NBI clearance is another government-issued document that is commonly required when seeking employment. This document can be used as a proof of identity and supporting paper for any modification in legal documents.
At any point in your life, you’ll need to secure NBI clearance to prove that you are clear from any administrative or criminal cases. There are instances that an applicant is unable to get the clearance immediately due to a “hit” in the name. Further verification is conducted before the clearance is issued.
If the name of the applicant gets a “hit”, it would mean that another individual having the same name as you have a record of a criminal case. There are several reasons for getting a “hit” including the following:
- The applicant has a pending administrative or criminal case filed in the court, the Sandigan Bayan, the Ombudsman, or any quasi-judicial body.
- If the person has an administrative or criminal case filed previously and was not yet been closed.
- If another individual using the same name as you are having on-going or pending case.
- If a government agency requested NBI to hold the clearance.
If your name gets a “hit”, you should not panic. Your clearance will be held for further verification and you will be asked to return after 10 working days for the issuance of the clearance. However, during the verification process, the NBI may request your presence for NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview in the main office.
Questions will be asked personally to verify your identity that may include your whereabouts, any transactions or business engagements, and other relevant information. If you are requested to undergo such an interview, remember the things listed below:
- Don’t panic so that you can answer correctly.
- During the interview, you should dress properly and arrive on time.
- Don’t forget to bring at least two valid government-issued IDs accepted by the NBI.
- Bring the receipt for the NBI clearance.
After completing the interview, an Affidavit of Denial will be issued, and you will take an oath before the resident lawyer of NBI. Once the Affidavit of Denial is notarized, only then that the NBI clearance will be printed and released.