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01.How do we obtain the NRC Application Form?

NRC Application Forms are being distributed house to house by the Field Level Officers (FLOs) in all the districts who are specially notified to perform this function. It is also available on our web-site.

02. Is there any fee for obtaining the Application Form?

The Application Forms are distributed free of cost. Any instance of Field Level Officer or any other government official asking for money against Application Form may be reported to the respective DC (District Registrar of Citizen Registration)/ Circle Officer (Circle Registrar of Citizen Registration)/ Local Registrar of Citizen Registration (LRCR). Complaint may also be lodged by calling at NRC toll free helpline number 15107 or by submitting a complaint in our website.

03. Who are eligible to apply for inclusion in updated NRC?

All the residents of the state are eligible to apply for inclusion in NRC.

04. I’ve lost my Application Form distributed by your officer. Can I use a photocopy of the blank Application form given to my neighbour and submit it at my designated NSK?

Yes. You may also use photocopies of blank Application Form or may download it from the website of NRC Assam (nrcassam.nic.in/application-form.html). It is not mandatory to use and submit an Application Form received only through Field Level Officer.

05. I’ve received an Assamese Application Form but I want to fill up the form in English. Is it allowed to fill up the Assamese Application Form in English?

Application Forms in English can also be filled up in Assamese and Bengali, the Form in Bengali can also be filled up in Assamese and English and the Form in Assamese can also be filled up in English.

06. How do I fill up the Application Form?

The Head of the family will fill up the Application Form for self and all the members of a family including those who may not be presently residing in Assam or, may be residing in any other state of the country or outside the country. In the case of absence of the head of the family, any other adult member in the family can apply.

In case of minor or disabled person, the head of the family or the natural guardian/ legal guardian may apply on behalf of such persons. For inmates of institutional homes, orphanages, home for mentally and physically handicapped persons, old age homes etc, the head of the institution shall have to apply.

All the fields of the Application Form will have to be filled in completely and copies of Legacy Data/Legacy Data Code references/admissible documents as required will have to be enclosed by the applicant along with the Application Form. Only photocopies of documents are needed to be enclosed. Originals shall be asked for during verification.

Check the Video Tutorials gallery on HOW TO FILL UP THE APPLICATION FORM? Also check out the Instruction Sheets on Simple Steps to Fill Up the Application Form in this web-site. Citizens may also call at the toll free help line number 15107 for any assistance required in filling up the Application Form.

07. I am not confident of filling up the NRC Application Form correctly. Can I obtain some assistance from government in helping me out in correctly filling up the Form for my family?

For facilitating easy filling up of the NRC Application Form the following are the awareness/publicity materials developed for public.

I. A sheet distributed with each Application Form called “NRC Updation Application Form Fill Up Made Easy” that provides simple steps for easy fill up of the Application Form in addition to the instructions printed on the Application Form itself. If this is not received with the Application Form, complaint may also be lodged by calling NRC toll free helpline number 15107 or by submitting complaint in the website of NRC, Assam as well (nrcassamcomplaints.in/). This sheet can also be accessed online at the website of NRC, Assam (nrcassam.nic.in/application-form.html).

II. An exhaustive takeaway leaflet detailing prerequisites of Application Form fill up viz. documents required, and instructions on answering each question of the Application Form. The leaflets are distributed in the Community Level Meetings conducted in both urban and rural areas by the officials of district administration. The leaflet can also be accessed in the website of NRC, Assam (nrcassam.nic.in/leaflets.html).

III. Video tutorials on how to fill up the Application Form taking example of a fictional family of Chandra Sarma. The video tutorials are made available for viewing and download in the website of NRC, Assam (nrcassam.nic.in/videos.html). The videos are also uploaded in YouTube for public viewing. The public may also watch the videos during Community Level Meetings conducted by the officials of district administration.

IV. A pictorial leaflet is developed illustrating how the fictional Chandra Sarma family collects documents and fills up the Application Form. The Field Level Officer may be approached by public for obtaining a copy of this leaflet. The same has also been made available in all NSKs as well as in the website of NRC, Assam (nrcassam.nic.in/leaflets.html).

V. In order to further aid the public in easily filling up of the Application Form, practice sheets of the Side C of the Application Form are printed. Public may obtain the copies of practice sheet from nearest NSK to practice filling up of the Application Form to ensure that the Forms are filled up correctly and neatly.

08. How and where do I submit my Application Form?

Applicants have to submit their Application Forms at their designated NRC Seva Kendra (NSK), which shall also act as the Application Receipt Centre. Each NSK displays a flex banner showing details of the villages/wards under its jurisdiction. The designated NSK shall receive Application Form from the villages/wards earmarked under it. As such the public is required to acquaint themselves with their designated NSK. Adequate publicity measures shall be undertaken by NRC authorities in aiding the community to know their designated NSK. On submission of Application Form by the public, the LRCR will check and receive the Form upon ascertaining its acceptability. On receipt of a duly filled in Application Form along with required documents, the NSK operator shall give the applicant a printout of the scanned copy of the Application Form with a summary of documents submitted by the applicant as Acknowledgement Receipt bearing an Application Receipt Number (ARN) & a bar code. Only photocopies of documents are needed to be enclosed. Originals shall be asked for during verification. The Application Form shall be submitted by any member of the family. However, it’s compulsory for each family to submit the Form through any of its members, and not through any outsider. In the most unavoidable case when the form is required to be submitted by anyone outside the family, the application will be accepted but photograph of such bearer will be captured at NSK for record and verification. Application Forms can also be submitted online after registration by using the mobile number of the applicant as mentioned in the Form.

09. What are the other documents to be collected for submission with the Application Form?

There will be two requirements for inclusion of names of any person in updated NRC:

1) The first requirement is collection of documents of ANY OF the following documents of List A issued before midnight of 24th March, 1971 where name of self or ancestor appears (to prove residence in Assam up to midnight of 24th March, 1971).

1. 1951 NRC OR
2. 1971 Electoral Roll(s) upto 1971 OR
3. Land & Tenancy Records OR
4. Citizenship Certificate OR
5. Permanent Residential Certificate OR
6. Refugee Registration Certificate OR
7. Passport OR
9. Any Govt issued License/Certificate OR
10. Govt. Service/ Employment Certificate OR
11. Bank/Post Office Accounts OR
12. Birth Certificate OR
13. Board/University Educational Certificate OR
14. Court Records/Processes.

Further, two other documents viz (1) Circle Officer/ GP Secretary Certificate in respect of married women migrating after marriage (can be of year before or after 24th March (midnight) 1971, and (2) Ration Card issued upto the midnight of 24th March, 1971 can be adduced as supporting documents. However, these two documents shall be accepted only if accompanied by any one of the documents listed above.

2) The Second requirement arises if name in any of the documents of List A is not that of the applicant himself/ herself but the name appearing in List A is that of an ancestor, namely, father or mother or grandfather or grandmother or great grandfather or grandmother (and so) of the applicant. In such cases, the applicant shall have to submit documents as in List B below to establish relationship with such ancestor i.e father or mother or grandfather or grandmother or great grandfather or grandmother etc. appearing in List A. such document shall have to be a legally acceptable document which clearly proves such relationship.

1. Birth Certificate OR
2. Land document OR
3. Board/University Certificate OR
4. Bank/LIC/Post Office records OR
5. Circle Officer/GP Secretary Certificate in case of married women OR
6. Electoral Roll OR
7. Ration Card OR
8. any other legally acceptable document

For example, the Birth Certificate gives the name of the father/ mother and the child together in one place and can prove the parent child relationship. Similarly, a land mutation document carrying the name of both the child and the father/ mother can be used to prove a parent child relationship. Electoral Roll also may carry the name of the father and child together and can be used to establish the parent child relationship.

Points to be remembered:

* Providing Any one of the documents of List A *ANY PERIOD* upto midnight of 24th March, 1971 shall be enough to prove eligibility for inclusion in updated NRC. Rumors about requirement of documents only of pre-1966 period are baseless.

* NRC 1951 and Electoral Rolls upto 24th March (midnight) 1971, collectively termed as Legacy Data, as available, has been published by the Government in NRC Seva Kendras (NSKs) across the state. Free of cost printout of such records bearing Legacy Data Code against each name may be obtained from NSKs. The same can also be accessed through the website of NRC, Assam (www.nrcassam.nic.in).

* Even if one’s name is not found in the Legacy Data, Application Forms can still be submitted by quoting particulars in any other admissible document listed from 3 to14
(List A).

* Circle Officer/ GP Secretary Certificate in respect of married women migrating after marriage is only optional and not mandatory. Married women can also use other valid documents to prove linkage.

* Even if anyone’s name, age etc is wrongly recorded in NRC 1951 or in any of the Electoral Rolls upto 1971, there would be ample scope for citizens to prove their linkage with the correct person during Field Verification. Affidavits if submitted will be received but corrections mentioned therein would be effected only after satisfactory verification of its particulars by verifying officials.

* Documents given in List B shall be used to prove relationship of the applicant with the person whose name appears in any of the documents in List A. Documents given in List B are only for proving relationship/linkage and only supportive in nature. As such, existence of a valid document in List A shall be a pre-requisite to consider validity of Document from List B.

* Any document submitted should be verifiable with the originals available with the issuing authority. This document can be issued on any date and has no reference to the date 24th March, 1971.

10. I don’t have any document to show my linkage with my ancestors, can I still submit my Application Form in my designated NSK?

The Application Forms should be filled up completely and correctly and also should be enclosed with all required documents for interest of public. However, Application Forms will be accepted at the first instance in NRC Seva Kendras (NSKs) even if submitted without relevant documents or any document at all. However, in such cases the public run the risk of getting their Application Form rejected during scrutiny of Application Form carried out to establish eligibility for inclusion in updated NRC.

11. Is it mandatory to mention the house number in the Application form?

It is not compulsory for applicants to fill in the House Number in the Application Form if the same is not usually used by the applicant while describing his/her address. There is no requirement to search or ascertain any Census House Number or Election House Number or any other House Number generated by government agencies.

12. My ancestor’s name is wrongly spelt in the Legacy Data slip. Will my Application Form be rejected at the time of submission?

Application Form would not be rejected on the basis of names wrongly spelt in Legacy Data quoted by the applicant.

13. My name is included in the voter list of Nalbari, but I’m presently residing in Guwahati. Do I need to produce any electoral roll to obtain the Application Form for my family?

Public are not required to produce any electoral roll or any other document for obtaining Application Forms for their families.

14. Currently I’m outside the state. How and when can I submit the Application Form for NRC updation?

Forms can also be submitted online from 22nd June 2015 through the website of NRC, Assam (www.nrcassam.nic.in).

15. Why should I submit the Application Form in the date mentioned to me by the Field Level Officer who visited my house for Form delivery?

The date of Application receipt for individual family will be intimated by the Filed Level Officer visiting house to house for delivering the Form. The date is intimated to avoid overcrowding and systematic receipt of Application Forms in NSKs.

16. When can I visit the NSKs? What are the working days of NRC Seva Kendras (NSKs)?

NSKs are operational on all working days except on second and fourth Saturdays, all Sundays and on government holidays.

17.What is the last date of submission of the Application Form? If I miss my given date of Form submission assigned to me by the FLO, up to which date I can visit my designated NSK to submit the Form?

Application Form receipt shall close on 31st July 2015.

18. Is there any age bar for registration under NRC Assam?


19. Will NRI be considered in NRC?

Yes. He/she is eligible for inclusion in NRC updation process provided he/she falls under the category of eligible persons.

20. If the form is downloaded from the website, will it be considered for submission at the NRC Seva Kendra?

Yes. You can download the Application Form online and submit the same at your designated NRC Seva Kendra.

21. Can we take the Xerox copy of the NRC Application Form?

Yes, a Xerox copy can be taken in case it is used for the same family.

22. Is it necessary to fill up the Application Form by all the family members?

Yes, it is. The head of the family must ensure that the names of all the members of the household are mentioned in the relevant columns given in the Application Form. The head of the family will have to sign the application.

23. My father lives abroad, who can apply in his absence?

If you are the eldest member of the family you can apply by establishing your and your siblings’ linkage to your father and grandfather in the Legacy Data. Your mother too can fill up the Application form. However she will need to establish her linkage independently to her father or grandfather in the Legacy Data.

24. What happens in case the applicant is a minor and lives in an orphanage, how can she/he prove her/his nationality?

The legal guardian of the child has the authority to apply.

25. What documents are required in case of a married woman?

Just like men, any woman shall also have to prove linkage with her father or mother or grandfather or grandmother as the case may be. As married woman are more usually referred to through their husbands, it is clarified that for establishing eligibility for inclusion in updated NRC, they shall have to prove linkage with her father or mother or grandfather or grandmother as the case may be and linkage with husbands or in-laws shall not be counted.

26. I’m born and brought up in UK, however my father is an Indian and now he is residing in India. Can I apply for NRC updation and if yes, what document should I provide to establish my linkage with my father?

Yes, you can apply for NRC updation by providing any government document showing your linkage with your father. The documents will be verified by the verification team.

27. I have been disowned by my father. Can I still apply for NRC updation with his linkage?

Yes, you can.

28. If a child is adopted by his/her relative without any court agreement then who will be the parents in this NRC.

The guardian of the child shall apply on behalf of the child. The linkage of parents as known to the relative who has adopted the child to be provided.

29. Will I get an acknowledgement slip after submission of Application Form?

Yes. The Application Receipt Centre at the NRC Seva Kendra will issue a computer generated receipt to the applicant. The receipt signed by the Local Registrar of Citizen Registration (LRCR) shall be accompanied by a printout of the scanned copy of the Application Form and a list of the names of the documents submitted in support of citizenship.

30. What acknowledgement shall I receive, when I submit the form online?

A copy of the submitted Form will be generated and it can be downloaded for future reference.

31. I have lost the acknowledgement slip. What should I do?

Please visit your nearest allotted NRC Seva Kendra and request them for another copy of your receipt. However, do remember that the Seva Kendras shall be available only for a period of 3(three) months at the designated locality for receipt of application.


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