YEREVAN (Armenpress)—More than 21,000 people applied for and acquired Armenian citizenship in 2013, the head of Armenia’s Police Department for Passports and Visas, Norayr Muradkhanian, reported. A significant proportion of those who applied were foreign citizens – most commonly French, Russian, American, and Georgian – who were of Armenian descent.
Any person of Armenian descent can acquire Armenian citizenship. Furthermore, anyone, regardless of heritage, can acquire Armenian citizenship with three years of permanent residence in Armenia and basic knowledge about the Armenian Constitution.
Muradkhanian says that so far, the numbers in 2014 look to be outdoing the previous year’s numbers by a wide margin.
Muradkhanian elaborated that 82,383 applications for ID cards and 20,279 for biometric passports have been registered in January-February of the current year. In addition, the police colonel emphasized: “The main part of the applicants’ passports are still valid, but despite this our compatriots want to get biometric passports.”