How to Obtain Armenian Citizenship by Ethnicity in Armenia
Introduction to obtaining Armenian citizenship by ethnicity
In this article, we will explore the eligibility criteria, the procedure, required documents, timeline, benefits, challenges, and considerations of obtaining Armenian citizenship by ethnicity.
Understanding the eligibility criteria for citizenship by ethnicity in Armenia
To be eligible for Armenian citizenship by ethnicity, individuals must demonstrate Armenian heritage through their lineage. Applicants are required to substantiate their Armenian heritage by establishing that at least one of their parents or grandparents was Armenian by ethnicity. The Armenian government acknowledges several forms of documentation as admissible proof, including birth certificates, marriage certificates, and other officially issued documents explicitly affirming a direct line of Armenian ancestry. Additionally, a baptism certificate issued by an Armenian church, either abroad or within Armenia, is accepted provided it belongs to the roster of approved dioceses and precisely denotes the individual's Armenian ethnicity in Armenian script, "ազգությամբ հայ է."
Required documents for citizenship by ethnicity in Armenia
To initiate the citizenship application, the applicant must have the following essential documents:
- Valid passport
- Legally authenticated (Apostilled or certified at an Armenian embassy abroad) birth certificate
- A document issued by a governmental or ecclesiastical authority, confirming the Armenian ethnicity of the applicant or one of their parent's or grandparent's
- In cases of name change, the legalized document attesting to the change, such as a name change certificate or marriage certificate
- Six passport-sized (35x45mm) photographs
The timeline for obtaining Armenian citizenship by ethnicity
Following the compilation of the requisite documentation, applicants may formally submit their applications at either the Migration and Citizenship Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Armenia in Yerevan, Armenia, or at an Armenian embassy or consulate abroad. It is essential to underscore that the application must be submitted in person; representation by a third party is not admissible. In both scenarios, it is mandatory to secure an appointment with the respective authority for application submission.
Upon submission of the application, the processing period typically extends to 90 business days. However, when applying through an Armenian embassy or consulate, this period may be subject to extension.
Procedure of passport application after getting the citizenship application approved
For passport application, applicants have the choice to pursue the process in Armenia or at an Armenian embassy/consulate abroad. In the Armenian jurisdiction, expedited processing options are available, entailing 1, 3, or 5 business days, subject to additional fees. It is imperative to bear in mind that when applying through an Armenian embassy, the procedure extends to a period of 3-4 months, with no expedited processing alternatives.
Male citizens below the age of 55 are also obligated to fulfill a military registration requirement, which may entail an additional week before receiving their Armenian passport.
Frequently asked questions about citizenship by ethnicity in Armenia
1. Can I obtain Armenian citizenship by ethnicity if I don't speak Armenian?
Yes, Armenian language proficiency is not a requirement for obtaining citizenship by ethnicity.
2. How long does it take to obtain Armenian citizenship by ethnicity?
By law, the process necessitates 90 business days; however, applications submitted through Armenian embassies/consulates may incur lengthier processing times.
3. Can I maintain dual citizenship with Armenia?
Yes, Armenia permits dual citizenship, enabling individuals to retain their existing citizenship while attaining Armenian citizenship by ethnicity.
4. Can I pass down Armenian citizenship by ethnicity to my children?
Yes, the children of individuals who obtain Armenian citizenship are also eligible for Armenian citizenship.
Obtaining Armenian citizenship by ethnicity is an opportunity for individuals of Armenian heritage to reconnect with their roots and fully embrace their Armenian identity. The rich history, culture, and opportunities in Armenia await those who choose to embark on this journey of unlocking their roots and obtaining Armenian citizenship by ethnicity.
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