Armenia Temporary & Permanent Residence

Residency for Investors & Business Owners

Foreigners investing in the Armenian economy may qualify for one of the following residence permits:

  • Special residence permit, issued in the form of a passport and valid for 10 years
  • Permanent residence permit, issued in the form of a card and valid for 5 years.
  • Temporary residence permit, issued in the form of a card and valid for 1 year



Invest in Armenia’s rapidly growing hospitality market and get residence status for you and your family.  

Procedure, Steps & Timeframe

Benefits of Armenia Residency

An Armenian residence permit grants you and your family members the right to unrestricted stay in the country, visa-free travel to Armenia, and the right to engage in any lawful activities, such as doing business, working, studying or simply retiring. A resident may invite other foreigners to Armenia. Residents enjoy  constitutional rights and freedoms, including rights to healthcare, social security, education, property and privacy rights, freedom of speech, conscience, religion and belief. Armenian residents are not obliged to serve in the military. 


The application for a temporary or permanent residence permit is processed in about 30 calendar days. The law does not require you to be physically present in Armenia. However, in practice, you are requested to be in Armenia at the time of application. Moreover, in the absolute majority of cases there is an in-person interview within the first two weeks following the application and a second interview at the Immigration Office is also possible. In other words, it is recommended that you stay in Armenia until you get the residence permit or at least make sure that you can come to Armenia on a very short notice in order to be interviewed. 

A new residence permit with the same validity period will be issued by the Immigration Office within a few days. A government fee of AMD 12,000 (US$25) is payable. The residence permit is also subject to change if any information contained in it changes (e.g. your passport number). 

The residence permit can be renewed for an indefinite number of times, provided that the legal basis for obtaining the permit is still existing (e.g. you are still doing business in Armenia, still registered as student etc.). It is recommended to apply for extension at least 30 days before the expiration date of your permit.

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