Benefits of an Armenian Passport Armenian passport (citizenship) can be acquired by ethnic Armenians, i.e. those who have ancestors of Armenian origin, as well as long-term residents of Armenia, spouses of Armenian citizens and certain other categories of individuals. Below is a list of 15 reasons why obtaining an [...]
Armenia is perhaps the easiest country for immigration in Europe, if not the whole world. Immigrants are not required to prove income, make large investments, purchase real property, have bank accounts, obtain health insurance, speak Armenian etc. In Armenia there are no work permits and Armenian employers are not required to prefer local people over foreigners. Residence [...]
The Armenian Constitution, the law on Foreigners, the international agreements of Armenia, and other legal acts regulate the issues related to immigration, and the Code of Administrative Offences provides penalties for immigration violations. The Chapter 2 of the law on Foreigners (articles 6 - 10) regulates the visa obtaining procedures, visa types, revocation of visa and entry [...]
Any type of business activity in Armenia, including passive investment, qualifies for a temporary residence permit, irrespective of the actual amount invested. Thus, Armenia might be a good option for those who cannot afford large investments.
Armenian immigration authorities must follow objective criteria when deciding whether to grant or refuse applications for visa or residence permit. However, the evaluation of certain evidence is unavoidably subjective. In particular, the application may be rejected if the applicant presented false information about him/herself, failed to submit necessary documents or if the immigration authorities have knowledge that [...]
Visas for nationals of certain countries can be issued only by Armenian consulates abroad. Wait times for visa appointments vary and normally take several days. Temporary and permanent residence permits are issued 30 days after the petition.
Ordinary business visas in Armenia are issued for a period of up to 120 days, extendable by another 60 days. Temporary residence permits are issued for 1 year and are renewable. Permanent residence cards are valid for 5 years. Foreigners holding residence cards for more than 3 years may be eligible for naturalization.
Unless a foreign individual is exempted from work permit requirements, the employer must first obtain a work permit by applying to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MLSA) of Armenia. The migrant must then apply for a temporary residence permit in order to be granted the permission to live and work in Armenia. The process [...]
Generally a holder of an Armenian visa is not entitled to work in Armenia unless s/he also holds a work permit. Highly skilled foreign specialists, business owners, executives and certain other categories of workers are exempt from work permit requirements. The transfer of staff (skilled or non-qualified) is subject to obtaining both a work permit and [...]
People transiting Armenia do not require a visitor visa if they are stopping off at an Armenian airport on their way to another country, staying in Armenia for less than 48 hours, and not leaving the transit area of the airport. These individuals do not enter Armenia nor do they pass through immigration control. A [...]
Armenian immigration law does not contain specific regulations for giving or receiving short-term training. Work permit may be required if payment or benefit is received while in Armenia. An individual may enter Armenia as a business visitor for the purpose of providing short-term training under certain circumstances, such as providing training for up to 6 [...]
A business visitor cannot undertake work activities while in Armenia, unless these activities are exempted from work permit requirements. Permitted activities during a business trip include meetings, interviews, discussions, negotiations, exploring business opportunities, attending conferences, conducting site visits, taking orders or purchasing goods or services. Payment by an Armenian entity of salary or other remuneration [...]
Visa requirements for entering Armenia vary greatly between different nationalities. Visa exempt nationals (EU/EFTA and CIS) may travel to Armenia for periods of up to 180 days. Other nationals can enter Armenia and obtain a visa at port of arrival. Visa fees range from $7 to $100 for a 120-day multiple entry visa. Visas can [...]
Starting from January 1, 2015 Armenia will join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), which provides for a common market and free movement of workers among the member states (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia). It is worth noting that these privileges do not apply to foreigners who hold a residence permit in Armenia. Such residents shall [...]
Expatriate workers in Armenia shall possess an individual work permit issued my the Ministry of Social Affairs. This requirement does not apply to the following categories of foreigners: Holders of permanent or special residency permits; Holders of temporary residency permits if such a temporary residence permit is issued on the basis of being a family member of [...]
Armenia has a very liberal immigration policy favoring free movement of persons and business immigration. Immigrating to Armenia is a fast and relatively low cost procedure. Immigrants are not required to make large investments, purchase real property, obtain health insurance, speak Armenian etc. Nationals of EU/EFTA countries and former USSR countries can [...]