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Armenia Citizenship & Passport 2020 

Armenia Citizenship & Passport 2020

Passport 2020.04.02
Citizenship Based On:

Armenian passport is a valuable document allowing visa-free travel to 62 countries, including places with limited access to nationals of Western countries, such as Russia, China, Iran, Uzbekistan etc. Becoming a dual citizen of Armenia gives you an "insurance policy" in case if you have to leave your country because of economic or political issues, if you seek more privacy, if your first passport is expired, lost or confiscated, or if you ever decide to renounce your current citizenship. Armenian citizenship is relatively easy to acquire and it can be passed to future generations or renounced. 


A knowledgeable local lawyer can help you navigate through the naturalization process, avoid pitfalls and maximize your chances of success. Legal assistance can be very valuable for reviewing, procuring, certifying and translating documents, communicating with government agencies and tracking your case, obtaining the passport, ID card, registering with the police, military office, and tax office. Please contact us for a free evaluation of your case. 

Overview of Requirements

Legal Basis

Residency

Knowledge of Armenian Language

Knowledge of Armenian Constitution

Ethnicity

No

No

No

Marriage

365 days (with exceptions)

No

Yes

Residency

Three years

Yes

Yes

By Exception

No

No

No

Legal Guide to Armenian Citizenship and Passport

#1. Citizenship by Ethnicity (Armenian Ancestry)

#2. Citizenship by Marriage

#3. Citizenship by Residence

#4. Citizenship by Exception (Investment)

#5. Passports, ID Documents, Social Security Number

#6. Special Residency (Special Passport)

#7. Fees & Expenses

#8. Procedure & Timeline

#9. Family Members

#10. Address Registration

#11. Military Registration and Service

#12. Taxation Issues, Tax Registration & Residency

#13. Rejection and Re-Application

#14. Recognition of Armenian Citizenship

10 Reasons for an Armenian Passport

1. Dual Citizenship Allowed

Armenia expressly allows dual citizenship. 

2. Valuable Travel Document

As of 2020 Armenian passport ranks 60th in the world according to Arton Capital Passport Index, and 81st according to Henley & Partners Passport Index, and allows visa-free travel to 62 countries, including places with limited access to nationals of Western countries, such as Russia, Iran, Uzbekistan etc. The EU/Schengen countries still have a visa regime with Armenia but visa-free travel will likely become possible in a few years. The United States offer 10-year B visas to Armenian citizens as well as E-2 business visas.Russia, most of CIS countries, and Iran.

3. More Freedom and Options

Having a second passport gives you more freedom and options and can serve as a valuable "insurance policy." Armenia is generally considered an exceptionally safe country with one of the lowest crime rates in the world. If the economic or political situation in your country gets worse you can use your Armenian passport to temporarily or permanently move to Armenia with your family. Having a second passport can help you avoid problems resulting from your country’s foreign policy and domestic regulations (for example, difficulties with banking or increased tax burden). A second passport can be useful if you seek more privacy or if your first passport is expired, lost or confiscated. Also, you will need a second passport if you ever decide to renounce your current citizenship.

4. Citizenship Passes to Future Generations

Once you acquire Armenian citizenship your minor children can automatically get Armenian passports and your spouse may become eligible to apply for citizenship.  Under Armenian law a child born to an Armenian father or mother can easily acquire Armenian citizenship, irrespective of the place of birth or residence. In other words, your children and grandchildren will be able to get Armenian passports even if they do not reside in Armenia.

5. Preferential Treatment in Russia and Other EAEU Countries

Because of the free movement of labor in EAEU countries (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia) citizens of Armenia are exempted from work permit requirements and can take advantage of preferential treatment in areas of labor law, social protection, medical treatment, taxation, immigration etc.

6. Fast, Easy and Inexpensive Naturalization

The process of acquiring an Armenian passport normally takes less than six months. If the petition for citizenship is filed in Armenia and the case is relatively straightforward the approval is likely to come in about four-five months. Citizenship by exception takes even less time. Once your petition is approved you can get your Armenian passport and national ID in a matter of days. Only minimum documents are required. There is no need to provide police certificates, proof of address, tax returns etc. Government fees are very low even if you use optional fast-track services. 

7. Ownership of Land

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

8. Government Assistance

Armenia has a number of social programs for its citizens, including government-financed education and medical treatment, welfare benefits for old, disabled and other classes of socially vulnerable people.

9. Tax Benefits

Obtaining an Armenian passport and establishing stronger ties with Armenia can help you to qualify for a non-resident status in your country of origin or other countries and take advantage of the tax benefits available to non-residents. You may obtain documents such as proof of registered address in Armenia, social security number, taxpayer identification number, tax residency certificate, etc.

10. Easy Renunciation

If you ever decide to give up your Armenian citizenship it is easy to do so as long as you do not have any outstanding debts and obligation towards the government. 

Country Overview

Area: 29,700 SQ.KM.

Population:   2,962,000

Capital: YEREVAN (1,075,000)

Religion: Christianity

lANGUAGE: ARMENIAN

LITERACY RATE: 99.6%

KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH: 40%

climate: summer 35c; winter 0c

Currency: Dram ($1 = 500 AMD)

average salary: $378

gdp growth: 7.6%

gdp per capita: $4,212

WB DB rank: 47

unemployment: 16.9%

inflation: 1.7%

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Armenia Passport Form 2018.04.23

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Nerses Isajanyan

Managing Attorney
LL.M. Georgetown University
New York Bar | Armenian Chamber of Advocates

We are a team of licensed lawyers based in Armenia and Georgia. Our primary commitment is to provide quality service to clients at a compelling value that helps manage risk, overcome regulatory issues and advance their personal and business goals. 


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Nerses Isajanyan

Attorney

LL.M. Georgetown University

New York Bar | Armenia Chamber of Advocates

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