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 Armenian passport can be an excellent investment of your time.

1.Valuable travel document.

Armenian passport allows you to travel visa-free to dozens of countries, including Russia and other former Soviet countries. In many cases it may be easier to obtain visas to other countries using an Armenian passport rather than your current passport.

2. Citizenship passes to future generations

Your children and grandchildren will be able to get Armenian passports, irrespective of whether they ever move to Armenia. The rules are the same for mothers and fathers.

3.Government assistance.

Armenia has a number of government-sponsored programs for its citizens, including government-financed education and medical treatment, welfare benefits etc.
Your children and grandchildren will be able to get Armenian passports, irrespective of whether they ever move to Armenia. The rules are the same for mothers and fathers.

4.Preferential treatment in Eurasian Economic Union.

You can take advantage of beneficial treatment in countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) in areas of employment, work permits, social protection etc.

5.Land ownership.

As a citizen you can own agricultural and other land in Armenia, a privilege that is generally not available to foreigners.

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Safety.

Armenia is generally considered to be very safe and has one of the lowest crime rates. If the economic or political situation is your country gets worse you can use your Armenian passport to temporarily or permanently move to Armenia with your family.

7.More freedom and options.

Having a second passport will help you avoid problems that may result from your country’s foreign policy and domestic regulations (for example, difficulties with banking). A second passport can be useful if you seek more privacy or if your first passport is expired, lost or confiscated. Finally, you will need a second passport if you ever decide to renounce your current citizenship.

8.Participate in political life in Armenia.

An Armenian passport will allow you to participate in the political life of Armenia, to elect and to be elected.

9.Dual citizenship allowed. 

Armenian government will not ask you to give up your current citizenship. Equally, once you have an Armenian passport you can acquire other passports and travel documents without the need to notify the Armenian government.

10.Fast.

The application process normally takes less than 6 months. If the application is filed in Armenia and the case is straightforward the approval is likely to come in about 4 months. Once your application is approved you can get a passport in a matter of days.

11.Easy.

Essentially, you will need a document showing you qualify for citizenship (e.g. baptism certificate), a birth certificate and a valid passport. The application form asks for basic biographic information. There is no need to provide police certificates, proof of address, tax returns etc. Please contact us to check what documents will be required in your specific case.

12.Inexpensive.

Government fees for application and obtaining a passport are very low and should not exceed $70-80 even if you use optional fast-track services.

13.No language requirements.

If you are Armenian by origin you qualify for citizenship even if you do not have any knowledge of Armenian language.

14. No residency requirements.

If you are Armenian by origin you qualify for citizenship even if you have never been to Armenia. After you get your passport you do not have to spend a minimum number of days in Armenia to maintain your status.

15.Family members covered.

Once you get your citizenship your children can automatically get Armenian passports and your spouse becomes eligible for applying for citizenship.

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Why You Should Not Delay Your Application

In December of 2015 Armenians voted for a new Constitution which, among other things, set new rules for ethnic Armenians to qualify for a passport. In particular, article 47 of the new Constitution now states that ethnic Armenians can acquire citizenship only after moving their residence to Armenia. This new restriction will radically reduce the number of ethnic Armenians who can qualify for citizenship as the absolute majority of them does not reside in Armenia. The new restrictions will be implemented after the Law on Citizenship is brought in line with the new Constitution. It is difficult to say when exactly this will happen but it is wise to file your application without further delay.

Arguments Against Citizenship

Military duty. Males aged 18 to 26 are generally subject to a 2-year military service, unless they are exempted because of health or certain other issues. Those who are 27 and above are not subject to military service in times of peace but may be mobilized if a situation of war is declared. It is worth noting that a situation of war has never been declared in Armenia. Even if such situation is declared in the future it is highly unlikely that naturalized citizens with no military experience will be called to serve. In any case, if you are not comfortable with the idea of registering with a military office, you can apply for and obtain a special passport, which is not a citizenship document but will grant you many of the benefits of citizenship, including land ownership.

Taxes. Armenia does not apply citizenship-based taxation. Your residency in Armenia may affect your taxes if you stay in Armenia for more than 183 days in a year. However, your citizenship generally has no effect on taxes.

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