Benefits of Holding a Residence Permit of Armenia
A residence permit, temporary or permanent, allows you and your family members to travel freely to and from Armenia without a visa, to live, work, study, do business and engage in any other lawful activity in Armenia without work permits or other papers. Armenia is a beautiful country in Eastern Europe with extremely low crime rate. Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is considered to be one of the safest cities in the world. Please note that Armenia is not a member of the European Union and the Schengen zone.
As a holder of a residence permit you become eligible to apply for Armenian citizenship after three years of residence. You are not required to spend a certain number of days in Armenia to become eligible. Armenian passport is a valuable document allowing you to travel visa-free to dozens of countries.
Procedure for Obtaining a Residence Permit in Armenia
You can obtain a temporary or permanent residence permit in Armenia. It is not possible to obtain a residence permit through embassies abroad. Thus the first step to getting a residence permit is to visit Armenia in person. Depending on your country of citizenship you may need an invitation letter from Armenia before applying for a visa.
Initially your visa will be issued by the Embassy for several days or weeks (e.g. 21 days). You must apply for a residence permit before your visa expires. If this is not possible you will need to extend your visa.
Please note that you do not have to submit the documents for residency in person. We can collect and file documents on your behalf if you give us a power of attorney. Normally we recommend that you plan to stay in Armenia for at least a couple of weeks.
It is possible to obtain a temporary or permanent residence permit in only 30 days after your dossier is filed with the Immigration Office (Passport and Visa Department of the Armenian Police). You do not have to stay in Armenia while your application is being processed. If you are not in Armenia when the residence permit is readywe will pick it up and mail it to you with FedEx or other courier mail.
Your family members – spouse, minor and adult children, parents (also siblings if you hold a permanent residence permit)- can apply for residence permits after you get your residence permit. The permits will be issued in 30 days. Although it is possible to apply for you and your family members simultaneously it is advisable to wait until the principal application is approved and then only apply for the dependents.
Types of Residence Permits: Temporary and Permanent
Temporary residence permits are issued for 1 year and are renewable each time for 1-year. Permanent residence permit are issued for 5 years and are renewable each time for 5 years. The number of renewals is not limited.
Special Passport (Special Residence Permit)
Residence Permit Requirements
To qualify for a residence permit you must fall into one of these categories:
If you own a business you can apply for either a temporary or a permanent residence permit. There are no restrictions on the type of business you can do (e.g. retail store, import/export, farming, manufacturing, travel agency, consulting business etc.). There are no minimum investment requirements.
We recommend that you apply first for a temporary residence permit and convert it into a permanent residence permit after one year of successful business operations in Armenia.
We can provide you with all necessary professional help to set up a business in Armenia, including accounting, staffing, rental and other services.
What Business to Do in Armenia: There are opportunities to invest in real estate, agriculture, hospitality, tourism, retail & trade, financial services, IT, jewelry industry.
Mere ownership of real estate does not qualify you for a residence permit. However, you can be treated as “entrepreneur” if you generate income by renting out your property for long or short term and pay taxes on your rental income.
We can provide you with all necessary professional help to buy real estate in Armenia and manage it as a rental property.
Read more on investing in real estate in Armenia
You qualify for a temporary residence permit if you get admitted to a university in Armenia.
Armenian by Origin (Ethnicity)
You qualify for a temporary or permanent residence permit if you are of Armenian descent, i.e. if your ancestors are of Armenian ethnicity.
Yes, by law you have to register your address at the local police department within 15 days of getting the residence permit.
No, you can give a power of attorney to one of our lawyers or to any other person to file the application and to collect the residence permit.
The number of your passport is shown on your residence permit. If the passport expires or otherwise becomes invalid you need to apply for a replacement residence card that will be issued in a few days.
If a residence permit is lost or damaged the Immigration Office will issue a new one with the same validity period. It takes a few days to get a replacement card and official fees will be charged.
A residence permit is a separate document with a photo and is considered to be an identification document in Armenia.
The residence permit can be renewed for an indefinite number of times, provided that the legal basis for obtaining the permit is still existing (e.g. you are still doing business in Armenia or are still registered as student etc.). It is recommended to apply for extension at least 30 days before the expiration date of your permit.
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