Last Updated on December 16, 2020 by Swati Brijwasi
What is domicile certificate
In simple terms, a domicile certificate or a residential certificate is issued by a country government to express that the individual possessing the domicile certificate or residence certificate is actually a resident of this State or Union Territory as stipulated in the domicile certificate itself.
A woman who is neither a national nor a state citizen, nor is she otherwise a legal resident of the country, but married to someone who is also a domicile or domicilator may also apply for a domicile certificate. The person who granted the domicile or residential certificate may also be a nonresident person or an alien. A person may also obtain a domicile certificate without satisfying the age requirement, provided that he can establish that his presence in the domicile or residential area is voluntary and not involuntary. A person may obtain a domicile certificate either on his own request or on the application of any other person who has the same motive and who also possesses the same legal qualifications.
domicile certificates are issued by the government or any municipal authority. A local government might issue a domicile certificate to an applicant upon fulfilling the eligibility conditions specified by the said authority. Usually, the eligibility conditions are that the applicant should be a male adult; he should be at least 18 years of age; he should have a normal mental state; and he should have a clean record with no criminal conviction. In some States, if the applicant does not meet the above mentioned norms, he may also submit documents to the registrar of deeds attesting that he is neither bankrupt nor a bankrupt; and the papers relating to his marriage to show that he was legally married.
Besides the above mentioned requirements, there are certain other specifications for obtaining a domicile certificate in different states. In some States, to get the certificate, the union territory must be verified by the Board of Equalization. The Board of Equalization’s chief aim is to make sure that the distribution of income among the residents of the State is fairly balanced. The distribution of income is based on the percentage of the population that lives in a domicile and the percentage of the State’s total population that lives in domicile.
Another important condition to fulfill to obtain the domicile certificate in different states is to have been resident in that State for at least fifteen years. If an individual was not a resident of a State for fifteen years, he may not get the certification, even if he might have been a permanent resident. To illustrate the importance of having been a permanent resident for at least fifteen years, bear in mind that an immigrant may not have been a resident for fifteen years but was admitted as an immigrant, and then later on, decided to acquire a domicile certificate, to enable him to avail himself of certain privileges such as being allowed to obtain naturalization.
The domicile certificate usually contains information such as the name of the owner of the property, his date of birth, the nationality or citizenship of the owner, his marital status (married/divorce/widowed/no marital status), his profession, if he is self-employed, and his occupation if he is employed and if he has been self-employed previously. The documents must also show proof that he is an inhabitant of the State, that he had acquired the domicile of the said property, that he had registered the property with the county or municipality, and that he is properly maintaining the property. A sample of the kind of documentation typically required for application of a domicile certificate can be seen on the internet. An online search can provide one with valuable information on obtaining the kind of documentation that is needed.
In most cases, if the applicant Cnic is denied his application for immigration, the reason given by the USCIS could be found out by reviewing his domicile records. The reasons may include the fact that he failed to establish the residency needed for naturalization or that the grounds for his naturalization were incorrect. In some cases, the decision may be based on insufficient evidence for the verification of the applicant’s domicile, while in other cases, the decision may simply be based on the fact that the applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to authenticate his claim. It is therefore up to the applicant to ensure that his documentation is attested by a sworn individual, which would mean that there is enough documentary proof to support the claim. This would make it easier for the applicant to obtain a review of his application by the USCIS in the event that his application for citizenship is rejected.