In April 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act No. 11261 or the First Time Job Seekers Assistance Act, a law that basically waives the fees for government documents required for employment.
Although it was already signed, it took a while before the NBI received the official memo so the law wasn’t in full swing until an official update appeared on the NBI clearance website, announcing that the first-time job seekers can now apply for free.
Aside from NBI clearance, the law also mentions other crucial government documents that first-time job seekers can get at no cost. These include police clearance, birth certificate, barangay clearance, tax identification number (TIN), medical certificate, marriage certificate, and UMID, among others.
Take note, however, that applicants can only avail of this privilege ONCE. The NBI and other government agencies will keep a record of first-time job seekers who have already availed of this benefit to prevent fresh graduates from abusing the system.
Who Are Qualified To Avail of the Free NBI Clearance Under the First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act?
Beneficiaries of the Republic Act No. 11261 must be Filipino citizens, a resident of his/her barangay for at least six (6) months, currently looking for employment, and a first-time job seeker.
A first-time jobseeker is any Filipino citizen who is actively seeking employment locally or abroad and can be one of the following:
- A fresh graduate of a bachelor’s degree from any college or university; a technical-vocational course from any learning institution in the Philippines; or secondary education through the K-12 program (i.e., high school graduates).
- An early school leaver or out-of-school youth (OSY).
- A person who has never been employed, not presently employed, or engaged in education or training, who was not previously enrolled in any educational institution or who has not finished secondary education.
- A student taking a leave of absence from an institution offering college or tertiary education or from a technical-vocational course.
- Any person intending to work while enrolled in any school, college, university, or learning institution offering technical and vocational courses.
NBI Clearance Requirements for First Time Jobseekers
1. Two (2) valid IDs
First-time job seekers are required to present two valid IDs on the day of their appointments. See List of Valid IDs in the Philippines
You can submit your PSA Birth Certificate plus one of the valid IDs accepted by the NBI Clearance office. Or, you can present your Philippine passport instead of the birth certificate along with one of the valid IDs listed in the above link. However, you can’t submit the PSA Birth Certificate and Philippine passport together as NBI Clearance offices, particularly the main office in U.N. Avenue, consider them as technically the same.
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2. Original and photocopy of Barangay Certificate and Oath of Undertaking
These must be issued not more than 1 year prior to the NBI clearance application. The Barangay Certification issued by the barangay must certify that you’ve been a resident of the said barangay for at least 6 months and that you’re a first-time job seeker. Meanwhile, the Oath of Undertaking must be accomplished by the first-time jobseeker and executed before the Barangay Captain or the latter’s authorized officer.
Both documents can be obtained from the Barangay Hall.
Take note, however, that NBI Clearance offices, particularly the main branch in U.N. Avenue, strictly require all first-time jobseekers to follow specific templates when creating the Barangay Certification and Oath of Undertaking. Failure to comply will result in the rejection of your application.
3. Reference Number
You can obtain this number after securing an appointment online.
How To Get NBI Clearance for Free if You’re a First Time Jobseeker: A Step-by-Step Guide
1. Go to the NBI Clearance Online Services website
Look for the yellow section dedicated to first-time job seekers. Click the hyperlinked text that says Click Here.
A notification box will appear on the screen to give you a reminder as well as the requirement/s needed to avail of the free NBI clearance:
- You can only avail of this privilege ONCE and for only ONE copy of NBI clearance
- First time jobseekers are required to present a valid Barangay Certificate (issued not more than a year prior to date of NBI clearance application). It should come from the applicant’s place of residence and must state that he/she is a resident for at least 6 months and is a first time jobseeker
2. Register as a First Time Jobseeker
Fill out the registration form with your gender, civil status, birthday, complete name, email address, password, etc. Once you’re done, read and accept the Terms of Services, tick the captcha box, and click Sign Up.
You’ll receive a 6-digit one-time password (OTP) via your registered mobile number. Fill out the field provided on the screen with this OTP. Click Submit.
3. Sign in to complete the ‘Applicant Information’ form
Sign in using the email address and password you provided during registration.
You’ll then be directed to the Applicant Information page where you’ll fill in all the missing information like your address, height, weight, educational attainment, religion, etc.
When you’re done, click Save Information.
Review all the information you’ve provided and check for spelling mistakes or any inaccuracy. If you’re sure all the information is correct and complete, click Submit.
4. Secure an appointment with the NBI
Click Apply for Clearance on the upper right corner of the screen (if you’re using a computer) or the top of the screen (if you’re using a mobile).
Enter the name and number of the valid ID you’ll bring and present on the day of your appointment. Take note that this is separate from the Barangay Certificate which all first-time job seekers are required to bring for verification purposes.
Click I Agree.
Select your preferred NBI clearance center that will process your application.
Then, select from the available slots the time and date you prefer to process and receive your NBI clearance. You can choose either AM or PM. The schedules/slots that are shaded in blue are available while those with red are already full.
Click Save to Get Reference Number to proceed.
5. Copy or Save the Reference Number Appearing on the Screen
After securing your appointment, a confirmation box will appear on the screen containing the Reference Number which you need to save or copy.
The Reference Number will serve as your gate pass on the date of your appointment. Don’t forget to bring it along with your valid IDs and Barangay Certificate.
Since fresh graduates will be applying for free, the security personnels will be more strict when dealing with applicants like you with incomplete requirements. In other words, no or incomplete requirements means no entry.
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