“Each individual, resident of this State, who is a debtor is
entitled to retain free of the enforcement of the claims of
creditors . . ..” N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1C-1601(f).

This state permits only its residents to use its exemptions.  
Therefore, if it is the applicable state (as determined by the
method stated on the home page of this site), its exemptions
may be used only if the debtor is a resident of this state on the
date of filing bankruptcy.