U.S. Visas

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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Philippines

Philippines
Republic of the Philippines

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8

Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes

  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Civil documents and the Philippine Police clearance are among the list of documents necessary to apply for an immigrant visa.

Civil documents issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), formerly the National Statistics Office (NSO), and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are preferred.  These agencies have branches and outlets throughout the Philippines.  These agencies issue documents printed on paper with security features.  Documents from these sources are centrally registered and are considered more reliable than documents issued by local registrars.

For civil documents with legal changes, corrections, and court decisions, applicants should request civil documents and certificates that are issued with a “CDLI” endorsement (Court Decree and Legal Instrument).  This endorsement shows any amendments to the original document from marriages, annulments, name changes etc.  Unless a CDLI copy is requested, the requester will receive the un-amended or original copy of the document.

General Issuing Authority Information:
 

The PSA is the central repository for all civil records coming from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) offices nationwide, the National Archive Office, and records from Philippine Embassies across the globe.  Filipinos abroad are required to submit records of births, marriages, and deaths to their embassy so they may be recorded with the PSA.

A civil document can be obtained in three (3) ways:

  1. In-person by the owner or an authorized representative with a letter of authorization from the owner and valid government issued I.D.s, with affixed   signature & photo, for both the owner and representative;

  2. e-CENSUS on-line application, the most convenient option for Filipinos abroad; and

  3. PSA Helpline Plus call center at (02)737-1111, available for applicants from within the Philippines with appropriate charges applied, depending on the     area.  Each application option will incur specific charges.
     

Local civil records in many localities in the Philippines have been destroyed due to war and natural calamities.  Church records, while useful as secondary evidence, are frequently unavailable for the same reasons.  When a specific civil document is unavailable, it is advisable to obtain a certificate of non-availability from the PSA.  Local parishes usually issue similar certificates of non-availability.  In the absence of primary and secondary evidence, substantiated by replies from civil or church authorities, affidavits from two persons who have personal knowledge of the birth, death, or marriage that is in question are generally accepted.

Philippine Police Clearance locally known as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance – for U.S. immigrant visa application purposes.

The NBI is the central repository of all criminal records in the Philippines.  Applicants must obtain a clearance “for travel abroad” purposes.  The clearance certificate should be on green-colored paper bearing a digital photo of the person.  The clearance is valid one (1) year from date of issuance. 

The NBI clearance can either be applied for in-person (PHP 140.00) or via an online application (PHP 140.00 + 25.00 for e-payment service) when applied for locally.  Overseas Filipinos may also apply for an NBI clearance with slightly higher fees depending on the location of residence abroad.  The NBI application form with instructions can be obtained from Philippine embassies abroad.

Issued documents by PSA and NBI government offices are printed on paper with security features.  Both agencies have branches and outlets throughout the Philippines.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates
 

Available

Fees: Cost will depend on the type of service.  (Fees are subject to change. It is advised to check with the respective issuing agency for updated costs)

  • In-person application – PHP 140.00 or USD 3.00

  • e-CENSUS online application – delivery within the PHILIPPINES PHP 315.00 per copy, plus a delivery fee of USD 20.00 to other countries per copy.  You may visit PSA at http://www.e-census.com.ph  for information on fees and how to apply.

  • PSA Helpline Plus –call center - dial (02) 737-1111.  Hub of operations is (local) Metro Manila.  Calls from outside Metro Manila will incur normal long distance charges;  PHP 350.00 or USD 7.00 per copy (inclusive of processing and delivery)
     

Document Name: Birth Certificate, generally in English format with a few older versions in Spanish format (will require English translation).

Issuing Authority: Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed on PSA controlled color paper with serial # and security features and PSA logo. Signed (electronically) by the National Statistician and Civil Registrar General.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: National Statistician and Civil Registrar General

Registration Criteria: All civil documents must be timely registered in accordance with PSA criteria,  Registration shall come from originating offices stated in the Issuing Authority -should submit all vital statistics/civil records to the PSA government agency including late registrations.

Procedure for Obtaining: Complete Instructions/procedures on how to apply and fee payment for the civil documents may be viewed at the PSA website: https://www.psa.gov.ph/tags/request-and-issuance-certificates.  For online application web link: http://www.e-census.com.ph.  (Note: All PSA Metro Manila Outlets/offices are open from Mondays to Fridays 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturdays 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It is advised to check with issuing agency for updated business hours).

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: (Will only be accepted when the certificate issued by PSA indicates “No record available”). Retained personal copy of birth not available from PSA, LCR, and National Archive. Baptismal certificate from the church or substantiated by affidavits from two disinterested persons who have personal knowledge of the birth, death, or marriage, Certificate of Foundling issued by the Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB).  Other pertinent documents determined by the adjudicating consular officer to his/her satisfaction for visa purposes

Exceptions: Birth records from pre-war are no longer obtainable while most of post-war born civil documents is limited from National Archives and PSA.  A certified copy of a birth registration (less preferred) may be obtained from the local civil registrar at the place of birth.  Local Civil Registrar records are often incomplete and it is often necessary to augment local birth certificates with baptismal certificates.  "Affidavits from two disinterested persons" are generally considered unreliable but may be useful in cases where pre-war records are not locatable.

 

Death Certificates
 

Available

Fees: Cost will depend on the type of service. (Fees are subject to change. It is advised to check with the respective issuing agency for updated costs)

  • In-person application – PHP 140.00 or USD 3.00

  • e-CENSUS online application – delivery within the PHILIPPINES PHP 315.00 per copy, plus a delivery fee of USD 20.00 to other countries per copy.  You may visit PSA at http://www.e-census.com.ph  for information on fees and how to apply.

  • PSA Helpline Plus –call center - dial (02) 737-1111.  Hub of operations is (local) Metro Manila.  Calls from outside Metro Manila will incur normal long distance charges;  PHP 350.00 or USD 7.00 per copy (inclusive of processing and delivery)
     

Document Name: Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed on PSA controlled color paper with serial # and security features and PSA logo. Signed (electronically) by the National Statistician and Civil Registrar General.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: National Statistician and Civil Registrar General

Registration Criteria: All civil documents must be timely registered in accordance with PSA criteria,  Registration shall come from originating offices stated in the Issuing Authority -should submit all vital statistics/civil records to the PSA government agency including late registrations.

Procedure for Obtaining: Complete Instructions/procedures on how to apply and fee payment for the civil documents may be viewed at PSA website: https://www.psa.gov.ph/tags/request-and-issuance-certificates.  For online application web link: http://www.e-census.com.ph.  (Note: All PSA Metro Manila outlets/offices are open from Mondays to Fridays 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturdays 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Please check with issuing agency for updated business hours).

Alternate Document: (Will only be accepted when the certificate issued by PSA indicates “No record available except for “Presumptive Death “cases).  LCR record of death as secondary proof, while burial records will be helpful.  For missing persons with unconfirmed death occurring in the line of work (e.g., seaman lost at sea, pilot in plane crash), a Court Decision/Record of “Presumptive Death” should be provided.

 

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: Cost will depend on the preferred service to be used. (Fees are subject to change. It is advised to check with the respective issuing agency for updated costs)

  • In-person application – PHILIPPINES PHP 140.00

  • e-CENSUS online application – delivery within the PHILIPPINES PHP 315.00 per copy. Delivery to OTHER COUNTRIES USD 20.00 per copy using the online application website: http://www.e-census.com.ph  How to apply and payment page.

  • PSA Helpline Plus call center - dial (02) 737-1111. Hub of operations is (local) Metro Manila. Calls from outside Metro Manila will incur normal long distance charges for a call to Manila;  PHP 350.00 per copy (inclusive of processing and delivery)

Document Name: Marriage Certificate/Contract. Marriage record generally in English format except for marriage certificate issued from other countries that may require English translation.

Issuing Authority: Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed on PSA controlled color paper with serial # and security features and PSA logo. Signed (electronically) by the National Statistician and Civil Registrar General.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: National Statistician and Civil Registrar General

Registration Criteria: All civil documents must be timely registered in accordance with PSA criteria,  Registration shall come from originating offices stated in the Issuing Authority -should submit all vital statistics/civil records to the PSA government agency including late registrations.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Complete Instructions/procedures on how to apply and fee payment for the civil documents may be viewed at PSA website: https://www.psa.gov.ph/tags/request-and-issuance-certificates.  For online application web link: http://www.e-census.com.ph.  (Note: All PSA Metro Manila outlets/offices are open from Mondays to Fridays 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturdays 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Please check with issuing agency for updated business hours).

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies of originals can be obtained from the local civil registrar of the place where the marriage occurred.  These are less preferred than Marriage Certificates issued by the PSA.

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: Marriage record in question will be addressed accordingly during the time of interview.

Marriage Index Documents
 

Available

Fees:

  • In-person application – PHP 195.00 or USD 4.00

  • e-CENSUS online application – delivery within the PHILIPPINES PHP 415.00 or USD 8.25 per copy, plus a delivery fee of USD 20.00 to other countries per copy.  You may visit PSA at http://www.e-census.com.ph for information on fees and how to apply.

  • PSA Helpline Plus –call center - dial (02) 737-1111.  Hub of operations is (local) Metro Manila. Calls from outside Metro Manila will incur normal long distance charges;  PHP 415.00 or USD 8.25 per copy (inclusive of processing and delivery)

 

Document Name:  Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) or singleness and CEMAR-“Advisory of Marriage(s)”

Issuing Authority: Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) – primary & central authority; records originate from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) office nationwide, Philippine Courts (Sharia Court – for Muslim marriage included), Ethnic Tribal marriage. Report of occurrence/events by the Philippine embassies abroad

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed on PSA controlled color paper with serial # and security features with PSA logo. Signed (electronically) by the National Statistician and Civil Registrar General. 

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: National Statistician and Civil Registrar General

Registration Criteria:  civil documents must be timely registered in accordance with PSA criteria,  Registration shall come from originating offices stated in the Issuing Authority -should submit all vital statistics/civil records to the PSA government agency including late registration.

Procedure for Obtaining: Complete Instructions/procedures on how to apply and fee payment for the civil documents may be viewed at the PSA website: https://www.psa.gov.ph/tags/request-and-issuance-certificates.  For online application web link: http://www.e-census.com.ph.  (Note: All PSA Metro Manila Outlets/offices are open from Mondays to Fridays 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturdays 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please check with issuing agency for updated business hours).

Annulment Decree and Declaration of Nullity
 

Available

Fees: Dependent on the issuing court

Document Name:  Annulment Decree

Issuing Authority: The Family Court of the province or city where the petitioner or the other spouse (called the “respondent”) resides for the last 6 months prior to the date of filing, or in the case of a non-resident respondent, where he/she may be found in the Philippines.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies of the Annulment Decree or Declaration of Nullity can be obtained from the appropriate court.

Registration Criteria: The Annulment Decree or Declaration of Nullity must be registered in the Civil Registry where the marriage was registered, the Civil Registry of the place where the court is situated, and in the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Comments: Note that a petition for “annulment” refers to voidable marriages, which are valid until annulled by the court, while a petition for “declaration of nullity” refers to marriages that are considered void or inexistent from the very beginning.

Divorce Certificate
 

Available

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies of the divorce certificate can be obtained from the appropriate court.

Comments: Divorce was recognized in the Philippines between March 11, 1917 and August 29, 1950; since the latter date, courts have been empowered to grant legal separation (annulment) but not divorce. Even during the period of legal recognition, divorces were rare in the Philippines because of limited legal grounds for granting divorces.

Identity Card

National ID Card: Unavailable

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: Application in person: 115 pesos
Application by mail: 200 pesos which must be paid through money order or bank draft (negotiable in the Philippines and payable to the Director of the National Bureau of Investigation).

Document Name: NBI Clearance

Issuing Authority: The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue,  annotated multi-purpose clearance

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: Philippine-born immigrants visa applicants 16 years and over are required to furnish certificates issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).  The green NBI certificate annotated for travel abroad is the correct certificate.  Other colors are for local use only.  Foreign-born applicants who have resided in the Philippines for six months or more may be issued NBI clearances upon application either in person or by mail.  Applicants residing outside the Philippines should send requests for certificates together with money orders or bank drafts for the fees and postage to IRD-Mailed Clearance Section, National Bureau of Investigation, Taft Avenue, and Metro Manila, Philippines.  Philippine Embassies abroad can assist Filipinos in obtaining NBI police clearances.  The NBI has its own fingerprint charts and personal data forms that it will send to the requesting applicant for execution.  Most applicants abroad find it more expeditious to have a relative or friend in the Philippines assist them in obtaining their certificates from the NBI.  In that instance, a letter of authorization is required.  The applicant may also submit a copy ("personal copy") of a prior NBI clearance to facilitate the processing of a new clearance.  Posts are advised that not all arrests and convictions occurring outside of Manila are reported to the NBI.  NBI's criminal records database is not foolproof and the remarks provided on reports often require explanation*.  Manila and major Philippine cities have computerized records.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants who prefer to secure the certificate personally must proceed to the NBI Clearance Center at:

5th Floor, Victory Central Mall
Old Victory Compound, Rizal Avenue
Monumento, Caloocan City

Or to the following Satellite Offices and Renewal Kiosks:

Satellite Offices:

Quezon City Hall Rodriguez (Rizal) Municipal Hall
Muntinlupa City Hall Marikina (Riverbanks)
Las Pinas City Hall Taytay (Rizal) Municipal Hall
Mandaluyong City Hall Los Banos (Laguna) Municipal Hall
Caloocan City Hall POEA (Ortigas)
Valenzuela City Hall

Renewal Kiosks:

SM Megamall (Mandaluyong City)
Park Square I (Makati City)
Tutuban Center (Divisoria)

For NBI provincial offices, please visit this link: http://www.nbi.gov.ph/field_offices.html.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: Applicants might be issued an older format NBI clearance that is green or orange with a different purpose annotated on it. These may be accepted as long as they have not expired.

Comments: *For explanation of unclear remarks found on NBI clearances, please consult the National Bureau of Investigation or the U.S. Embassy Manila, Immigrant Visa Unit.

 

Court/Prison Records

Available

Fees: Cost will depend on which Bureau or Agency will provide the document.

Document Name:  Court or Prison Record

Issuing Authority: Provincial or Regional Trial Court, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court, Bureau of Prisons or The National Penitentiary.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Depending on which Bureau or Agency will provide the document

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director, Bureau of Prisons, or Director, National Penitentiary.

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: Applications should be made to the Director, Bureau of Prisons, National Penitentiary, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila.  Local police chiefs usually furnish details of jail terms upon request.

Certified Copies: Available

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: The Philippine Police Clearance (NBI Clearance) annotation will provide information whether a court or prison record is required from an applicant.
 

Police certificates
 

Available

Fees:  Application in person: 115 pesos

Application by mail: 200 pesos which must be paid through money order or bank draft (negotiable in the Philippines and payable to the Director of the National Bureau of Investigation).

Document Name:  NBI Clearance

Issuing Authority: The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Green,  annotated for travel abroad

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: Philippine-born immigrant visa applicants 16 years and over are required to furnish certificates issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).  The green NBI certificate annotated for travel abroad is the correct certificate.  Other colors are for local use only.  Foreign-born applicants who have resided in the Philippines for six months or more may be issued NBI clearances upon application either in person or by mail.  Applicants residing outside the Philippines should send requests for certificates together with money orders or bank drafts for the fees and postage to IRD-Mailed Clearance Section, National Bureau of Investigation, Taft Avenue, Metro Manila, Philippines.  Philippine Embassies abroad can assist Filipinos in obtaining NBI police clearances.  The NBI has its own fingerprint charts and personal data forms that it will send to the requesting applicant for execution.  Most applicants abroad find it more expeditious to have a relative or friend in the Philippines assist them in obtaining their certificates from the NBI.  In that instance, a letter of authorization is required.  The applicant may also submit a copy ("personal copy") of a prior NBI clearance to facilitate the processing of a new clearance.  Posts are advised that not all arrests and convictions occurring outside of Manila are reported to the NBI.  NBI's criminal records database is not foolproof and the remarks provided on reports often require explanation*.  Manila and major Philippine cities have computerized records.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Applicants who prefer to secure the certificate personally must proceed to the NBI Clearance Center at:

5th Floor, Victory Central Mall
Old Victory Compound, Rizal Avenue
Monumento, Caloocan City

Or to the following Satellite Offices and Renewal Kiosks:

Satellite Offices:

Quezon City Hall Rodriguez (Rizal) Municipal Hall
Muntinlupa City Hall Marikina (Riverbanks)
Las Pinas City Hall Taytay (Rizal) Municipal Hall
Mandaluyong City Hall Los Banos (Laguna) Municipal Hall
Caloocan City Hall POEA (Ortigas)
Valenzuela City Hall

Renewal Kiosks:

SM Megamall (Mandaluyong City)
Park Square I (Makati City)
Tutuban Center (Divisoria)

For NBI provincial offices, please visit this link: http://www.nbi.gov.ph/field_offices.html.

Comments: *For explanation of unclear remarks found on NBI clearances, please consult the National Bureau of Investigation or the U.S. Embassy Manila, Immigrant Visa Unit.

 

Military Records

Available

Fees: N/A

Document Name: N/A

Issuing Authority: Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of National Defense and/or  Philippine National Police

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Office of the Adjutant General

Procedure for Obtaining:  Certificate of Prior Service can be obtained from the Office of the Adjutant General, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of National Defense at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Philippine National Police officers have a judicial system, similar records are available for former these officers from the Philippine National Police Headquarters, Camp Crane, Quezon City.

Certified Copies:  Available

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: N/A

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Available

Fees: USD 30.00

Document Name: Travel Document

Issuing Government Authority: Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Consular Officer of a Philippine Embassy or Consulate

Procedure for Obtaining:

Bring the Following Requirements:

  1. Airline Ticket;
  2. 4 pieces of 2×2 photos with white background;
  3. Old passport;
  4. In case of lost passport, present the following:
     

Comments:

A travel document is allowed only for applicants who cannot be issued a Philippine passport and have emergency travel to the Philippines such as due to medical or legal reasons or death in the family.  It is valid for 30 days from issuance and can only be used one-way to the Philippines.  In order for a national to leave the Philippines, they will need to apply for a new passport.

Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines

Address:  U.S. Embassy

1201 Roxas Boulevard

Manila, Philippines 1000

Phone Number:   (632) 976-8500

                            (632) 976-8501

                            (632) 976-8502

Visa Services: All visa categories for all of the Philippines

Comments / Additional Information: N/A

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of the Phillipines and the areas listed below:

  • The Marshall Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Palau
     

Document Services to Other Posts:

IV Manila can help posts interpret remarks on National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) police certificates and obtain additional clarification from the NBI when necessary.  Since fraudulent documents can be obtained easily in the Philippines, the consular officer may wish to consider referring suspect documents in doubtful cases to the Fraud Prevention Unit, U.S. Embassy Manila, for investigation.