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Exploring Pathways to Special Residency in Armenia

‍Introduction to Special Residency in Armenia

Special residency, commonly referred to as a 'special passport,' is a prestigious document conferring a 10-year residency status within Armenia. Distinguishing itself from traditional residence permits, this permit is issued in the form of a passport. This article is a guide to different routes available for attaining special residency in Armenia.

What is the Digital Nomad Visa for Armenia?

Armenia allows remote workers from a number of countries to live and work in Armenia visa-free for up to 180 days. Remote workers who stay past the 180-day deadline can register as “private entrepreneurs” and obtain one-year (temporary) or five-year (permanent) residence permits.
The above rules apply whether you are a freelancer, remote worker, or self-employed. There is no minimum monthly income to show. However, an immigration officer may want to make sure you are able to cover your living expenses in Armenia.

Different Routes to Special Residency in Armenia

Armenia provides two primary pathways to obtain special residency: ethnicity-based and exception-based special residency applications.

Ethnicity-based Special Residency Programs
Given Armenia's extensive diaspora across the globe, the country extends an opportunity for diasporans to secure a 10-year special residency. The applicants can be eligible for this residency status upon the presentation of documentary evidence affirming Armenian ethnicity. Such substantiating documents include:
-  The applicant's baptism certificate, issued by a recognized church organization listed in a governmental decree, validating their or their parents' Armenian ethnicity.
-  The applicant's, their parents', grandparents', or siblings' birth certificates, or any government-issued document affirming Armenian ethnicity.

Exception-based Special Residency Programs
In addition to ethnicity-based applications, Armenia also extends an exception-based special residency program. This avenue is tailored for individuals without Armenian lineage who have made substantial contributions to the Armenian economy or culture. As of the present, specific criteria for eligibility remain undisclosed. Consequently, prospective applicants are advised to secure a 1-year or 5-year residence permit before pursuing special residency.

How to Apply for Special Residency in Armenia

Foreign nationals can initiate their special residency applications within Armenia or at Armenian embassies and consulates abroad. In Armenia, applications are submitted to the Migration and Citizenship Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, either in person or remotely via a designated Power of Attorney. To submit an application within Armenia, applicants must prearrange an appointment with the Migration and Citizenship Service.

The application submission necessitates the provision of the following documents:
-  A valid passport.
-  A notarized translation of the passport
-  Six photographs measuring 35x45mm.
-  A duly legalized document substantiating the legal foundation of the application.(government or church-issued document)
-  A biographic questionnaire.

Typically, governmental processing of special residence permit applications spans a period of 60-70 calendar days. It is noteworthy that extensions of the special residence permit are possible, and they can be applied for more than once.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts on Exploring Different Routes to Special Residency in Armenia

Securing a special passport affords foreign individuals the privilege of living and working within Armenia, simultaneously contributing to the nation's prosperity and advancement.

What Makes Armenia a Good Choice for Residency 

No Stay or Visit

Maintaining residency in Armenia does not require physical presence; remote application is possible.

Fast and Easy

The residency application usually takes about 80 days and only a valid passport is required. 

Family Covered

Residents can sponsor extended family for residency (parents, siblings, grandchildren, etc.) 

Citizenship Path

After living in Armenia for three years, citizenship can be obtained. Dual citizenship is allowed.

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Our Proven Process of Making Armenia Your Second Home



As part of the preparation process, we will take care of translating your passport, printing photos, and filling out the necessary forms.


Residency for Family

You can sponsor your spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren to obtain residency in Armenia.



In order to qualify for residency, you have the option of either making a low-risk investment in government bonds or donating to a rural development project.


SSN, Tax ID, Etc.

You can obtain a certificate of registered address, a social security number, personal tax identification number, as well as a tax residency certificate.


Residence Permit

Applicants can choose to apply for a temporary (1-year) or permanent (5-year) residence permit remotely or in-person.


Bank Account

You can choose from 18 banks offering online and mobile banking, Visa and MasterCard options, and up to 11% interest on deposits in AMD, RUR, etc.

What Clients Say

Overall, I felt it could not have been any better. Everything was taken care of so smoothly, effortlessly, and managed very well. 

Jagdish n.

It is always daunting when dealing with immigration, visas etc in a foreign country. The team at Vardanyan & Partners made the process for registering the business and applying for residency so much easier. I had no worries at all. The team overall really went out of their way to accommodate and assist us.

Nadine B.

The team members were all professional, knowledgeable and most importantly, honest. They are hard-working and patient and were always responsive to my messages and questions. What I like most is, they are very well organised and have a modern system of work.

H. Rassa

Armenia is a captivating nation with a rich history and a promising future. Our firm is wholeheartedly committed to supporting individuals and businesses that recognize Armenia's potential and are eager to contribute to its ongoing success.

We trust that this website will serve as a valuable resource for you in gathering the information you need. Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can easily contact us through various channels, such as completing the form on our website, emailing us directly at [email protected], or reaching out via phone or popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, and Skype at +374. We are always available to assist you in any way possible.

Nerses Isajanyan
Managing Attorney
LL.M. Georgetown University, licensed to practice in both Armenia (license no. 903) and New York (license no. 5148945)

About Us

Vardanyan & Partners is a reputable law firm situated in Yerevan, Armenia, which has been providing excellent legal services since its establishment in 2012. Our team of locally licensed, English-speaking attorneys specializes in immigration, incorporation, and compliance matters, ensuring that clients receive expert legal guidance.  We are committed to staying up-to-date with the latest changes in legislation and regulations, ensuring that our clients receive the most relevant and accurate advice. At Vardanyan & Partners, we place a strong emphasis on honesty, transparency, and client care. 

  • 10+ years of specialized experience in immigration and busines setup.
  • Fast and fluent communication in English and Russian. 24-hour response policy.  
  • Secure online payments. No hidden charges. 
  • Licensed and insured local attorneys. 

Where to find us

4/3 Pirumyanner, 4th Floor, Suite 12 , Yerevan, 0054, Armenia