Getting hired for your first job is actually your first job itself after you’ve finished your schooling.
It’s a lot harder than you think. Before you apply for your first job, you need to secure pre-employment documents such as an SSS Number, PhilHealth Number, Pag-IBIG Number, and Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN).
Your future employer might also require some documents such as a transcript of records and an NBI Clearance.
But securing an NBI Clearance will cost you ₱130.00 at the time of writing this article.
Luckily, you can get your NBI Clearance free of charge if you’re a first-time jobseeker.
All thanks to the Republic Act No. 11261 also known as the First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act.
Not a first-time jobseeker? Read this article on How to Get Your NBI Clearance for Regular Applicants.
The above-mentioned law primarily aims to provide help for our fellow first-time jobseekers in mitigating expenses before applying for a job.
That’s good news, right?
Aside from NBI Clearance, First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act states that you can obtain the following documents without paying fees and charges.
- Police clearance certificate;
- National Bureau of Investigation clearance;
- Barangay clearance;
- Medical certificate from a public hospital;
- Birth Certificate;
- Marriage Certificate;
- Transcript of academic records issued by state colleges and universities;
- Tax Identification Number (TIN);
- Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) card; and
- Other documentary requirements.
In order to get a Free NBI Clearance, you need to submit proof of eligibility. The above-mentioned law states that you need to present a barangay certification stating that you’re a first-time jobseeker.
Getting an NBI Clearance for a first-time jobseeker will be split into two parts. You need to make an online appointment first to select your preferred branch.
After which, you need to make a personal appearance in your selected branch.
REMINDER – If you see people offering their service to secure an NBI Clearance for you without (you) making a personal visit to any NBI office, it’s probably a SCAM.
You may not visit an NBI branch or office only and only if you’re about to renew your NBI Clearance and get it delivered to your house.
So, I recommend staying away from them.
After all, the NBI Clearance online appointment is free and easy to do.
NBI Clearance Online Appointment 2022: First-Time Jobseekers
In making an online appointment, you need the following:
- Stable internet connection (can be a mobile data)
- Laptop, PC, or smartphone device (android or apple device)
- Personal information
- Active mobile number and Email address
- Time and patience
Make sure that your email address and mobile number are active es you’ll receive a one-time password during the process.
Step 1: Visit https://firsttimejobseekers.nbi.gov.ph
NBI Clearance Online Registration and Application Services is the official website or online portal where you can make an online appointment or renew your NBI Clearance purely online.
Step 2: Register as First-Time Jobseeker
Scroll down until you see a box that says “Register as First Time Jobseeker”. For reference, it looks like the image below.
Fill in your information to begin and solve the captcha. After that, click “Sign Up” to continue.
You’ll receive a one-time password in your email address and mobile number.
Enter that and click “Submit”.
If you’ve entered a correct OTP, a green message box will appear stating that you’ve successfully registered yourself as a first-time jobseeker.
Time to log in.
Step 3: Edit Your Personal Information
On the same page, log in to your newly created account.
Before making an appointment, you must make sure that all your information is accurate.
For your reference, the NBI Clearance dashboard for first-time jobseeker looks like the image below.
Start by filling in your information in the editable fields (white). Make sure to enter correct and accurate information.
Your information will be stored in a special database of the NBI.
So, if you plan on taking advantage of the NBI Clearance application for first-time jobseeker in an illegal manner, better not.
The NBI can verify if you’re really a first-time jobseeker.
Aside from that, any person found guilty of fabrication or falsification shall be liable under the Revised Penal Code in accordance with the First Time Jobseeker Act.
Doing things right is the best way to start.
Make sure to enter accurate information and don’t be hasty. You can make unlimited changes and updates your personal information.
If you’re confident that all your entered information is correct, then scroll down and click “Save Information”.
Now, you’re ready to make an online appointment.
Step 4: Make an Appointment
After you’ve saved your profile information, you’ll see a button that says “Apply for Clearance.” Click that button.
A popup will show and let you choose the ID you’ll present when you visit your appointed branch.
Choose your preferred branch. Ideally, the nearest to you is the best.
On the right pane, click the button that says “Save to Get Reference Number”.
Wait for some time and a popup will appear with your reference number.
It will also remind you to bring your chosen ID as well as the proof of eligibility (barangay certificate).
Congratulations, you’ve made an online appointment.
But before making a personal appearance in your selected NBI office, you have one last step for the online transaction part.
Step 5: Print Your Application Form
Printing the application form is an optional step in this process. But it’s formal to print it so have something to show to the NBI staff at the branch.
To print the application form, on the left pane, click Transactions > Details > Print Application Form.
Once, you clicked the “Print Application Form”, a browser tab will open.
Click the green circle with a printer icon to save the application as a PDF file. You may now print it in your favorite printing shop or at your home.
NBI Clearance Personal Appearance: First Time Jobseeker
Personal appearance is MUST in securing your NBI Clearance unless you’re only renewing it. Applicants CAN’T use a proxy in this case.
So, visit your appointed branch on the appointment date. I recommend being early as possible. You might not want to fall in long lines.
Make sure to prepare (2) valid IDs.
This is now a requirement. Back then, applicants bring only one valid ID but you must follow the rules to avoid application rejection.
At the branch, you’ll do the following procedures before the release of your NBI Clearance.
- Photo Capture
- Fingerprint scanning
- Data Verification
Photo-capture and fingerprint scanning are the primary reasons for a personal appearance at the branch especially if you’re a first-time applicant.
So, if you’ve stumbled upon people offering NBI Clearance applications without appearance, better stay away from them.
Avoid giving your personal information to strangers.
DATA VERIFICATION – The NBI will verify your data. If you have a “HIT” as what NBI calls, then you may be asked to return after (7) to (10) working days. At that time, you can only claim your NBI Clearance.
A HIT happens when you have the same information as other applicants.
So, to make sure that you and the other applicants are different individuals, the NBI will verify in-depth the information you’ve provided.
Luckily, if you have no HIT, you’ll be released an NBI Clearance within the same day. And now you have your NBI Clearance you can use for your first job application.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve tried to give you the most detailed guide above but here are some FAQs that may answer the hanging questions in your mind.
What valid IDs are allowed in securing an NBI Clearance?
- Old NBI Clearance
- UMID (SSS or GSIS)
- PhilHealth ID
- Voter’s ID or Certificate of Registration
- TIN ID
- PRC License
- PSA Birth Certificate
- Driver’s License
- Pag-IBIG ID (not Loyalty Card)
- Postal ID
- Certification from Local Civil Registrar
- Certification from Malacañang (for indigenous groups, tribes, and foundling)
- Solo-Parent ID
- Company ID (for government employees only)
- Police Clearance
- Seaman’s Book
- School ID accompanied by Current Registration Card
- Senior Citizen’s ID
- Marina SID
How many valid IDs do I need to bring during the NBI Clearance personal appearance?
Applicants are required to bring (2) valid IDs. Failure of doing so will result in application rejection and not processing of your NBI Clearance application.
Do I have to pay NBI Clearance if I’m a first-time jobseeker?
First-time jobseekers can secure their NBI Clearance without paying any fees in accordance with the Republic Act No. 11261 or the First Time Jobseeker Act.
Can I use my NBI Clearance as a valid ID ?
NBI Clearance is a valid government-issued ID with a (1) year expiration from the date of release. An individual holding an NBI Clearance can use it to transact with different government agencies that require valid proof of identification.