Armenian Special Residency Passport
The special residency passport of Armenia is a document granted by the Prime Minister of the Republic. It has a validity of 10 years and can be extended continuously, by 10-year increments.
The special passport is not a regular passport and its holders are not granted citizenship of Armenia. Instead, they are considered special residents. In other words, the special passport serves as a residence permit. It allows its holders to travel freely to and from Armenia without a visa, to live, work, study, engage in business or any other lawful activities in Armenia. Special residents can be employed without a work permit. They are allowed to own agricultural land on equal footing with citizens.
There are no minimum stay requirements for special residents: it is not necessary to spend a certain number of days in Armenia to maintain the special residency status. Unlike Armenian citizens, holders of special passports are exempt from military service. Acquiring a special residency status should not affect your taxes. Normally, you will have to spend at least 183 in Armenia to become a tax resident.
Benefits of Special Residency Passport
Path to Citizenship
A special resident is eligible to apply for Armenian citizenship if he has been permanently residing in the country for the last three years. Because the Citizenship Law does not define the term "permanent resident" and does not provide for minimum stay requirements, in practice the three-year period applies to maintaining the residency status (temporary, permanent or special).
In addition to the three-year residency requirement the resident will have to pass the test on the knowledge of Armenian Constitution. It is an easy multiple-choice test with 33 questions, and the applicant needs to answer correctly to only 17 of them to pass the test. However, the test is in Armenian language and the applicant will probably need to spend some time to gain basic knowledge of Armenian language before he attempts to pass it.
As of 2019 Armenian passport ranked 65th in the world, according to Arton Capital Passport Index, and 79th, according to Henley & Partners Passport Index, and allowed visa-free travel to 61 countries, including Russia, most of CIS countries, and Iran.
Armenia specifically allows dual citizenship, and you will not be required to renounce any other citizenship.
Upon request, special residency passports may be issued to the children of the special resident, provided they are aged 15 and below. Children aged 16 and above as well as adult family members must apply separately.
Special residents may also sponsor their family members for temporary or permanent residence permits, to the same extent as Armenian citizens. Family members may be required to provide documents showing kinship (e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate).
Temporary Residence Permit (One Year)
Permanent Residence Permit (Five Years)
Eligible after 3 Years
Son or Daughter
Brother or Sister
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Eligibility & Investment Requirements
Special residency is available to ethnic Armenians and to foreigners who conduct economic activity in the country (investors). The immigration authorities (Police and National Security Service) will consider the amount and nature of the investment, its size and impact on the economy, your nationality and other factors in deciding whether you qualify for a residence permit. Normally, an investment of $50,000 made into a priority area of economy should qualify the investor for special residency. Please contact us for more information on investment requirements.
Procedure, Steps and Timframe
Residence in 30 Days
Get your residence permit in only 30 days
No Minimum Stay
You are not required to live in Armenia to maintain the permit
Immediate Income of 7%
Funds immediately invested with at least 7% ROI
Investment in only safe assets, such as rental property
Immediate and extended family members covered
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What are the benefits of getting a special passport of Armenia?
An Armenian residence permit grants you and your family members the right to unrestricted stay in Armenia, a free and open, democratic country with rich history and traditions, beautiful nature, and a very low crime rate. Residents can travel visa-free to Armenia and engage in any lawful activities, such as doing business, working (without a work permit), studying or simply retiring. A resident may invite other foreigners to Armenia. Residents enjoy constitutional rights and freedoms, including rights to healthcare, social security, education, property and privacy rights, freedom of speech and religion. Armenian residents are not obliged to serve in the military.
If you wish to travel to other countries, holding a residence permit may be required to apply for a visa at an embassy in Armenia. However, the residence permit itself does not grant you the right to travel to other countries.
After how many years of residency I will get an Armenian passport?
You may be eligible to apply for Armenian citizenship after three years of residency. The decision is normally made in 6-8 months after you apply. The law does not require that you stay in Armenia for a certain number of days. On the other hand, you will have to take a test on the knowledge of the Armenian Constitution in Armenian language, which presumes that you will have to show at least an elementary knowledge of Armenian language. Also, you have to keep in mind that each applicant's case is examined separately and citizenship is not issued automatically.
What is the step-by-step process and the timeline?
Buy a ticket and fly to Armenia
Stay in Armenia for a few days to complete the formalities related to investment and residence permit application
Make a bank transfer of the investment amount
Collect your residence permit delivered by FedEx
How much am I required to invest?
Temporary Residence Permit (One Year)
Permanent Residence Permit (Five Years)
Special Residence Passport (Ten Years)
What documents do I have to provide?
The only document you will have to present is a valid passport. There are NO requirements to provide proof of address documents, police clearance certificates, bank account statements etc.
Is it 100% guaranteed that my residency will be approved?
The chances of success are very high. While we cannot guarantee the approval because certain factors (e.g. background checks conducted by security agencies) are beyond our control, we promise a 100% money-back guarantee if the application is not successful. Moreover, it is also possible to invest through an escrow account, in which case your money will not be invested until you get your residence permit.
What is the legal basis for the program?
The legal basis of the program consists primarily of the relevant provisions in the Law on Foreigners (Law No. 47 of Dec. 25, 2006, Official Gazette No. 3 (530) of Jan. 24, 2007, item 109) and the Law on Citizenship (Law No. 16 of Nov. 6, 1995, Official Gazette No. 1995/8).
In particular, the Law on Foreigners provides that foreigners engaged in entrepreneurial and economic activities in Armenia may be granted temporary resident status (art. 15(1)(e)), permanent resident status (art. 16(1)(b)), or special resident status (art. 18(1)).
The Law on Citizenship provides that Armenian citizenship may be granted to foreigners who have provided exceptional services to the Republic of Armenia (art. 13(4)).
What other expenses I will have to incur throughout the process?
In addition to the amount of investment your budget will consist of legal fees and travel expenses. Please contact us for more information.
Do I have to pay taxes?
It depends on your situation. Normally, passive income from Armenia is subject to 10% tax.
What kind of investment will I make? What are the guarantees that my investment will be safe?
While many forms of investment may qualify your for a residence permit, our services focus on investments in rental properties that generate high and stable income and are expected to substantially increase in value over the next few years.
We will recommend a plan of action that is customized to your situation as soon as you fill out the inquiry form and let us know about your needs and priorities.
The nature of investment in real estate is such that we cannot guarantee a certain return on investment or the safety of it. However, we will be happy to provide you all the information you may need to assess the risks and make an informed decision.
Which documents do I have to present?
Do I have to be physically present in Armenia to apply for residency status?
How long does it take for the special passport to be issued?
Will my family members also become residents?
Can the special residency be extended?
When can I become a citizen?
Do I have to travel to Armenia?
Do I have to stay in Armenia throughout the process?
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