|A-1||None||Multiple||36 Months A|
|A-2||None||Multiple||36 Months A|
|A-3 1||None||Multiple||24 Months|
|CW-1 11||None||Multiple||12 Months|
|CW-2 11||None||Multiple||12 Months|
|E-1 2||No Treaty||N/A||N/A|
|E-2 2||None||Two||3 Months|
|E-2C 12||None||Multiple||12 Months|
|G-1||None||Multiple||36 Months B|
|G-5 1||None||Multiple||24 Months|
|H-1B||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|H-1C||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|H-2A||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|H-2B||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|H-2R||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|H-3||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|H-4||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|J-1 4||None||Multiple||12 Months|
|J-2 4||None||Multiple||12 Months|
|N-8||$50.00||Multiple||12 Months C|
|N-9||$50.00||Multiple||12 Months C|
|O-1||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|O-2||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|O-3||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|P-1||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|P-2||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|P-3||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|P-4||None||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|Q-1 6||$50.00||Multiple||12 Months 3|
|S-5 7||None||One||1 Month|
|S-6 7||None||One||1 Month|
|S-7 7||None||One||1 Month|
|V-2||None||Multiple||120 Months 8|
|V-3||None||Multiple||120 Months 8|
Civil documents, except as noted below, are available in Armenia. Certified copies of available documents may be exported. Certified copies of original documents can be obtained at a local notary office upon presenting the original documents. The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the apostille of certified copies.
Note: Except as indicated, each of the documents mentioned below is available only to the individual concerned or to his/her duly empowered agent. A local legal representative may obtain the document on behalf of the individual concerned on the latter's written power of attorney.
Available. All the above-mentioned certificates are issued by the Ministry of Justice's Civic Status Registration Department (also known as ZAGS) having jurisdiction over the locality where the individual resides or lived. There is one exception: In Yerevan, death certificates may be obtained at the Civic Status Registration Department at the "Public Special Service" CJSC (also known as the funeral bureau) of the Municipality of Yerevan located at 18 Arshakunyats Avenue, Yerevan, Armenia. It is also possible to get duplicates of these certificates.
Potential adoptive parents are granted the right to apply for an adoption certificate upon the basis of a court decision. If the adoptive parent/s so desire, the Civic Status Registration Department will issue a new birth certificate for the adopted child that shows them as the parents and does not indicate the child was adopted. Please see the country specific adoption sheet for more details.
Persons 18 years old and over can apply to the appropriate Civic Status Registration Department for a Change of Name certificate. Applicants can change their first, last and father's name. Persons 16 to 18 years of age need their parents' consent.
Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Armenia.
Available. Requests for Armenian police records should be made to the Migration Section of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, at Republic Square, Governmental 2nd building, Yerevan 0010, Armenia, phone number (+37410) 54-40-41, ext. 3-02. The requestor should apply in person, or s/he can make her/his request through a third party, giving a power of attorney to that person, and a copy of her/his passport. The MFA checks the person's data with the Information Center of Police of Armenia. The process takes two weeks and the applicant must pay a fee at a local bank. Applicants residing outside of Armenia can make their requests through Armenian embassies or Consulates General; the process takes from 1 week to 10 days. The MFA of Armenia also issues police certificates to residents of Armenia who need police records from the Russian Federation, as well as many other nations. Such requests are addressed to the State Information Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation or the counterpart organization in the respective country. This process takes up to a month and also requires a fee be paid.
Available. Court records, usually a certified copy of a judgment of the court, can be obtained from the court where the decision was made.
Under Armenian law, prior criminal records are expunged after a certain period of time has passed since the end of the sentence; in the case of suspended sentences, after the expiry of the probation period after parole; in the case of a sentence other than imprisonment, one year; in the case of a not grave or medium-gravity crime, after three years; in the case of a grave crime, five years; in the case of a particularly grave crime, eight years. Thus, if a person committed, for instance, a grave crime and more than five years have passed since the completion of her/his sentence, the MFA's police certificate will not show a record regarding this crime.
Available. All male citizens of Armenia, aged 16 to 18 are issued a military registration card. The military registration cards of persons aged 18 to 27 who have not yet served in the Army contain information on the legal basis of their deferment of military service.
All male citizens of Armenia, except as noted above, over age 20 should have a military booklet, (a military service document, also known as voyenni billet in Russian) which contains information on the terms of service and/or discharge. After turning 27, persons holding registration cards with legal deferment stamps will also be issued a military booklet.
There are three types of documents that allow individuals to reside in Armenia:
All Armenian citizens 16 and older are issued a regular passport by the passport agency of their local police department. This passport is for internal as well as external use and is valid for ten years. In order to travel abroad, the passport should have an exit permit stamp (round) on the fourth page. Passports can be extended for five additional years with a date stamp (rectangular) on the page immediately following the biometric data page. The passport verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer and may have stamps indicating the bearer's residential address and marital status. Every Armenian citizen can apply at any time to renew, change, or extend his/her passport or exit permit stamp, regardless of passport condition or validity period. Armenian citizens generally must turn in their old passports to the passport agency before receiving a new passport, but this rule is not always enforced.
Armenian citizens under the age of 16 are issued passports to travel abroad. These passports are valid for three years. Armenian citizens under the age of 16 need to have only one parent's consent to apply for a passport.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia issues Armenian diplomatic passports valid for five years, which can be extended for an additional five years. In some cases, diplomatic passports can be extended for a period of one to five years through the authorization of the President.
In order to travel abroad, the passport should have an exit permit stamp (round) on the fourth page. Armenian IV applicants (passport holders) will need to demonstrate that they've obtained the exit permit stamp in their passport before a visa can be placed in that passport.
All visa categories for all of Armenia
Diplomats and others entitled to A-1 visas are entitled to 36 month, multiple entry visas. Diplomatic couriers may only be issued A-1 visas valid for multiple entries within 12 months, or for one entry within three months, depending on the request from the host government.
Principal resident representative and members of the immediate family receive visas valid for 36 months, multiple entries. Others classified G-1 receive visas valid for 24 months, multiple entries.
Tiered Fee Schedule:
The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:
An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. If the spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are stateless, or if they are nationals of a country which does not have a treaty with the United States, they may be accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status. In these cases, the reciprocity schedule of the principal alien's nationality is used.
Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.
The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.
Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.
There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.
Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.
In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).
However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.
Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.
Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.
Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.
Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.
No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.
V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.
Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:
The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.
The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.
The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.