U.S. Visas

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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Armenia

Armenia
Republic of Armenia

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
 
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months 
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months 
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 120 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months 
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 $50.00 Multiple 12 Months C
N-9 $50.00 Multiple 12 Months C
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 60 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 60 Months
U-2 None Multiple 60 Months
U-3 None Multiple 60 Months
U-4 None Multiple 60 Months
U-5 None Multiple 60 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes
  1. Diplomats and others entitled to A-1 visas are entitled to 60 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.

  2. Principal resident representative and members of the immediate family receive visas valid for 60 months, multiple entries. Others classified G-1 receive visas valid for 24 months, multiple entries.

  3. Tiered Fee Schedule for N-8 and N-9 Visas:

    Fee Number
    of Applications
    Validity
    Period
    $0.00 One 3 Months
    $50.00 Multiple 12 Months

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. 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:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. 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. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    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.  

  3. 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.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    Canadian Nationals

    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

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. 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.

  9. 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:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

 

 

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General Documents

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. 

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: No state duty is charged for state registration of birth, including the issuance of a certificate.

Document Name: Birth Registration

Issuing Authority: Civil Status Acts Registration Agency of the Ministry of Justice (also known as ZAGS) having jurisdiction over the locality where the individual resides.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:   At present there are many different types of birth certificates in circulation, including five different types from the Soviet Union.

The Republic of Armenia has had several types of birth certificates. All are single-sheet documents. Up to the early 2000s birth certificates were different shades of blue. The current birth certificate is light green with a dark green frame and Armenian text only. On the top there is the country state emblem in gold. On the bottom part is the serial number of the document: two Armenian letters, the letter N and six numbers. On the bottom left corner is place for a stamp marked with Կ.Տ. and a line for the civil registration office head’s signature. Stamps are round with the Armenian state emblem and Armenian text. The Civil Act Registration Offices usually uses blue ink but some offices use red ink.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Civil Status Acts Registration Agency or Chamber of Solemn Registration of Marriage and Birth

Registration Criteria: A Birth Registration Certificate is issued based on the application of either parent if the father and mother are married. If the parents of the child are not married, then the information about the child’s father is filled out either based on a paternity recognition certificate or a written statement of the child’s mother, In the case of a written statement, the mother’s surname may be used as the father’s surname, and the father’s name and his patronymic reported by the mother.

Procedure for Obtaining: To obtain a registration of the birth of a child the following documents have to be submitted:

  • written statement (form may be obtained from the website of the Ministry of Justice  at moj.am, or from the body of the civil status acts registration);
  • identification document of parents (one of the parents) and the applicant;
  • documents serving as basis for filling in information about the father in the birth record (for instance, marriage certificate, divorce certificate, death certificate of the father);
  • document certifying birth of the child issued by the medical organization where the child was born, or by the medical organization having provided medical care during birth.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  Birth Act Registration Certificate

Exceptions: None

Comments: It is possible to get duplicates of these certificates. 

 

Death/Burial Certificates

Available

Fees:  No Fee

Document Name: Registration of Death

Issuing Authority: Civil Status Acts Registration Agency of the Ministry of Justice (also known as ZAGS) of the last place of residence of the deceased, or where the death occurred, or where the body of the deceased was found. Registration of a death in the city of Yerevan is performed in the territorial division of the Yerevan special services of the Civil Status Acts Registration Agency of the Ministry of Justice

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:   At present there are many different types of death certificates in circulation, including two different types from the Soviet Union. The Republic of Armenia Has had several types of death certificates. All are single-sheet documents. In the 2000s death certificates were light blue with gray boarders, with later versions all gray. The current death certificate is a one page document, light gray with a darker border and Armenian text only. On the top there is the country state emblem in gold. On the bottom part is the serial number of the document: two Armenian letters, the letter N and six numbers. On the bottom left corner is space for a stamp marked with Կ.Տ. and a line for the civil registration office head’s signature. Stamps are round with the Armenian state emblem and Armenian text. The Civil Status Acts Registration Offices usually use blue ink but some offices use red ink.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Civil Status Acts Registration Agency of the Ministry of Justice

Registration Criteria: A statement on death must be submitted no later than three days following the death or after the body of the deceased is found.   The medical organization and/or organization for social protection of the population, head of the penitentiary institution (if the convict died while incarcerated) or commander of the military unit (if the death occurred during military service) are required to submit a written statement to obtain a death certificate.

Procedure for Obtaining:  The application form is available on the website of the Ministry of Justice at moj.am or from a Civil Status Acts Registration Office.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  Not submitting the identification document of the deceased does not prevent registering the death and issuing a certificate.

Comments: It is possible to get duplicates of these certificates. 

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: A state duty in the amount of AMD 1,000 is charged to register a marriage at a Civil Act Registration Office. A state duty in the amount of AMD 10,000 and an extra-budgetary payment are charged for the state registration of a marriage outside a Civil Act Registration Office. A state duty in the amount of AMD 1,000 is charged to register a marriage with participation of a foreigner.  For the marriage of foreign citizens, stateless persons, or citizens of the Republic of Armenia permanently residing in a foreign state with each other or with citizens of the Republic of Armenia prior to the prescribed 10-day period, an sum (from AMD 90,000 to 150,000) is paid in addition to the state duty.

Document Name: Marriage Registration Certificate

Issuing Authority: Civil Status Acts Registration Agency of the Ministry of Justice (also known as ZAGS) having jurisdiction over the locality where the individual resides.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  At present there are different types of birth certificates in circulation, including two different types from the Soviet Union. The Republic of Armenia has had several types of marriage certificates. All are single-sheet documents. Early versions were orange, changing to pink in the early 2000s. The current marriage certificate is a one page document, light pink with a pink border and Armenian text only. On the top there is the country state emblem in gold. On the bottom part is the serial number of the document: two Armenian letters, the letter N and six numbers. On the bottom left corner is space for a stamp marked with Կ.Տ. and a line for the civil registration office head’s signature. Stamps are round with the Armenian state emblem and Armenian text. The Civil Status Acts Registration Offices usually use blue ink but some offices use red ink.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The Civil Status Acts Registration Office of the place of registration of one of the persons entering into a marriage or the Chamber of Solemn Registration of Marriage and Birth within the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia

Registration Criteria: Only marriages registered with the Civil Status Acts Registration Agency are recognized in the Republic of Armenia. Common law (co-habitation) and church marriages do not carry any legal force. State registration of a marriage requires the physical presence of the persons entering into marriage. Registration of a marriage through a letter of attorney or a representative, i.e. durante absentia, is prohibited. If either of the persons entering into a marriage is not able to appear at the Civil Act Registration Office due to a serious disease or other valid reasons, the state registration of the marriage may be carried out at home, in a medical or other institution in the presence of the persons entering into a marriage.

Procedure for Obtaining: To obtain an original marriage certificate a joint written application of the persons entering into a marriage is required. The form may be obtained from the Ministry of Justice website at moj.am or from a Civil Status Acts Registration Office.  If one of the persons is not able to appear to the Civil Status Acts Registration office to file a joint application, then the signature of the absent person must be certified in the joint application by a notary public, or by consular authorities of the Republic of Armenia located in a foreign state, or by another person competent to perform the functions of a notary public. In addition to the application identification documents of the persons entering into a marriage a document on termination of the previous marriages (if any) is required.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Certificate of a Marriage Act Registration

Exceptions:  Marriage is prohibited between:

  • persons in another marriage, registered as prescribed by law;
  • close relatives (relatives in the direct ascending and descending line, i.e. parents and children, grandfather, grandmother and grandchildren, as well as full and half siblings, maternal, paternal cousins);
  • adopters and adoptees;
  • persons recognized by a court as incapacitated.

Comments: It is possible to get duplicates of these certificates. Same sex marriage is not recognized in Armenia.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: A state duty of AMD,10 000 is charged for state registration of a divorce, including issuance of a certificate. A state duty of AMD 5,000 is also charged in cases where one party wishes to return to their premarital surname after divorce.

Document Name: Divorce Registration Certificate

Issuing Authority: Civil Status Acts Registration Agency of the Ministry of Justice (also known as ZAGS) having jurisdiction over the locality where the individual resides.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: At present there are several different types of divorce certificates in circulation, including three from the Soviet Union. The Republic of Armenia has issued several types of divorce certificates. All are single-sheet documents. Old versions may be red, pink or brown. The current divorce certificate is a one page document, light brown with a brown border and Armenian text only. On the top there is the country state emblem in gold. On the bottom part is the serial number of the document: two Armenian letters, the letter N and six numbers. On the bottom left corner is space for a stamp marked with Կ.Տ. and a line for the civil registration office head’s signature. Stamps are round with the Armenian state emblem and Armenian text. The Civil Status Acts Registration Offices usually use blue ink but some offices use red ink.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The Chamber of Solemn Registration of Marriage and Birth within the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia 

Registration Criteria:  Divorce based on mutual consent is carried out in a Civil Status Acts Registration Office. In such cases marriage is terminated as soon as the divorce is registered. Divorce may be carried out through a judicial procedure, if (1) there is no consent from one of the spouses for divorce; (2) one of the spouses, in spite of lack of objection, avoids performing the divorce in the office of state registration of civil status acts; (3) spouses wish to divorce through a judicial procedure upon mutual consent. When divorcing through a judicial procedure, the marriage is considered terminated from the moment of entry into legal force of the court’s civil judgment. A judicial divorce may be registered with the Civil Status Acts Registration Office by one or both of the spouses at any time after entry into legal force of the court’s civil judgment.

Procedure for Obtaining:  To register a divorce by mutual consent a joint application must be submitted by both spouses. If one of the spouses cannot appear at the Civil Status Acts Registration Office, they may register consent with a notarized statement. Applicants are entitled to withdraw their application at any time prior to registration of the divorce. The following documents are required to register a divorce:

  • identification documents;
  • marriage certificate (if available)
  • joint application of spouses for divorce in the office Civil status acts registration upon mutual consent of the spouses; or
  • application of one of the spouses, if the other spouse has been declared by the court as missing or having no active legal capacity or has been convicted for a period not less than three years; or
  • application of the spouses and court’s civil judgment having entered into legal force-in case of a divorce through a judicial procedure.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  Civil judgement divorces may be registered by an attorney or representative.

Comments: It is possible to get duplicates of these certificates. Same sex marriage is not recognized in Armenia.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  No state duty is levied for registration of adoption by citizens of the Republic of Armenia, including for issuance of a certificate. A state duty of AMD 30,000 is changed for state registration of an adoption by foreign nationals and stateless persons, including for issuance of a certificate.

Document Name: Adoption Certificate

Issuing Authority:  Civil Status Acts Registration Agency of the Ministry of Justice (also known as ZAGS) having jurisdiction over the locality where the individual resides.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  At present there are different types of adoption certificate in circulation, including some issued by the Soviet Union. They may be yellow, violet or turquoise. The current adoption certificate is a one page document, white with a turquoise border and Armenian text only. On the top there is the country state emblem in gold. On the bottom part is the serial number of the document: two Armenian letters, the letter N and six numbers. On the bottom left corner is space for a stamp marked with Կ.Տ and a line for the civil registration office head’s signature. Stamps are round with the Armenian state emblem and Armenian text. The Civil Status Acts Registration Offices usually use blue ink but some offices use red ink.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  State registration of adoption may be carried out by: (1) the Civil Status Acts Registration Office in the location of the court having rendered the civil judgment on adoption, or (2) the Civil Status Acts Registration Office in the place of residence of the adoptive parent(s).

Registration Criteria:  Adoptions may take place only for persons under the age of 18, taking into consideration the complete physical, mental, spiritual and moral development of the child. Adoption is approved by the court and is subject to mandatory state registration at the territorial Civil Status Acts Registration Office following the entry into force of the civil judgment of the court.

Procedure for Obtaining: Potential adoptive parents are granted the right to apply for an adoption certificate upon the basis of a court decision (and the entry of that court’s decision into force). Documents required for state registration of adoption are:

  • written application of the adoptive parent(s) or a person authorized by them (the application form may be obtained on the website of the Ministry of Justice at moj.am, or from a Civil Status Acts Registration Office;
  • civil judgment of the court on adoption having entered into legal force;
  • identification documents of adoptive parent(s);
  • marriage certificate of adoptive parents;
  • birth certificate of the adoptee.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: It is possible to get duplicates of these certificates.

Identity Card

Available:  Is designed for the use within the territory of RA

Fees: AMD 3000

Card Name:  Identification Card, on the document is REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA ID CARD

Issuing Authority:  Passport and Visa department of RA Police

Voluntary or Mandatory: Voluntary. Is issued from the age of 16

Validity:  10 years

Information on the Card: Photo, Name,  Patronymic , Sex, Birth Date, Nationality, Address, Fingerprint, Social services number, Date of issuance and validity date.

Biometric Technology on the Card: Digital photo, fingerprints, e-signature

Additional Information: Address is only stored electronically, document contains information in Armenian and English. Document is a double-sided plastic card.  On the left down corner of document’s front side is the holder’s photo, and above the photo is a holographic state emblem and holder’s year of birth. On the front part of the card is the state emblem. The document holder’s signature is on the lower right corner of the front side.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records 

Available

Fees:  The state fee for issuance of a police certificate is AMD 5,000. Postal delivery requires a fee of AMD 430 within Armenia, AMD 25,000 outside Armenia.

Document Name:  Criminal Record Certificate

Issuing Authority: Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The Document is issued in Armenian and English including the stamp of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and signature of issuing secretary on the bottom left corner of the document. On the right bottom is APOSTILLE certified and signed by the head of the Consular Department of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs. An Armenian police certificate is a one page document with the following technical characteristics:

  • Security paper with water mark covered with visible red and green fibers and UV-reactive green and blue fibers,
  • Iris printing: Soft passes from one color to other color on the right and left borders of the document,
  • Micro lines in the background pattern,
  • Guilloches: continuous lines, visible under UV light,
  • Micro text on the upper part of the document under the hot stamping and name of the issuing authority “MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA”,
  • An optically variable image on the left upper corner of the document changes color when viewed at different angles,
  • Hot stamping with micro lines (Coat of Arms of the Republic of Armenia) on the left upper corner of the document,
  • Each blank is progressively numbered with UV-reactive ink on bottom middle of the document,

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Consular Department  of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia

Registration Criteria:   Anyone 16 years old or older may obtain a certificate about himself/herself. Any individual’s parent, brother, sister, husband, child, or authorized representative may obtain a certificate about that person.

Procedure for Obtaining: Requests for Armenian police records should be submitted to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia in person (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00 to 12.00 in the reception hall of the administrative building of the MFA), by mail (to: RA, Yerevan 0010, Vazgen Sargsyan 3, Government House 2, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Consular) or online at mfa.am.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  Under Armenian law, prior criminal records may be expunged under several different sets of circumstances 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.

Comments: The certificate is generally available within five working days and fees are dependent on the delivery requirements.  Details about documentary requirements, fees, delivery options, and the online application form are available at the MFA’s website: mfa.am.

 

Court Records

Available  

Fees: No fees

Document Name: Court Verdict or Court Decree

Issuing Authority: Court where the decision was made

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Court decrees are issued on A4 paper. The first page bears the state emblem and the individual numbering of the document, with letters indicating the court and a unique decision number. At the bottom of each page is the stamp of the judge. On the last page under the verdict is the stamp, name and signature of the judge. When the verdict is not appealed and enters into force another notice is added to the decision with the date the Decision entered into force, and stamp and signature of the judge. Stamps are round with Armenian text only. Ink may be blue, black or red.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The court where the decision was made

Registration Criteria: No later than in 5 days after the announcement of a criminal verdict, a copy is handed to the defendant, his defense counsel and the prosecutor. Civil case decisions are also available to participants by request in 5 days.

Procedure for Obtaining: Court verdicts are immediately forwarded to the persons participating in the case and take effect in 15 days. The verdict is compiled in the language of the court trial and consists of the introduction, description and argumentation, and conclusion. Corrections in the verdict must be agreed upon and approved with signatures of all judges prior to announcement of the verdict. Armenian citizens can apply for court information orally or in writing. In a written inquiry the requestor’s name, surname, citizenship, address, work or educational institution (in case of a legal entity its designation and address) are required.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments: None

 

Prison Records

Unavailable: Convicted applicants can provide an original Court Record with copy and translation.

Military Records

Available

Fees: No fee

Document Name:  Military Book

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:   At present there are several different types of military books in the circulation including two from the Soviet Union different. The current Republic of Armenia military book is in Armenian and Russian.  On the first page is the individual numbering of the document, biographic information and photo of the holder, and the stamp, rank and signature of the head of the military commissariat. The military book contains information about the education and position of the holder. A person should be registered in his territorial military commissariat, which is confirmed with a stamp and date he is registered.   

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Ministry of Defense  of the Republic of Armenia

Registration Criteria: All male citizens of Armenia aged 16 to 18 are legally required to register for military service.

Procedure for Obtaining: All male citizens of Armenia aged 16 to 18 are called to the Military Unit of the Ministry of Defense of their residency to be registered and be issued a military card.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  Registration cards issued by the Ministry of Defense

Exceptions:  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. 

Comments:  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.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.): There are four types of documents that allow individuals to reside in Armenia:

  • Regular and Diplomatic passport;
  • Residency permits;
  • Non-citizen certificates (issued to refugees);
  • National ID cards. 

Fees: Government fees for application and obtaining a regular passport are $70-80 depending on optional fast-track services.

Document Name: Republic of Armenia Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Government of Armenia

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  At present there are two types of regular passports in the use. Both have blue covers with REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA PASSPORT in English and Armenian, and the Armenian state emblem in gold print. Passports are in Armenian and English.

  • Older style passports consists of 32 pages, with biographic information on pages 2 and 3. The fourth page has a place for an “exit stamp,” which is required to make the passport valid for travel to other countries, with a stamp and date up to which the stamp is valid. The fourth page may also indicate extension of validity of an expired passport.  All visa pages have the state emblem and are light blue color.
  • New style passports have the ICAO chip symbol on the cover. On the inside of the passport cover is the state emblem in color and a monument of a horseman. The passport consists of 40 pages with biographic information pages 2 and 3. No exit stamp is required for new passports. Visa pages are blue and pink with a white and grey state emblem.
  • Diplomatic passports have black covers and include the word DIPLOMATIC in English and Armenian

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Passport and Visa Office of the Police of the Republic of Armenia

Registration Criteria: Armenian passport (citizenship) can be acquired by ethnic Armenians, i.e. those who have ancestors of Armenian origin, as well as long-term residents of Armenia and spouses of Armenian citizens. Children under 6 years old may be issued passports for a period of 3 years, and from 6 to 16 years old with a 5 year validity or until age 18. Armenian nationals 16 years and older are issued passport with a validity of 10 years.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Armenia may issue and extend passports. The following documents are required when applying for a passport:

  • Application form
  • Identity/Social Card. Children under 16 should present birth certificate or a passport if available
  • Children under 16 are required to present certificates on behalf of their parents regarding their marriage; death; paternity recognition; certificate on being a single mother, etc.
  • Children under 18 are required to submit a consent from their parents. If one of the parents is unable to present the consent in person it should be signed by the parent and the signature has to be notarized.
  • Any available identity card. Previous passport if expired.
  • A military book  for men 16 years and older;
  • Application fee

Alternate Documents: Residence permits for aliens are available in three types:

  • temporary: valid for one year, with the possibility to extend for an additional year
  • permanent: valid for five years, with the possibility to extend for an additional five years,
  • special residency passports: valid for ten years with the possibility to extend for another ten years. 

Exceptions: None

Comments: All Armenian citizens 16 and older are issued a regular passport by the passport agency of their local police department. Holders of Armenian passports 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 must submit their old passports to the passport agency for verification before receiving a new passport. Armenian diplomatic passports are valid for five years and cannot be extended. Armenian citizens under the age of 16 need only one parent’s (or other legal representative’s) consent to apply for a passport.

Other Records

Change of Name Certificates

Available

Fees: A state duty of AMD 5,000 is levied for the change of name, patronymic and surname.

Change of Name certificates are issued by the Civil Status Acts Registration Agency of the Ministry of Justice (also known as ZAGS) having jurisdiction over the locality where the individual resides. It is also possible to get duplicates of these certificates. Persons 18 years old and over can apply to the appropriate Civil Status Acts Registration Office for a Change of Name certificate. Applicants can change their first, last and patronymic name. Persons 16 to 18 years of age may change their name with their parents’ consent. Changes are made to previous records in civil status acts regarding the person having changed his or her name. A new Civil Status Acts Registration certificate is issued on the ground of those changes. The person is also issued a certificate of name change, which allows other state and non-state bodies and organizations to change previously issued documents.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title:  Embassy

Address:  1 American Avenue, Yerevan 0082

Phone Number: +37410464700

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

IV/NIV/ACS, Processing all types of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas. Yerevan is one of the four Iranian-designated posts processing every type of IV and NIV visas.

Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.