Besonderer Aufenthaltsstatus

General Information

The Law on Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Republic of Armenia, enacted in 1994, and then the revised Law on Aliens allow foreign citizens to receive a Special Residency Status in the Republic of Armenia. The Special Residency Status is granted by the President of Armenia to the foreign citizens of Armenian ancestry and also to other distinguished individuals, who have provided significant services to the Armenian state and nation and/or are engaged in economic and cultural activities in Armenia. The Special Residency Status is granted for a ten-year term.
Those granted Special Residency Status will be issued Special Armenian Passports and will no longer be required to obtain entry visas for traveling to Armenia. While in Armenia, they will enjoy the full protection of the Armenian law, as well as the rights and obligations of Armenian citizens, except for the right to vote and to run for office, enroll in political organizations. They will be exempt from military service in the Armenian National Army. Please note, that Special Passport will not waive visa requirements for other CIS countries. For travel to those and other countries the bearer of Special Passport should use his/her national passport.
The survivors of the Armenian Genocide are granted Special Passports through a facilitated procedure, and the application fee is waived.

Application Information

To apply for the Special Residency Status in the Republic of Armenia, applicants need to submit certain documentation to the Embassy or the Consulate of the Republic of Armenia in the country of residence. In case there is no Armenian diplomatic mission or consular post in your country, please apply through the nearest or most convenient one for you to travel to. For a complete list of Armenian Embassies and Consulates please click here . At the territory of the Republic of Armenia the documents are submitted to the Passport and Visa Department of the Police of the Republic of Armenia (13A Mashtots Ave., Yerevan, tel. +37410-523895)

The following documents need to be submitted in person or by any registered mail:

  1. A filled out application-questionnaire (download pdf file),
  2. Letter in the name Ambassador or Consul General of the Republic Armenia, requesting the Special Residency Status. The letter must contain the following:
    a) Information regarding present citizenship.
    b) Information regarding past citizenship, if any, including country and reason for loss of citizenship.
    c) Country of origin and nationality at birth.
    d) Reason for applying for Special Residency Status in Armenia, i.e., business, cultural, charity, etc. Please provide details.
    e) Your occupation and place of employment. Please be as specific as possible.
    f) How many stays have you had in Armenia: when, for how long and under what circumstances. if you were previously granted other type of Residency Status in Armenia (Temporary, Ordinary, Exclusive, Permanent), please indicate.
    g) Information on possible conviction or involvement in a criminal investigation.
  3. Clear photocopies of pages of your passport with photograph, validity and personal data.
  4. Photocopy of birth certificate.
  5. Six passport size professional colour photographs with light background.
  6. Special Passport fee (Payment method may vary. Please contact the respective Embassy or Consulate). The fee does not include Embassy/Consulate application surcharge which may vary. Please contact the respective Embassy or Consulate.

If you have lost the Special Passport

To apply for replacement Special Passport the holder of Special Residency Status must submit the following documentation:

  1. Letter in the name Ambassador or Consul General of the Republic Armenia, requesting the replacement Special Passport.
  2. Clear photocopies of pages of your passport with photograph, validity and personal data.
  3. Two passport size professional colour photographs with light background.
  4. Photocopy of lost Special Passport (if available),
  5. Replacement passport fee (Payment method may vary. Please contact the respective Embassy or Consulate). The fee does not include Embassy/Consulate application surcharge which may vary. Please contact the respective Embassy or Consulate.

Please not that the replacement passport validity can not exceed the validity of lost passport.

Important Notes

  1. Usually the application is processed within 3-4 months. In some cases, requiring additional consideration, the processing time can be longer.
  2. The application may be denied by the Armenian authorities in some cases. The rejected applicants may reapply for the Special Residency Status one year after their initial application was rejected.
  3. 3. Special Passport fee is a state duty and it is 150000 Armenian Drams. Replacement passport fee is 75000 Armenian Drams.
  4. 4. Residents of Australia must submit the applications to the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Washington, DC or Consulate General in Los Angeles, CA.
  5. 5. For residents of Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US:

If applying by mail, applicants are responsible for the cost of the return shipment. It can be either a prepaid return envelope of any registered mail with a tracking number or a separate money order in the corresponding amount to cover the cost of FedEx, DHL or other postal services. The Embassy or the Consulate of the Republic of Armenia is not responsible for documents lost in the mail.

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