One of the most unfortunate things that could happen to you while securing an NBI clearance would be when they found out that you got a ‘hit’ on your name. Instead of getting your NBI clearance the same day as your scheduled appointment, being tagged with a hit could lead to further delay.
What does it mean when you get a HIT on your clearance status?
Getting a HIT on your status means that you have a pending criminal case filed in any of the Philippine Courts. If this is not the case, it could be that someone who has the same name as yours is on the same situation.
Many call for the abolition of this system, but that is actually the main point of NBI clearances; to check whether or not a person is free from criminal case. Instead of panicking or getting annoyed of being in this situation, it is better to be knowledgeable of the steps to take when facing this situation.
- If you found out that you got a hit while applying for your clearance, you would have to wait a week or more for verification. Show up on your rescheduled appointment in proper attire. If you do have a criminal case, but has already been finalized with a decision, bring the original and photocopy of the document/s.
- A Quality Control Interview shall be conducted. An NBI personnel shall ask you some questions, and once you’re done, you will be given an Affidavit of Denial.
- After filling up the Affidavit of Denial, you should proceed to the Resident Lawyer, and then take an oath while raising your right hand. You will then be interviewed before having your Affidavit of Denial notarized.
- Once cleared, you will be given the releasing time of your NBI clearance. Proceed to the Printing and Releasing Area to get your NBI clearance on your scheduled return.
Take note that if you have an existing pending case without a decision yet, you should go to the court of origin and acquire a Disposition Clearance or Court Decision. You will not be released a clearance if your criminal case has not yet been settled.