa NBI Main.

  • Charlene says:


    San po pwedeng magpafingerprint kasi di na po tumatanggap yung sa Al Qusais Police Station. Yung sa malapit terminal 2, napakaraming pila naman. Meron pa po ba kayong alam kung saan pwedeng magpafingerprint? Thanks po.

    • Rony says:

      Hello Miss Charlene,

      Ask ko lng po kung nagpa book po ba kayo ng appointment para maka-kuha ng Form na s5 sa Consulate?

      Need ko din kasi kumuha ng NBI Clearance.

  • Jennifer Serrana says:

    hi there,

    Is your procedure to get the NBI Clearance would still be the same to date?

  • catherine ducusin says:

    Hello po! Ilang araw n po along nag try mag register pero nag hahang po xa.Ang hirap naman mg register.
    Pwede po bang pumunta nlang ako dyan s consulate para kumuha ng sform no.5.Salamat!

    • Rony Bautista says:


      I just did my NBI appointment yesterday (July 20,2020). Supposed to be the available slot for the Appointment was August 27, 2020. Pero need ko kasi ung NBI clearance ko asap. So nakiusap ako sa kanila by Mail, heto yung email nila Pede ka makiusap kung realy need mo namn talga yung NBI asap. So hinanapan ako ng Slot na mas maaga , may nagcancel daw ng slot kaya binigay sa akin ng July 20, 2020. So malaking bagay na yung kasi hindi na ako maghihintay ng almsot 2 months to get my appointment.

      Yung form naman pede mo makuha anytime sa guard pero hindi ka parin makakapasok for the finger printing. Need mo magbayad ng 200aed for the SPA/Processing. in my experience wala pa isang araw deneliver na sa akin kanina umaga (July 21, 2020 through courier ad i paid 21aed) yung mga Forms ko na naka NOtary na ipapdala namn sa Pinas sa representataive mo na kung sino magproprocess ng Application mo dun sa pinas.

      I asked the consulate kung meron silang service na sila na mismo magprocess lahat ang sabi wala daw sila. Need talga ipada yung forms at yung SPA para sila magprocess sa pinas.

  • Marissa suan says:

    I will renew my NBI clearance i need to appointment or walk in?


  • Richard Esquivel says:

    Good Afternoon Sir/Mam.

    1st Question – If I will apply with the SPA, can my wif (whom I authorized) can go to any branch in the Philippines. She is in Cagayan Valley, and the nearest is in Tugegarao.

    2nd Question – As mentioned above that Consulate can process it for us, I asked this question with our Consulate in Dubai and told me that they dont have this facilities. Please clarify.

    Thank You.
    God Bless you all.

  • Merlie Almasan Camannong says:

    Can i process my nbi clearance in dubai even my form 5 from philippine embassy in abu dhabi? I already accomplished fingerprints.

  • Kathleen says:

    I didnt know about the 2nd option, the people in the consulate did not inform me that i can get the nbi done in the consulate itself.. so they said they will send it to philippines .. so now im confused, if i can still get it here from Dubai philippine consulate? Or just ask my representative to collect it from the main branch ? Thank u

  • Ivan says:

    Hello, I have a question. if I have the original copy of my old NBI clearance issued in 2017. Do I still need to have Form No. 5?

  • Estela Kussman says:

    Where can I get an SPA for getting NBI clearance? Thank youin advance.

  • Ella says:

    Where can I get an SPA for getting NBI clearance in Dubai? Thank you for your help.

  • Avelino De Guzman says:


    Just to confirm if the documents that we will be receiving from embassy after 7 days is the completed documents like what we have in the PHILIPPINES. I have a bit confusion in some blogs that the final process will be in the PHILIPPINES. Please enlighten me.

    Thank you

  • Mina says:

    I am just confused. Can Anybody help me or send me the latest nbi processing in philippines pls. I am currently here in dubai and I am confuse with the up to date process as in for August 2022 process. Thank you so much in advance.

  • Mina says:

    Can Anybody help me or send me the latest nbi processing in philippines pls. I am currently here in dubai and I am confuse with the up to date process as in for August 2022 process. Thank you so much in advance.

  • Zaldy Hernandez says:

    What if my original passport is not with me,is with my company i only have the photo copy of my passport still possible to apply the nbi clearance,

  • Jeffrey says:

    If i will let the consulate process my NBI clearance until it finished, because I don’t have any representative in the Philippines to process for me, is there additional fee for that?

  • Eric Marquez Villacarlos says:

    how long it will be if the consulate is the one who will process in the Philippines?

    Can we put 2 person its me and my wife for 1 SPA for NBI?

  • Evelyn Macha says:

    Do we need to book an appointment in getting the NBI Clearance in Dubai ? If yes, please share the proper link here. Thank you.

  • Evelyn Macha says:

    Do we need to book an appointment in getting the NBI Clearance in Dubai ? If yes, please share the proper link here. Thank you.

  • Nelson Toledo says: