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Central African Republic: The residence certificate issued by the vital statistics service of the local government of Bangui, including the use of the certificate, the status of its holders, the conditions for obtaining it, and the signing authority (1996)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 8 January 2004
Citation / Document Symbol CAF42277.FE
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Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Central African Republic: The residence certificate issued by the vital statistics service of the local government of Bangui, including the use of the certificate, the status of its holders, the conditions for obtaining it, and the signing authority (1996) , 8 January 2004, CAF42277.FE , available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/403dd1e6c.html [accessed 23 July 2014]
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All of the following information was provided by the executive assistant to the head of the special delegation (the person who performs mayoral duties) of the city of Bangui during a telephone interview on 6 January 2004.

A residence certificate (certificat de résidence), issued only on request to any citizen of the Central African Republic, certifies that an individual resides in a given location. Foreigners, however, are issued residence cards (cartes de séjour) by the local government. A residence certificate issued by the city of Bangui certifies that an individual resides in Bangui.

A residence certificate is obtained only on presentation of an original copy of a birth certificate. It allows holders to acquire a certificate of nationality from a tribunal judge, which is required in order to obtain a Central African passport. The residence certificate, which must be renewed each time a person changes his or her place of residence (city of residence), always bears the signature of the head of the special delegation of a city or that of his or her assistant.

Between 1995 and 1997, residence certificates were supposed to have been signed by Becket Dieudonné Patrick or Gabirault Olivier, who served successively as head of the special delegation of the city of Bangui during that time, or by their assistants.

Corroboration of this information could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Reference

Bangui local government. 6 January 2004. Telephone interview with the executive assistant to the head of the special delegation.

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB Databases

Resource Centre country file. Central African Republic

Internet sites, including:

Africatime

Allafrica

Association internationale des maires francophones (AIMF)

Centrafrique-presse.com

Sangonet

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Visa Reciprocity and Country Documents Finder

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