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Armenia Visa

Fees & Processes 2019

Armenia Employment & Work Permits 2019

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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 = 475 AMD)

average Monthly salary: $378

gdp growth (2018): 5.2%

gdp per capita: $4,212

wp doing business rank (2019): 41

unemployment RATE: 16.9%

inflation rate (2018): 2.5%

Work Permits for Foreign Workers

As a general rule, a holder of an Armenian visa is not entitled to work in Armenia unless s/he also holds a work permit. Highly skilled foreign specialists, business owners, executives and certain other categories of workers are exempt from work permit requirements.


The transfer of staff (skilled or non-qualified) is subject to obtaining a work permit and, where necessary, a temporary residence permit. In Armenia, for work permit requirements, no distinction is made between intra-company transfers, local hires or subcontracting employment. The work permit has to be applied for on behalf of the legal employer and is issued for the duration of the employment contract. The law requires the employer to search for Armenian citizens to do the job.

Exemptions

Work permit requirements do not apply to the following categories of foreigners:

  • Holders of permanent or special residency permits;
  • Holders of temporary residency permits if such permit is issued on the basis of being a family member of another holder of permanent (special, temporary) residency permit;
  • Founders, directors and representatives of commercial organizations with foreign investment;
  • Foreigners employed in representative offices of foreign companies;
  • Foreign specialists employed to install or repair machinery and other equipment purchased from foreign companies or to train local staff to operate such machinery or equipment;
  • Highly qualified foreign specialists in areas of natural sciences, information technologies (1. technician, operation and technical maintenance of computing equipment and computer systems; 2. technician, operation of computing machines, complexes, systems and networks; 3. web designer), agriculture (1. agriculture specialist; 2. farmer; 3. technician-cultivator), as well as foreigners with higher education in 1. information and communication technologies; 2. management and administration; 3. food technology; 4. finances;
  • Family members of diplomatic staff;
  • Foreigners working in border areas;
  • Short-term workers in areas of sports and culture;
  • Lecturers invited to lecture in Armenian educational institutions;
  • Accredited representatives of foreign media organizations;
  • Refugees and foreigners granted asylum;
  • Students working during vacations within exchange programs;
  • Foreigners arriving to Armenia on the basis of international agreements;
  • Foreigners exempted from work permit requirements by virtue of international agreements.

A business visitor cannot undertake work activities while in Armenia, unless these activities are exempted from work permit requirements. Permitted activities during a business trip include meetings, interviews, discussions, negotiations, exploring business opportunities, attending conferences, conducting site visits, taking orders or purchasing goods or services. Payment by an Armenian entity of salary or other remuneration would be evidence of work.


Employers which already employed foreign labor at the time the work permit regulations came into effect do not have to apply for work permits until the current employment agreements expire. However, they must present copies of such employment agreements to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MLSA) within 60 days. Any new hiring will require a work permit.

Procedure

Unless a foreign individual is exempted from work permit requirements, the employer must first obtain a work permit by applying to the MLSA. The migrant will normally then apply for a temporary residence permit in order to be granted the permission to live and work in Armenia.


The process at the MLSA involves a test of the Armenian market to ensure that there are no qualified and available Armenian workers to fill the position. If MLSA identifies Armenian nationals who may fit with the employer’s requirements they will be referred to the employer for an interview. The employer does not have to advertise the vacancy or to offer a certain wage (as long as the minimum monthly salary requirements are satisfied).


If no candidates are referred by the MSLA to the employer or if the employer rejects these candidates for valid reasons, the employer is then allowed to apply for a work permit for a particular foreigner. The work permit has a fixed term and is renewable on request. From the moment when a work permit is granted the foreign national can start working in Armenia.


After obtaining the work permit the foreign national has to file an application for a temporary residence permit at the Passport and Visa Department of the Police in Yerevan. The application must be accompanied by supporting documentation, including medical test results. The temporary residence card is issued within approximately 30-45 days of the application date.

Documents, Timeline & Costs

Under the current regulations obtaining a work permit can take as little as 13 business days.


The employer or the employee will have to pay the fees for obtaining a work permit (AMD 25,000 or around USD 52) and, if necessary, a temporary residence permit (AMD 105,000 or around USD 219).


The following documents must be filed by the employer with the MLSA:

  1. Application form
  2. Employee’s passport
  3. Diplomas and other documents showing education or qualification, with consular legalization (or Apostille)
  4. Two photographs (3×4 cm)
  5. Proof of payment of the government fees

All documents, except for the employee’s passport, are retained by the MLSA.

Penalties

The Code of Administrative Offences provides penalties for immigration/work permit violations. Failure to obtain a work permit/residence permit is punishable by a monetary fine of AMD 100,000 to 150,000 (around USD 208 to 313). Overstaying a visa or otherwise violating the immigration status is punishable by a fine of AMD 50,000 to 100,000 (around USD 104 to 208).


If, after obtaining a work permit, the employer fails to provide the position the permit was obtained for, the employer must cover the return travel costs, living, and personal property transportation expenses of the employee and the family members accompanying them.

Employment Agreement

The employment agreement must be made in writing and contain information on the start date, place of work, working hours, duties, basic salary and bonuses (if any), term of the agreement, probation period (not exceeding three months). The employer must register the newly hired employee electronically with the tax office not later than on the first day of work. 


Employment agreements can be for a specific term or for an indefinite term. Employment for an indefinite term can be terminated at the initiative of the employer if at least one of the legal grounds for such termination exists (see table below).


The normal work week is 40 hours long. 

Non Compete Agreement


Non-competition and other restrictive covenants may not be enforceable in Armenia. 

Minimum Salary 

As of 2018 the minimum monthly salary in Armenia is AMD 55,000 (US$115). Minimum hourly wages are AMD 330 (US$0.69), AMD 367 (US$0.77) and AMD 550 (US$1.15) for 40-hour, 36-hour and 24-hour work weeks respectively. These are net (after-tax) amounts and employers must gross them up to account for taxes. Thus, the minimum gross (before-tax) salary for full-time employment will be AMD 75,168 (US$157), including the net salary of AMD 55,000, the 23% income tax (AMD 17,289), the 2,5% social payment (AMD 1,879) and the flat military tax of AMD 1,000. 

Compensation

Hard and dangerous labor shall be paid an additional premium of 30% (50% if the labor is extremely hard or dangerous).


Overtime work - 50%

Night work - 30%

Holidays and other non-working days - 100% (or an extra day off)


Can be paid in cash or via bank transfer (new regulations re restrictions on cash). Not later than the 15th day of the following month. Late payments are penalized by a 0.15% daily interest. 


Business trips - expenses plus daily allowance


Advance payments

Discrimination

Men and women are entitled to equal pay. It is prohibited to compensate men and women differently for the same type of work.



Employer's Liability

Employer must compensate for personal injury to the employee.


Insurance is not mandatory.


No punitive damages and no moral damages. 



Employee's Liability

Cannot exceed 50% of the salary and shall not be less than the minimum salary



Safety

Employer 



Vacation and Leaves

Employees are entitled to an annual leave of 20 working days.


Maternity leave normally lasts 140 days (70 days before and 70 days after the delivery). A woman can take unpaid maternity leave up to three years after the birth of her child, keeping her position in the workplace. 


Termination

Employment agreements can be for a specific term or for an indefinite term. Employment for an indefinite term can be terminated at the initiative of the employer if at least one of the legal grounds for such termination exists (see table below).

Legal Basis for Termination

Advance Notice

Severance Pay

Dissolution of the Company (Employer)

Two months

One month's wages

Layoffs caused by "production necessity" (i.e. urgent and unpredictable circumstances) or changes in 1) volumes of production; 2) economic conditions; 3) technological conditions; 4) conditions of labor organization

Employee does not meet the requirements for the position to be held or the work to be performed


Long-term disability of the employee


Employee reaching the age of retirement (63 or 65 years), if provided by employment agreement

Employment duration:

Less than 1 year

14 days

10 days' wages

One to five years

35 days

25 days' wages

Five to ten years

42 days

30 days' wages

Ten to fifteen years

49 days

35 days' wages

More than fifteen years

60 days

44 day's wages

Regular failure by employee to perform his/her duties without a valid reason

N/A

N/A

Loss of confidence in the employee

Employee reports to work under influence of alcohol or drugs

Employee's absence from work for a whole working day (shift), without a valid reason

Employee's refusal to undergo compulsory medical examination


Our Services

  • Visa (E-Visa) 
  • Invitation Letter
  • Visa Extension
  • Work Permit
  • Temporary Residence
  • Permanent Residence
  • Special Residence
  • Passport (Citizenship)
  • Bank Account
  • Tax ID Number
  • Social Security Number
  • Tax Residency Certificate
  • Address Registration
  • Company Registration
  • Legal Address
  • Real Estate Purchase
  • Certified Translation
  • Power of Attorney

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Why Armenia

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Low Taxes

Investment Opportunities

Safe

Corruption-Free

Business-Friendly

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Rich History & Traditions

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E-Visa and Visa on Arrival for Indian Nationals

On Nov. 22, 2017, Armenia became the easiest country for Indian nationals to visit in Europe. As they can get visa on arrival or a visa online (e-visa) before their arrival to Armenia. Alternatively, they can simply buy tickets, come to Armenia and get a visa on arrival at the airport or other crossing points at the borders with Georgia or Iran.


The decision to liberalize visa regime with India was taken by the Armenian government on November 16, 2017,  following President Sargsyan’s visit to India earlier in November. The official decision is available at the official legislative website. Now all Indian nationals, irrespective of their residence,qualify for e-visas or visas on arrival. Armenia issues visas valid for 21 or 120 days, extendable by another 60 days. For longer stays residence permits are issued.


With these changes Armenia has become the most attractive country in Europe for Indians, at least from the immigration point of view. Earlier in 2017 Serbia exempted Indians from visa requirements. But the maximum stay there is limited to 30 days in a year. Visitors also must show proof of sufficient financial means (50 euros per day). Ukraine also recently allowed Indians to get visas on arrival, however visas are issued for up to 15 days and the paperwork involved (insurance, invitation, proof of financial means) is still considerable.

Country

E-Visa

Visa on Arrival

Visa-Free

Max. Stay (Days)

Fee

Link

Armenia

Yes

Yes

No

120+60

$31

Azerbaijan

Yes

Yes

No

30

$20

Georgia

Yes

No

No

30

$20

Moldova

Yes

No

No

90

$67

Serbia

No

No

Yes

30

n/a

n/a

Invitation Letter

If you do not qualify for visa-free travel or visa on arrival/e-visa you will need an invitation letter from an individual or a legal entity in Armenia. There are exceptions for citizens of Iraq who may apply for a visa at the Armenian embassy without an invitation letter and citizens of Egypt and Syria who may also get Armenian visas without invitation, at the discretion of the consular officer.


Moreover, invitation letters are not required for ethnic Armenians (i.e. those who have Armenian ancestors). If you are Armenian by descent you can obtain a visa by showing evidence of your Armenian origin, e.g. a passport, birth certificate or certified baptism certificate attesting to your or your parents’ Armenian descent. Immediate relatives of Armenian citizens or ethnic Armenians (spouse, parent, son, daughter, sister, brother, grand-parents, grand-children) are also exempt from invitation letter requirements.


The consular officer may, at his discretion, not require an invitation letter from a foreigner who has a permanent resident status in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, UK, New Zealand, Switzerland or a Schengen country (except for Spain, Portugal and Greece).


Invitation letters issued by individuals must be filed with the Visa Department of the Police, and those issued by legal entities must be filed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The approval is possible only after a security check which may take 2-3 weeks or even longer.

Visa Classes

There are several classes of visitor visas: tourism and visits to family and friends (V-1); family reunification (V-2); medical treatment (V-3); studies (V-4); attendance to cultural, athletic, scientific or other events (V-5); participation in humanitarian, charitable, technical assistance and similar programs (V-6); business, investment or work (V-7); crew members (V-8). The procedure for obtaining a visitor visa is generally the same irrespective of the specific purpose of the visit.


Armenian embassies do not issue long-term visas. If you need to stay in Armenia for longer periods you will need to obtain a residence permit (temporary, permanent or special). The residence permits are issued only in Armenia, they cannot be obtained at the embassies abroad.

Visa Fees & Extension

Visa Class

Validity Term

Government Fees

Extension

Extension Fee

Visitor

21 days, single

$6 (AMD 3,000)

Max. 60 days

$1 (AMD 500) per day

120 days, single

$31 (AMD 15,000)

60 days, multiple

$42 (AMD 20,000)

120 days, multiple

$83 (AMD 40,000)

Transit

3 days, single

$21 (AMD 10,000)

Max. 4 days

3 days, multiple

$37 (AMD 18,000)

Documents Required

In order to get a visa at an Armenian embassy (if you do not qualify for visa-free travel or visa on arrival) you will be generally required to submit a valid passport, a visa application form and a passport-sized colored photograph. You will also have to pay the corresponding visa fee. Visas are issued at the discretion of the consular officer and additional documents may be requested to determine if you have a legitimate purpose and sufficient financial means to visit Armenia (e.g. invitation letter, hotel booking, tax returns, bank account statements etc.). 

Visa Overstay

Under Armenian law visa overstay is an administrative offense currently punishable by a monetary fine of US $105 to 209 (AMD 50,000 to 100,000).

Penalties (Fines) for Visa Overstay in Armenia (Click to Expand)

Embassies

Currently Armenia has 22 embassies in Europe, 1 embassy in Africa, 13 embassies in Asia and 5 embassies in the Americas. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a visa?

There is no Armenian embassy in my country. What can I do?

How can I get an invitation letter from Armenia?

What happens if I overstay my visa?

Do I need a work permit to work in Armenia?

My passport expires soon. Will I have problems entering Armenia?

How much cash am I allowed to bring to Armenia?

Do I have to show proof of vaccinations?

How can I get a residence permit (TRP or PR)?

How can I get an Armenian passport?

Investment Opportunities

Vacation Property Investment

Units are now for sale in an apart hotel ideally located in the ski resort town of Tsaghkadzor (valley of flowers in Armenian), the most desirable tourist destination in Armenia, only 50km north of the capital Yerevan. Surrounded with alpine meadows, the town is situated at a height of 1,841 meters above sea level. Summers in Tsaghkadzor are mild, winters are cold and snowy. The skiing season normally starts in mid December and stretches well into March with the top slopes often fit for skiing in April. The infrastructure of tourism is highly developed in Tsaghkadzor, which is the second Armenian city after Yerevan to have the largest number of hotels. 

  • Units from only $23,000
  • Up to 20% ROI yearly
  • 100% ownership
  • Turnkey project
  • Opens early 2020
  • Regular income
  • Growing property market
  • Capital growth potential
  • Low taxes
  • No stamp duties
  • No capital gains tax
  • 10%+ tourism growth
  • Exceptional safety
  • Mountains & skiing
  • Tasty food

Residents will enjoy a great view of the mountains. A professional company will manage the property. You may choose to personally use the property or rent it out and make extra money. Higher occupancy and rental rates means more income and higher resale profits. Tourism is growing by over 10% a year, making Tsaghkadzor a perfect place to earn a good return on property investment.

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LL.M. Georgetown University

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