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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

of November 16, 1995 No. ZR-16

About citizenship of the Republic of Armenia

(as amended on 05-05-2021)

Accepted by National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on November 6, 1995

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Citizenship of the Republic of Armenia

The procedure for acquisition and termination of citizenship of the Republic of Armenia is determined by this Law. Person loses citizenship of the Republic of Armenia owing to the nationality termination.

Each person in the procedure established by the law has the right to acquisition of citizenship of the Republic of Armenia. Armenians on nationality acquire citizenship of the Republic of Armenia in the simplified procedure.

The citizen of the Republic of Armenia cannot be deprived of citizenship of the Republic of Armenia or the right to its change.

Change of nationality is regulated by this Law and international treaties of the Republic of Armenia.

The refusal of citizenship of the Republic of Armenia or acceptance of nationality of other state in itself does not attract loss of citizenship of the Republic of Armenia.

Article 2. Legislation on citizenship of the Republic of Armenia

The legislation on citizenship of the Republic of Armenia consists of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, international treaties of the Republic of Armenia, this Law and other legal acts of the Republic of Armenia.

If the ratified international treaties of the Republic of Armenia establish other regulations, than those which are provided by this Law are applied regulations of the international treaty.

Article 3. Citizen of the Republic of Armenia

Citizens of the Republic of Armenia are persons which acquired citizenship of the Republic of Armenia according to this Law.

Citizens of the Republic of Armenia are equal before the law, irrespective of the bases of acquisition of citizenship of the Republic of Armenia, nationality, race, floor, language, religion, political or different views, social origin, property or other status, have weight established by the Constitution and the laws of the right, freedom and obligation.

Article 4. The documents confirming citizenship of the Republic of Armenia

The documents confirming citizenship of the Republic of Armenia are the ID card and the passport of the citizen of the Republic of Armenia, and before achievement of 16-year age of the document confirming citizenship of the Republic of Armenia it can not be required if the certificate of birth and documents of parents confirming citizenship of the Republic of Armenia is provided.

Article 5. Inadmissibility of issue of the citizen of the Republic of Armenia to other state

The citizen of the Republic of Armenia cannot be issued to foreign state, except as specified, provided by the international treaties ratified by the Republic of Armenia.

Article 6. Preserving citizenship of the Republic of Armenia

Accommodation outside the Republic of Armenia in itself does not attract the termination of citizenship of the Republic of Armenia.

Marriage of the citizen (citizen) of the Republic of Armenia with the citizen (citizen) of foreign state in itself does not attract nationality change.

Nationality change by one of spouses in itself does not attract change of nationality of other spouse.

Article 7. Protection of citizens of the Republic of Armenia outside the Republic

Citizens of the Republic of Armenia outside the Republic use protection and protection of the Republic of Armenia.

The Republic of Armenia, its diplomatic and consular representations and their officials shall protect the rights of the citizens of the Republic of Armenia staying in other states, and also take measures to recovery of their violated rights according to the legislation of these states and international treaties.

Article 8. Foreign citizens and stateless persons

Person which does not have citizenship of the Republic of Armenia who has nationality of other state is considered the foreign citizen.

Living and the Republic of Armenia and person which does not have citizenship of the Republic of Armenia who has no evidence about availability of nationality of other state is considered person without citizenship.

The Republic of Armenia encourages acquisition of citizenship of the Republic of Armenia living in the Republic of Armenia without nationality and does not interfere with acquisition of nationality of other state by them.

The legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Republic of Armenia is regulated by the legislation of the Republic of Armenia and international treaties of the Republic of Armenia.

Chapter 2. Acquisition of citizenship of the Republic of Armenia

Article 9. Bases of acquisition of citizenship of the Republic of Armenia

Citizenship of the Republic of Armenia is acquired:

1) nationality recognition;

2) on the birth;

3) by acceptance in nationality:

4) by recovery in nationality;

5) by group acquisition of nationality;

6) on the bases provided by international treaties of the Republic of Armenia;

7) on other bases provided by this Law.

Article 10. Recognition of citizenship of the Republic of Armenia

Citizens of the Republic of Armenia are recognized:

1) citizens being the Automated workplace. SSR, constantly living in the Republic of Armenia which before entry into force of the Constitution did not acquire nationality of other state or refused it within year from the date of entry into force of this Law;

2) Persons of the Armenian nationality without nationality or the citizens of other republics of the former USSR who are not the foreign citizens who are constantly living in the Republic of Armenia, constantly living in the Republic of Armenia who declare acquisition of citizenship of the Republic of Armenia till December 31, 2019;

3) former citizens of the Automated workplace. SSR of the Armenian nationality, living outside the Republic of Armenia, not acquired nationality of other state. Based on the same Item person acquires citizenship of the Republic of Armenia if in the procedure established by the law addressed and received the document confirming citizenship of the Republic of Armenia. In that case person is recognized the citizen of the Republic of Armenia from coming into force of the Law of the Republic of Armenia of November 6, 1995 to ZR-16.

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