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Armenia Reciprocity Schedule
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
Country Specific Footnotes
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.
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.
Tiered Fee Schedule for N-8 and N-9 Visas:
$0.00 One 3 Months $50.00 Multiple 12 Months
Visa Category Footnotes
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:
- G-1 through G-4
- NATO 1 through NATO 6
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.
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.
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:
- T-2 (spouse)
- T-3 (child)
- T-4 (parent)
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.
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
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. 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.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
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. It is also possible to get duplicates of these certificates.Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Armenia.
Adoption CertificatesAvailable. Adoption 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. 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 (and the entry of that court’s decision into force). 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.
See "Passports & Other Travel Documents."
Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. Requests for Armenian police records should be submitted to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia (RA MFA):
- In person Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00 to 12.00 in the reception hall of the administrative building of MFA on Amiryan Street in Yerevan;
- By mail to Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government House Republic Square, Yerevan 0010, Armenia;
- Online at http://www.mfa.am/en/clearance/.
The certificate is generally available with 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: http://www.mfa.am/en/clearance/.
Applicants residing outside of Armenia can make their requests through Armenian embassies or Consulates General (listed here: http://www.mfa.am/en/by-countries/) or online (http://www.mfa.am/en/clearance/) The process normally takes five working days plus shipping time.
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 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.
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.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
There are four types of documents that allow individuals to reside in Armenia:
- regular passport;
- residency permits;
- non-citizen certificates (issued to refugees);
- national ID cards.
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 and, if an exit permit stamp is obtained, external use and is valid for five years. 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 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 (or other legal representative’s) consent to apply for a passport.
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.
Change of Name Certificates
Available. Change of Name 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. It is also possible to get duplicates of these certificates.
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.
Visa Issuing Posts
Address: 1st American avenue, Yerevan 0082
Phone Number: +37410464700
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.
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.