Moving to Armenia for work will require you to comply with visa requirements when entering the country, applying for a residence permit, registering your address, obtaining a social security number and paying taxes.
Check if You Need a Visa to Enter Armenia
Armenia has unilaterally removed visa requirements for the citizens of the United States, the European Union, and many other developed countries. Nationals of many other countries can get a visa on arrival at the airport. They normally can also get a visa online by filling out an application on the website of the Armenian Foreign Ministry. Finally, nationals of almost all African and certain Asian countries must obtain a visa in advance at an Armenian embassy abroad and only after the Armenian government approves an invitation letter filed by the Armenian employer or business partner. The lists of countries whose nationals are exempted from a visa or can get a visa online are available here: https://armenian-lawyer.com/visa/.
Apply for a Residence Permit
Foreigners who hold a valid visa or who are exempted from visa requirements can stay in Armenia for a maximum of 180 days in a year. If you plan to stay in Armenia for more than 180 days or if you plan to work during your stay it is recommended to apply for a temporary residence permit. Residence permits cannot be issued by Armenian embassies abroad. You must come to Armenia to apply for a permit at the Police. A residence permit will be issued to you within 30 days if you provide the necessary documents, including the contract with your Armenian employer. More information on residence permits is available here: https://armenian-lawyer.com/permanent-temporary-residence-permits/.
Register Your Address
After the Police issues the residence permit you will have 15 days to register your address at the local police station. You will have to either provide documents confirming your property rights (e.g. ownership or lease certificate) or a police officer will visit your apartment to make sure that you reside at the address you indicated in your application. This process can take up to two weeks.
Get a Social Security Number
Most employers will ask you to provide a social security number (public services number). This number is available after you get a residence permit and register your address. In certain cases it may be possible to get a social security number without having to obtain a residence permit. The social security number will be used by you and your employer in tax returns and in other dealings with the government, banks etc.
Make Sure Your Taxes are Paid
Obtaining a residence permit in Armenia does not mean that you become a tax resident. Moving your tax residency will require you to spend at least 183 days per year in Armenia. However, even if you are not a tax resident, you will still have to pay taxes on income derived from Armenian source, e.g. your salary paid by an Armenian employer. You will need to make sure that your employer registers you with the tax office, and withholds all the applicable taxes from your salary. If all taxes are withheld by your employer you will not have to file tax returns or pay taxes on your own.
Obtain a Work Permit
As a general rule, a holder of an Armenian visa is not entitled to work in Armenia unless s/he also holds a work permit. Highly skilled foreign specialists, business owners, executives and certain other categories of workers are exempt from work permit requirements. For more information on work permit requirements please check https://armenian-lawyer.com/work-permits/.
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