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Monday, May 16, 2011

"Not The Same Person" (NTSP) Certificate

September 26, 2012 Update: My husband recently found out that if your namesake's pending court case has been stagnant for 5 years or more, you no longer need to renew your NTSP (Not The Same Person) Certificate. The details and dates pertaining to the case/cases are specified in the certificate. Still, you would have to bring the document along on your travels for verification purposes. I can just imagine what a relief this would be for most of us!:)


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Our predicament began early 2006. We were at the immigration counter of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) when the officer asked me if I was a battered wife. Imagine my shock! I said “NO”. Of course not! My husband wouldn’t even hurt a fly. He’s just into swatting mosquitoes which he hates so much for biting our little boy. 

The immigration officer then informed us that my husband’s name was kind of popular in the criminal record books. He had two namesakes, both of which were defendants in their respective court cases. One had a pending case of wife battery and the other, estafa. At least, nobody killed anyone. 

Luckily, the immigration officer let us through with a smile. He said that both suspects were in their 50s, anyway. So surely, they couldn’t have been my husband.

It was different, though, 6 months later. We were departing for Hong Kong that time. The immigration officer put a stamp on my husband’s passport and warned us that it would be the last time he would get through immigration without a “Not The Same Person” (NTSP) certificate.

What the heck was that? I was as clueless as most of you 5 years ago. This article aims to guide people who have or will be having the same problem.

My husband used to be proud of his name. He always boasted about having the same name as a basketball player in the '80s and let’s not forget the glue which had been a popular fixture inside school classrooms since time immemorial. But he now had to pay the price for carrying the 2nd most popular Filipino surname and a first name, which obviously, a lot of parents found endearing.

Hence, our annual trip to the Bureau of Immigration began. This is the same unit in charge of processing clearance for aliens (foreigners) residing in the country. Their office is along Magallanes Drive in Intramuros, Manila. Just a few meters away from the Manila Cathedral.


The Bureau of Immigration is surrounded by universities. Traffic is heavy along the area during regular school days.

Parking is available outside the establishment for a fixed rate of Php40. The good news, there’s a Starbucks right across the street.:) The bad news, here are the list of requirements:


1) National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance - original copy and must be within 1 year validity, IF the court case of your namesake is OUTSIDE Metro Manila.


Court Clearance - signed and sealed, IF the court case of your namesake is WITHIN Metro Manila.

*Note: Either of this is only necessary for first-time applicants. If you had previously applied, you can just bring the original copy of your old NTSP certificate.

2) Affidavit of Denial 
You can get this from a notary public. If you failed to do so in advance, there are several notaries public along Muralla Street. It’s right across the Bureau of  Immigration. Don’t make the mistake of asking fixers or even parking lot attendants to bring you there, for they get an automatic commission per referral. Instead of paying Php150, you will be charged Php300. 

Totally absurd! You pay double just because a fixer pointed you in their direction. But that’s the way they do business. So, just try not to dilly dally and complete your requirements before going there.

3) Photocopy of Passport - data page and all pages with travel stamps.

4) 1x1 or 2x2 Picture - with white background

5) Express Fee: Php500   

Several years ago, the entire application process took around 3 hours. Just recently, we finished everything in 30 minutes. Kudos to you, Sir PNoy!


The actual certificate will be released after one business day. You can send a representative to get it for you, as long as he/she brings your claim stub. Note that the NTSP certificate is only a requirement for overseas travel. If you’re just flying locally, no need to apply for one. And sorry folks, but this certificate is only valid for one year.  One way or another, we will surely bump into each other annually.

My husband's "Not The Same Person" (NTSP) certificate, minus a few details.

My husband used to complain about all this unnecessary hassle until he saw a nun, who was patiently going through the same process. Which...made me question this whole NTSP certificate thing. Why submit an Affidavit of Denial, denying the same thing, every year? Why should a person undergo this annual process if he had already cleared his name the previous year, unless another namesake with a criminal record emerges? Maybe the Php500 express fee can give us some answers?:)


So for parents who are reading this…the next time you think about baby names, you may want to consider checking the criminal record books first. Especially if you have quite a common surname.  You never know. You just might be subjecting your child to this frustrating process year after year.

Bureau of Immigration (Main Office)
Magallanes Drive Intramuros, Manila
Phone numbers: +632 527-3248
1-800-100-ALIEN (24/7 Toll Free)
http://www.immigration.gov.ph/
Email address: xinfo@immigration.gov.ph



51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl,

First time ko kasing kukuha ng NTSP. Tanong ko lang sana kung paano ko makukuha yung list ng mga kapangalan ko na nasa Hold Departure/Watchlist/Blacklist Order? This is needed to get an Affidavit of Denial,right. Hope you can help me.. Salamat! God Bless! :)

Thanks,
JOHN

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

Hi John! You have to go to the Bureau of Immigration. There is a counter there that would provide you with the list of names, their respective case numbers and dates. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

It is only in the Philippines where you have to clear your name because a namesake has a court case somewhere. Great huh. Isn't it supposed to be the court's duty to see to it before issuing a HDO or WLO that everything about the suspect is there, like age, birthdate, biometrics, etc? Why should innocent people suffer the incovenience of trying to clear his/her own name just because their same sake has problem with the law? Isn't this law/ rule stupid? It should be ammended!

Mike

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Mike-You're right. It's complete nonsense and such a waste of time and money. Having to apply for and renew a permit annually because you unfortunately share the same name as a person with a court case is just plain absurd and is one proof of the inefficiency of our immigration system.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl,

I'm a Malaysian, residing in Sabah. I had visited Philippines before and it was my third visit to this wonderful country of yours that i encounter this problem. I was held up at the immigration and i was asked to produce the certificate of NTSP. I was totally in the dark what this is all about. They told me that i have to get this certificate on my next visit. After reading your blog and the trouble i have to go through in getting this certificate, i am not sure whether to go back to the Philippines coz i understand that it is not easy to get clearance from NBI. But your comments and suggestion are most welcome or you can drop a line in my facebook:- msylim@streamyx.com

Michael

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Michael-Hi! I didn't know that foreigners are now also being requested to apply for NTSP to clear their names. Unfortunately, I don't think we have a choice in this matter. Last year, my husband flew to Singapore and Hong Kong and both times we weren't asked to present the NTSP. But we did apply for and brought one just in case. Immigration officers aren't all consistent in their approach. Some show a little leniency while others can be very strict. The worst thing that can happen is for you to fly here only to be denied entry.

I am not sure you can apply for an NBI Clearance from Malaysia. I suggest that you call the Philippine Embassy in your country. They might have a better suggestion regarding the matter. I hope that I have been of some help. Best of luck to this endeavor and I hope you get to visit the Philippines soon.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl, thank you so much for your quick response. I'll take your suggestion and get in touch with the Philippines Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. If i've to go there personally i won't mind flying 2 1/2 hour to go there from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to Kuala Lumpur.

Once again, thank you so much for your help and info.

Michael

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Michael-No problem. Hope everything works out for you.:)

The Pickiest Eater said...

Your post was extremely helpful, thank you so much!

Quick Question.. Where do I get the "Court Clearance"?

:)

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@The Pickiest Eater-Hi! I'm glad my blog could be of help to you. I haven't tried getting a Court Clearance as the court cases of my husband's namesake are outside Metro Manila. But you may find this article useful.

http://giyangpinoy.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/how-to-get-rtc-regional-trial-court-clearance/

God bless!

Snowflakes said...

Hi, I want to thank you for the information as I am trying to go abroad (to my country) with my husband who has a namesake.

We are in the process of getting court clearances, and imagine that the court told us to go see the complainant so that we can get his/her agreement. Imagine that.

Anyway, I really feel for people who are facing the same problem. It's not right that the burden of proof is on the innocent. And one is 'guilty until one can prove their innocence?' It's ridiculous, but I am willing to take it on. I have no choice. Because I live here. I like it here. So, bring it on!

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

Hi Snowflakes. Hope my article was of some help to you. It's really absurd that the courts would even have the audacity to suggest that we get involved and contact case complainants when it's their job to do so. I wish you luck with this task and I hope that you and your husband would soon be able to visit your country. One thing's for sure, you'll definitely enjoy this vacation after the hard process it would require.:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl,

Hope your doing great. I just want to ask you what are the requirements for NTSP renewal? Do i again need an affidavit of denial for this? I will not be needing NBI and court clearance since i do have my old NTSP certificate with me,right? Thanks!

God bless!

-Marcus

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Marcus- Hi! My husband recently found out that if your namesake's pending court case has been stagnant for 5 years or more, you no longer need to renew your NTSP (Not The Same Person) Certificate. The details and dates pertaining to the case/cases are specified in the certificate. Still, you would have to bring the document along on your travels for verification purposes.

However, if this is not the case...I mentioned the requirements in the post above. You don't need to get an NBI clearance anymore for a renewal but I am not sure about the court clearance since my husband's case is not within Metro Manila.

You may contact the Bureau of Immigration at +632 527-3248 for inquiries. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl,

Nagtravel na po ako in and out Philippines. From 2007 up to date. Last January 2012 nilagyan po ng immigration officer ng note yung current passport ko na kailangan kong kumuha ng NTSP. Kaya nagulat ang sabi next time bago ko umalis dapat meron po ako nun.

Balak po naming umuwi for Christmas vacation but the case po is meron lang kaming 3 weeks tapos yung 1 week holiday pa po sa Pinas which sarado po ang mga offices. Madali lang po bang kumuha kasi nakita ko kailangan din po ng NBI which two weeks din ang processing.

Sana po matulungan nyo ako. marami pong salamat ion advance.


Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

The same happened to us and they are really strict about it once na nalagyan na ng note ang passport mo. Yung NBI talagang requirement yan for first time NTSP applicants and as far as I can remember, around 2 days lang naman ang processing. I'm not sure now though. Since nakakuha kasi kami, we haven't applied for a new one because it's not anymore a requirement for NTSP renewal. So kung applicable pa yung two days processing ng NBI and two days processing ng NTSP, you should be able to get your NTSP certificate within 4 days. Good luck and hope everything works out for you. Enjoy your upcoming vacation. God bless.:)

Sanjeev Kumar said...

Hi Cheryl

I have been traveling to Philippines since 2008 couple of times a year.There were no issues until this year in February I was asked about NTSP certificate.
Can you please advise if I can get following documents also from same office or I need to visit some other office ?

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance

- original copy and must be within 1 year validity, IF the court case of your namesake is OUTSIDE Metro Manila.

Court Clearance -

Will appreciate few more details as I dont know much about the city anyway.I will have to leave Manila next week so I might have to apply by Monday it seems as per timelines indicated by you.

Thanks.
Sanjeev

Sanjeev Kumar said...

Hi Cheryl

Please advise if I can get following two certificates also from immigration office ?I am not much familier with the city so few details will help.
I am in Manila only until next week and if I dont get NTSP certificate by that time , I might face problem if I come to Philippines again.

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance - original copy and must be within 1 year validity, IF the court case of your namesake is OUTSIDE Metro Manila.


Court Clearance -

Thanks

Anonymous said...

me ganito na ah bakit kelangan pa ng NTSP

The Hold-Departure Order shall contain the following information:

A. The complete name (including the middle name), the date and place of birth and the place of last residence of the person against whom a Hold-Departure Order has been issued or whose departure from the country has been enjoined;
B. The complete title and the docket number of the case in which the Hold-Departure Order was issued;
C.The specific nature of the case; and
D. The date of the Hold-Departure Order.

http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=58&Itemid=34

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Anonymous-From what I understand, the hold departure order is issued to a person who is directly involved in a legal case. The NTSP certificate is for people who aren't involved in a legal case but unfortunately shares the name of a person for whom a hold departure order has been issued.

Anonymous said...

Hi po if more than five yeras na po ung case ibig po bang sabihin di na po kami kukuha ng not the same person? Thanks po

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Anonymous-Yup. That's what we're told. We recently went overseas and fortunately didn't have any issues with immigration clearance.

Anonymous said...

With all the high technology nowadays especially IT, how i wonder late pa rin ang database system ng Immigration. Di kaya kinakatasan ang mga OFW at Foreign Migrants ng mga corrupt Immigration Officials sa mga unnecessary fees? Nakakahiya tuloy! It makes me discourage to see my home country to have vacation kasi ba naman napa inconvenient mag process ng requirements nila, magbabakasyon ka na nga para mag-relax , i stress in ka panila. Shame! Shame talaga!

Anonymous said...

Hi! just to be sure, I got my NTSP last 2004, my namesake case was in 2002, I will travel end of the month, no need to renew it, isn't it? but I have to bring it to show to the immigration officer. Besides,the first certificate that was issued already proved that you were not the same person, why do we have to renew?

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Anonymous 3:03AM - I totally agree but they recently changed the rules and made it a lot better for most of us. If your namesake's pending court case has been stagnant for 5 years or more, you no longer need to renew your NTSP (Not The Same Person) Certificate. Quite an improvement from our previous situation.:)

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Anonymous 11:52PM - Yes. No need to renew your NTSP if that's the case. But this is a very recent development. They used to require annual renewal of the NTSP.

JP said...

Hi. Im a first time applicant and I stumbled on your blog and wanted to ask regarding step 1 and 2.

For step 1, I dont know where the court cases of my namesakes are. How can I know them? Should I got to BOI first and ask? Or should I just proceed to QC City Hall to get a court clearance?

For step 2, what do I need to bring to get an Affidavit of Denial? Just go to any notary public and request for one?

Thanks a lot!

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@JP-Hi! You can only get the information regarding the location of your namesake's case from the Bureau of Immigration. You wouldn't need a court clearance if the case is outside Metro Manila. Just an NBI would suffice.

You only need to bring a photocopy of your valid ID and a CTC (sedula) to get an Affidavit of Denial.

Hope this information helps you. God bless.

jehan said...

Hi Cheryl! Thank you very much for this wonderful blog....

My husband, baby and I arrived in manila on Aug. 11. while the immigration officer immediately handed me back my passport, so with my baby's, it took him a while to give us back my husband's passport. he said that another Kim Y*H*, a korean national has a "HDP" so while he was clicking here and there, i told him that I have my husband's old passport, our marriage certificate, my old passport, and our family registry, with the date of our baby's birth and the date she was registered by my husband in their family registry... the officer checked them but said this: "PAG MAY TIME KAYO, KUNG MAKAKADAAN KAYO NG BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION SA INTRAMUROS, SUBUKAN NYONG KUMUHA NG NTSP CERTIFICATE." bakit po kailangan yun? e makikita nyo naman po siguro ang details ng asawa ko, ang resident number nya. wala po ba kayong picture ng korean na yan?" he just shrugged his shoulders and said "PAG MAY TIME LANG NAMAN KAYO..." so i asked, pwede po ba sa immigration sa baguio? kase pano naman po kami makakadaan ng intramuros e wala sa itinerary namin ang manila. hindi po ba sya makakalabas sa sept. 17 pag wala kami non? "MAKAKALABAS NAMAN SIGURO, KAYA LANG BAKA MAABALA KAYO.. BAKA LANG MAABALA KAYO SA PAG-EXIT NYO" so i said, so kuya, baka naman pwedeng wala na... 'PWEDE RIN, PERO MAGANDANG DUMAAN NA RIN KAYO" so i said again, so kuya required po talaga sya? and he said "PAG MAKAKADAAN LANG KAYO..."

but reading your entry, i didn't see any other stamp in his passport regarding a NTSP cert... just the arrival and the balikbayan stamp.. now i wonder if do we really need to get it? i wonder what that "stamp" looks like that required your husbnd to get the NTSP cert...

we're going to the NBI to apply for his certificate. i just hope the officers there could know just by looking at his passport travel stamps that we don't need to get one anymore.. oh, keeping our fingers crossed...

thank you very much in advance... and more power to your wonderful blog....

jehan

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

Hi Jehan,

I would recommend that your husband get an NTSP just to avoid inconveniences in your future travels. The immigration officer seemed confused about the right advice to give because he is merely in charge of entry. Still, the fact that the officer told you about a hold departure order under a name similar to your husband's is a warning that he might encounter some problems when he attempts to exit the country. Hope this helps you. God bless.



Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl,

thank you so much for this blog, i have problems too with the Immigration now since i left this year Manila, the Officer warned me too to get a NTSP certificate next time when i visit the Philippines again, now im out of the country, and trying to get a Nbi or NTSP from the Philippine embassy in my Country.
Can you tell me please, if your husband got an extra stamp in his passport that he needs a NTSP? coz i cant see any stamps or notification in my passport,im asking coz i would rather apply for NTSP in the Phillipines when i come back instead of applying here, coz the Philippine embassy is far away from my city where i live.
Thank you in advance

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Anonymous-Hi! To the best of my knowledge, you can get into the Philippines without the NTSP but you might have problems getting out without it. You may definitely process the requirements the next time you're back as it would be easier. As for your other question, my husband's passport was stamped with a warning note that he has been required to get an NTSP. But I don't know anymore how strict they are at the airport. I would suggest though, that you get an NTSP just to avoid any untoward circumstances in the future. God bless.

Anonymous said...

I am a US Citizen, last year we visited the philippines with my filipino wife to her family, when i got to the immigration officer he took my passport and he said to wait. When he finally returned he said there was someone else in the list with same name but no middle name and they advice me to go to the Bureau of Immigration to resolve the problem. I don't understand whats the problem. How long to get all the application and how hard to process this NTSP? We're planning to visit again next year with my Filipino wife. I am confusing how to get the NBI clearance in Philippines I am American can. Your response is highly appreciated. Thank you.

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Anonymous-Unfortunately, this thing happens a lot. The reason why I wrote this article was to give people an idea what to do in case they find their names on that notorious list. To the best of my knowledge, you can get into the Philippines without the NTSP but you might have problems getting out without it the next time you're in the country since you've already recieved a warning. You can definitely process the requirements the next time you're back as it would be easier.

You may apply for an NBI clearance even though you're a foreigner. Check out #7 on this document: http://www.nbi.gov.ph/nbcs/FAQ.pdf

Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl,

I like to read your blog it helps a lot. Need to get this NSTP also..My ask poh ako kung 5years or more na ang case ibig po bang sabihin na hindi na ako kukuha ng NSTP kahit hindi pa ako nakakuha dati? Last visited in Philippines sinabihan ako sa officer sa arrival na to get NSTP to avoid inconvenience lang daw hindi ako nakapunta sa BI last visited kasi walang time, kahit bah saang BI mag process ng NSTP like Cebu or sa main BI only? plano ko next visit ako kukuha. Nabasa ko yong message mo na entire application u finished like 30 minutes pano na yong NBI diba mahirap satin kumuha ng NBI? Salamat

Kate

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Kate-Hi! You would still need to apply for an NTSP certificate if you haven't done so yet in the past. If your namesake's case has been stagnant for 5 years or so, you wouldn't need to re-apply again after a year. You just need to bring your existing NTSP along in your travels for reference, even though it's already past its one year validity.

The process of applying for an NTSP only took 30 minutes but the NBI application was another story. The last time we went through the process, it took us around 2-3 hours to finish and a one-week wait to get the clearance itself. I'm just not sure if it's the same waiting time nowadays since we haven't applied for one since early 2011. Hope this helps. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl, thank you so much sa reply! So NBI lang bah ang hirap kunin yong ibang requirements not bad bah? Example magstart ako ng Monday matapos kuna ba lahat yan pagka friday? para mabigyan ko ng time kasi limited lang ang bakasyon ko sa pinas, pwede bah dun ako magprocess sa BI sa Cebu kc taga Cebu ako or need sa main office ng BI dun sa intramurus?Thanks che your blog really helps a lot.

Kate

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Kate-I can't give you an exact estimate as the processing time for an NBI clearance differs per location/office you're applying at. But in our case 2.5 years ago, it took 7 days for the NBI clearance to be released. By the way, check if your namesake's court case is within Metro Manila. Because if it is, you would need a court clearance instead of an NBI. The only way you would know is for you to check with the Bureau of Immigrations. You should also ask them if you can apply for an NTSP at their Cebu branch. You can reach them throught these numbers:

Bureau of Immigration National Operations Center (BINOC)
+632 524-3769 • +632 523-4870 • +632 524-3824
1-800-100- ALIEN (24/7 Toll Free)

Anonymous said...

I was asked for NTSP too on my last departure on June, almost not able to make it, glad I have several ID with me that convince the officer I am not the one on the list, but was required to get one for my next departure, is the annual renewal still up for the NTSP or they eliminated it? as I read on BI website, they now also require another Cert BICC which is another 500 pesos, is it true?

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Anonymous-Not sure about the BICC. We haven't been to the BOI since the pending court case of my husband's namesake has been stagnant for 5 years. Renewal of the NTSP is no longer a requirement in our case. God bless.

Anonymous said...

hi ms cheryl...evrytime na nag aabroad ako..hino hold ako sa departure for a few min pero after na verify na hindi ako yung same person na me kaso..they allowed me to go..are my old passports are enough evidence na hindi ako yung me kaso for them to allow me to go abroad?last time they ask me for ntsp...so sa immigration ko pala makukuha yun..hindi sa court right? thank you..me email kba?tnx

Anonymous said...

What are the qualifications for you to be asked to get the NTSP? it seems subjective to me. My horrible experience was when the immigration officer told me "ma'am, may kapangalan kayo". That person was on the alert list and indeed, has the same name as me but that person had no middle name listed, whereas, clearly, my passport had my complete name together with middle name. Yet, i was still asked to get the NTSP. "Baka mahirapan daw akong makaalis" if i dont have it.
So, i went to the immigration office. Upon submitting the application form, i was asked to come back after 3 hours for me to get the advice as to where the court case of my namesake was filed. I didnt wait 3 hours...i waited longer! It took me a whole afternoon of waiting...just to get the court details!!! next day had to go to court to get a court clearance. I had to go back to the Immigration office again to submit the court clearance. I was asked to wait again...for the whole afternoon again just for them to give me a payment advice!!! After paying, i have to come back after a week to get the NTSP. After a week, i went back on my designated date and time of release, again, i was still asked to wait! As if they are just about to process the NTSP on my designated date and time! All in all it took me 3 days in the immigration office and 1 day in court. There has to be some other way where they can verify the identity of a person. The passport and other IDs should be enough and yet i was subjected to this kind of bureaucracy all because the officer was subjective. The person on the alert list did not even have a middle name whereas I do. Again, what is the basis for the officer in asking for you to produce the NTSP?! this is not tourist friendly at all and is very UN-fun in the Phil.

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

Unfortunately for all of us, they are very strict about it. My husband has a very common first and last name but he has a second name and a middle name that's quite unique. Still, that didn't save him from all this hassle. As far as I can tell, when your first and last name matches someone on their list, you automatically become a flight risk.

Ryan said...

I experienced the same and i believe that this is a form of harassment. The BI should have complete information on the case to avoid hassle to other people who happen to have the same LAST name and FIRST name! It was a hassle getting that NTSP certificate from the BI!

Section 3 of the DOJ Circular clearly states that the information should be complete.
Section 3. Completeness of Information. - To ensure the proper identification of the subject of the HDO/WLO and to avoid inconvenience to any innocent party, all applications or requests, including the HDO/WLO to be issued, shall contain the following information of the subject:
a. Complete name, i.e. given name, middle name or initial and surname;
b. Alias/es, if any;
c. Date and place of birth;
d. Place of last residence;
e. Passport details, if available;
f. Recent photograph, if available;
g. Complete title and docket number of the case; and
h. Specific nature of the case.

If the information is not complete then the Bureau of Immigration is not following the DOJ circular.

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Ryan-I completely agree. I think it's too much of a hassle considering the fact that there are plenty of other ways to verify a person's identity like by one's fingerprint and by checking a person's middle name, photo and birthdate etc. Still, people are forced to go through this tedious process because once they mark your passport, you won't be able to exit the country the next time you plan to travel. Too bad for people with common surnames.:(

memphysproject said...

hi ate pede po magtnong gusto ko lng kasi malinawan lahat ng requirement.. need ko din kumuha ng NTSP. first time lng po ako kukuha nito.. sana po makapag reply kayo agad.. maraming salaman po..

1. NBI-- meaning po ba kapag yung kaso eh nafile OUTSIDE MM kaylangan pa kumuha nito?
kung sa MM nmn na file yung kaso HINDI na need nito?

2.Court clearance -- pede po paexplain kung pano kumuha nito?

3. affidavit of denial -- sa notary po sa labas ng BI po ang kuhanan nito tama po ba?

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Memphysproject- Hi! Not sure where to get the court clearance as the only requirement for us was to get an NBI. Sorry that I couldn't help more. For more information, call the Bureau of Immigration at phone numbers: +632 527-3248.

Tintin said...

Hi, how would you know if you have the same namesake? Is is thru NBI clearance? I'm flying to SG this Saturday and I dont want to get held up because of this problem. Thanks!

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

Unfortunately, you wouldn't know until they stop you at the airport. If it's your first time, they normally let you go with just a stamp on your passport and a warning that you wouldn't be able to exit the country next time without an NTSP. Safe travels!

Renee Quiazon said...

Hi! Last 2014 my husband was allowed to leave and was advised to get an NBI Clearance to avoid problems next time he travels. He was not told to secure NTSP certificate. We are travelling this March we already have his NBI clearance, do you think that would be enough since his passport was not stamped with a warning? Thank you

Cheryl Ann Lei Reyes said...

@Renee-Hi! If they didn't specify the need for an NTSP, then an NBI clearance is probably good enough. Lucky you!:) Safe travels!

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