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hyaku

Anyone else having problems with this? The new requirements are "Police clearance from your country of origin" and NBI clearance. in addition to the old requirements.

 

How the hell do I get police clearance from a country I have not lived in since 1980? Does the U.K. even have police clearance?

 

I would be most grateful for anyone help on this.

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Well...I guess that means that anybody coming over her to live, who might wish to get a 13A visa at some point, should get a police clearance in their home town before they leave. If they get pissy ab

It's strange that they haven't made any mention of this new change on their own website, but I guess that shouldn't surprise anyone really!   Please keep the forum updated as to whether this is now

That is incorrect based on what I have read and been told by immigration officials. I won't be applying until October or November for conversion to my permanent, so until then I can not give any furth

RogerDat

Greetings! If you have not been in UK since 1980, where have you been, and why are you just now getting a perminante ACR?

I used a letter from the community where I live (Kalawisan, Lapu Lapu) that stated I was in good standing or some such, and a Cebu NBI clearence.

Please elaborate.

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Durham

You only require NBI clearance, not required from your home country.

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SkyMan

You only require NBI clearance, not required from your home country.

I think they are now requiring something from the home country, FBI or whatever.  There have been some discussions here on it.

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This may help. Taken from another forum.

This may affect other visa applications, so check if it is so needed for your circumstances.

Today we went to the NBI Clearance Center in Manila, arriving at 06.45.

I collected the blank data form at the entrance. There was a huge queue. Maybe 7 or 800 waiting.

However, the guard, seeing I was a "senior" , pointed us towards the courtesy line for Senior citizens, pregnant women or those with disablities. I filled out the form and gave it to the line checker. He needed to see my passport and checked off each item on the form and wrote across the top in big red letters, "Senior Citizen" .

He then escorted us to into the Data Capturing area where we had a seat while he went and paid the cashier on our behalf. We then waited for the "Courtesy Lane" lady to arrive. Note on her desk said duty was from 07.00 to 17.00.

We were number 2 in the queue. She took the form, entered the details in the system, took my fingerprints electronically as well as a digital photo. About 3 minutes there. She then gave me the paperwork back and said go to floor 3 and get the Alien bits done.

On floor 3, just to the left of the stairs, there is a large area marked Aliens/Foreigners. The fingerprint guy gave me an Aliens' form to fill in. He then checked all the paperwork and took my fingerprints the old fahioned way. Ten individual prints, then 4 fingers together and a thumb separately for each hand. (Ink everywhere on the hands - bring wet wipes LOL!)

He then told us to go to the 4th floor, as I was a senior. There we got the paperwork stamped again and were then directed into another office, where we left everything, except the receipt, for processing. The official wrote the time/date when the clearance would be ready, on the back of the receipt.

In our case, this will be Thursday afternoon. However, we were told along the way, that it would normally take at least 2 weeks to process the clearance for able bodied, non-seniors. All the paperwork would normally be sent across to NBI HQ for manual processing.

Apparently, they have more 5000 applicants of various types, on average, for clearance every day.

NBI clearance requirements.
Must be properly dressed - no shorts, sandos, t-shirts or flip-flops.
Must have passport with you. 
Photocopy of passport bio details and visa type.
Photocopy of ACR-Icard. (I wasn't asked for my I-card but had it anyway)
Fee - Peso 114.00 paid to cashier before lining up for data capture.

I downloaded the Data form from the NBI website last week and entered all the info required. This saved a lot of time, as I just copied the information onto the official form in a couple of minutes. They needed a hand printed form, not a computor print out.

We were told that Alien Clearance is only done in Manila on personal appearance, as manual (inky) fingerprints are required. This of course may be just for Luzon residents. Check with your local NBI for latest regulations, if you're somewhere else.

Note. We didn't ask for any "Special" or "Seniors 39;" treatment. It was given quite naturally by the NBI staff.

All in all, a quite pleasant, straight path, experience, handled by professionals.

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Sorry if this is shown twice, first time sent was about 08.40 but no show.

 

Attached is from a Brit who was at Immigration 3 days ago albeit in Manila. 

 


As I indicated some weeks ago, the 13a (permanent residence from probationary) application now requires an NBI clearance if you have been in the Philippines longer than 6 months.

This may affect other visa applications, so check if it is so needed for your circumstances.

Today we went to the NBI Clearance Center in Manila, arriving at 06.45.

I collected the blank data form at the entrance. There was a huge queue. Maybe 7 or 800 waiting.

However, the guard, seeing I was a "senior" , pointed us towards the courtesy line for Senior citizens, pregnant women or those with disablities. I filled out the form and gave it to the line checker. He needed to see my passport and checked off each item on the form and wrote across the top in big red letters, "Senior Citizen" .

He then escorted us to into the Data Capturing area where we had a seat while he went and paid the cashier on our behalf. We then waited for the "Courtesy Lane" lady to arrive. Note on her desk said duty was from 07.00 to 17.00.

We were number 2 in the queue. She took the form, entered the details in the system, took my fingerprints electronically as well as a digital photo. About 3 minutes there. She then gave me the paperwork back and said go to floor 3 and get the Alien bits done.

On floor 3, just to the left of the stairs, there is a large area marked Aliens/Foreigners. The fingerprint guy gave me an Aliens' form to fill in. He then checked all the paperwork and took my fingerprints the old fahioned way. Ten individual prints, then 4 fingers together and a thumb separately for each hand. (Ink everywhere on the hands - bring wet wipes LOL!)

He then told us to go to the 4th floor, as I was a senior. There we got the paperwork stamped again and were then directed into another office, where we left everything, except the receipt, for processing. The official wrote the time/date when the clearance would be ready, on the back of the receipt.

In our case, this will be Thursday afternoon. However, we were told along the way, that it would normally take at least 2 weeks to process the clearance for able bodied, non-seniors. All the paperwork would normally be sent across to NBI HQ for manual processing.

Apparently, they have more 5000 applicants of various types, on average, for clearance every day.

NBI clearance requirements.
Must be properly dressed - no shorts, sandos, t-shirts or flip-flops.
Must have passport with you. 
Photocopy of passport bio details and visa type.
Photocopy of ACR-Icard. (I wasn't asked for my I-card but had it anyway)
Fee - Peso 114.00 paid to cashier before lining up for data capture.

I downloaded the Data form from the NBI website last week and entered all the info required. This saved a lot of time, as I just copied the information onto the official form in a couple of minutes. They needed a hand printed form, not a computor print out.

We were told that Alien Clearance is only done in Manila on personal appearance, as manual (inky) fingerprints are required. This of course may be just for Luzon residents. Check with your local NBI for latest regulations, if you're somewhere else.

Note. We didn't ask for any "Special" or "Seniors 39;" treatment. It was given quite naturally by the NBI staff.

All in all, a quite pleasant, straight path, experience, handled by professionals.

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Durham

I have posted twice on this subject today 1st @ 0840 2nd at 10.45 but both not showing. I can confirm you only need NBI clearance.

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Dolsos

I have posted twice on this subject today 1st @ 0840 2nd at 10.45 but both not showing. I can confirm you only need NBI clearance.

 

 

I see both your posts, odd that you can't see them

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hyaku

Greetings! If you have not been in UK since 1980, where have you been, and why are you just now getting a perminante ACR?

I used a letter from the community where I live (Kalawisan, Lapu Lapu) that stated I was in good standing or some such, and a Cebu NBI clearence.

Please elaborate.

Hello I have been a Japanese resident for many years.My father died in January. I have no address in the UK. I have lived in the Philippines for 8 years on tourist visa and got married to change to probationary resident. My problem is not so much NBI as how can I fulfill the requirement for police clearance from country of origin. I have the new form i should fill in and the requirements in black and white. Its not something I heard. From now on everyone will have to do this>

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Hello I have been a Japanese resident for many years.My father died in January. I have no address in the UK. I have lived in the Philippines for 8 years on tourist visa and got married to change to probationary resident. My problem is not so much NBI as how can I fulfill the requirement for police clearance from country of origin. I have the new form i should fill in and the requirements in black and white. Its not something I heard. From now on everyone will have to do this>

 

It's strange that they haven't made any mention of this new change on their own website, but I guess that shouldn't surprise anyone really!

 

Please keep the forum updated as to whether this is now a real requirement or not as, up until now, it's just been rumour and speculation. It's always good to have correct and current information on here as others may be looking for the same answers as you are ;)

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It's strange that they haven't made any mention of this new change on their own website, but I guess that shouldn't surprise anyone really!

 

Not strange.  They know we all read the newspapers  :snap:

 

http://www.philstar.com/cebu-news/2013/06/07/951189/rep.-salimbangon-look-visa-requirement-complaints

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I was suppose to report on this a couple of weeks ago, but I am still on unofficial Philippine Time.

 

I think if anyone wants the straight scoop they can read Durham's post  - it is very good and understandable.  He does indicate that you need to go to Manila, I don't think that would be true - there is a NBI Forms Center in Cebu City and BoI in Mandaue is very capable of inking every digit you have on your body multiple times.

 

I stopped by BoI in Mandaue on Thursday to pick up my ACR Card - good for Five Years (Hip hip Hooray) on the way out I asked the Male Receptionist (Big Man but very knowledgable and understandable).  I asked him if there were new requirements to get a Probationary 13a.  He said "... not new but modified..."  Yes you need a police report, however I failed to asked if it is from our home countries or some place else - using the information from Durham's post, it would seem it is just an NBI Clearance.  

 

I asked about the requirement of having an account at a Philippine Bank of a 100,000 or more pesos - No you do not need to have such an account.  You do and have always been required to show that you have the assets to take care of yourself. I would recommend that you have a few months of banking statement showing your assets and liabilities.  I was not asked for any hard copy proof, I was asked how much I made per month and that was that.

 

To Mr. Durham - how old are you?  I don't think I could pass as a senior citizens and I am 66 - maybe I should remove my dentures...

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hyaku

I already said I have it in black and white from Immigration along with the new application form. Why would they put it on their website? Are you trying to say that these people are internet savvy?

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Monsoon

I have posted twice on this subject today 1st @ 0840 2nd at 10.45 but both not showing. I can confirm you only need NBI clearance.

 

 

On what basis are your 'confirming that you only need NBI clearance' ???

 

Personal experience? This year in converting a 13A probationary to permanent? Otherwise, I don't see how you can confirm it unless you work for immigration.

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