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NBI Clearance Experience Cebu

Today my wife Zol and I visited Philippine National Bureau of Investigation. (NBI)

Tim Potter's Wife NBI certificate
We had a plan when we headed out of the house that we we would get her NBI clearance and the head over to Philippine Commission on Filipinos Overseas.   Now both of these office are required prior to getting a Philippine passport.  So this is a must have for Filipinos to immigrate to another country.  Well to say the least we only managed to get the NBI completed.

So we arrived at Robinson's Cyber Gate Mall Cebu City Philippines at 9:00am and received a number to wait in line.  The office opens at 9:00am sharp.   Well we got our number and it was 210 for the day and we were informed to come back at 1:00pm as they would begin the process of clearing the numbers for the day.  Well it is not worth a trip home and back to the mall so we strolled around the mall for next 4 hours waiting and waiting.  Then at 1:00pm we arrived back and were instructed to take a seat.  Now this may not seem to bad.  There was about 10 of us waiting.  However little did we know that there was another 100 people in another area that had not been cleared from the morning session.  So as NBI feverishly worked to clear those from the morning we sat on the benches with the other 130 other people waiting to get cleared.

How this works is they take you 50 at a time up stairs to the third floor.   Where they finger print you and take a photo.  So 2:00pm passed us by and then it was pushing 3:00pm and finally it was our turn to head up the stairs.   Once you arrive up the stairs theu go over the form and how to fill out the form.  They instruct you of every single block.  They cover what IDs are acceptable and such. (CLICK HERE for FAQ)  After that process they line up for station one where you go and pay.  After you pay you are instructed to take a seat back in the same order.  Then one by one they encode all your information into the computer.  They take a picture and all 10 finger prints digitally.  Now it is just a process of waiting this out till the print the final sheet.   This process took about 90 mins and we headed back out the door and NBI complete at 4:30pm today.

Silly me for even considering I could actually complete CFO and NBI in the same day.   So tomorrow we are off to the CFO office at 630 am to get a number as there are only 27 seats for the entire Philippines.  They open at 9:00 am.  Report to come tomorrow.

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