Effective January 1, 2015, the United States will begin issuing visas in accordance with a new reciprocal arrangement. Armenian applicants who qualify for a B-category nonimmigrant visa (NIV) may now be issued multiple-entry visas for up to 10 years for business and tourist travel. Qualified Armenian students and exchange visitors and their dependents who qualify for F, M, or J-category visas are now eligible for multiple-entry visas valid for up to five years. Also effective January 1, 2015, U.S. citizens will be able to travel to Armenia visa-free and stay in Armenia for up to 180 days per calendar year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the benefits of the visa validity extension?
Armenian citizens who regularly travel back and forth between the U.S. and Armenia will benefit from the longer validity by not having to apply and pay the application fee every year. Businesses in both countries, including the tourism industry, will benefit from increased travel, investment, and business development opportunities between the two countries. Longer visa validity will allow students and exchange visitors to return to their home countries during school and work holidays more easily.
Q: Will these changes in visa validity affect fees?
There will be no change in visa application fees. The basic visa fee of 160 USD includes appointment scheduling. Visa information is available free both online at https://usvisa-info.com or http://armenia.usembassy.gov.
Q: Will changes in visa validity have any effect on visa eligibility?
The same standards of eligibility for a U.S. visa will apply as before this extension in validity.
Q: Will applicants with previous visas still be eligible to apply for visa renewal via the Interview Waiver Program?
The Interview Waiver Program (IWP) remains a valuable tool to many visa holders who wish to renew visas. A great majority of current tourist, business visitor, student, and exchange visitor nonimmigrant visa holders will remain eligible for IWP processing. More information on IWP processing can be found at http://armenia.usembassy.gov
Q: Will the increased visa validity allow me to stay longer in the United States?
It is important to note that visa validity is NOT the same as the allowed duration of stay. A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port of entry where a Customs and Border Protection officer will grant admission to valid travelers. In doing so, the officer will inform the traveler of the permitted length of stay. The current change in visa validity does NOT change the permitted duration of stay for any visa class. Remaining in the United States beyond your allowed duration of stay can result in a violation of U.S. immigration laws and may cause you to be ineligible for travel to the United States in the future.
Q: When is the right time to apply for this longer-validity visa?
The up-to ten-year validity visa is not a temporary offer, but represents a long-term reciprocal commitment. While an applicant should generally apply well in advance of their anticipated travel date, an individual with a currently valid visa or with no current travel plan should not rush to apply.
Q: If the visa currently in my passport has one year validity, does it now have a longer validity?
Existing visas will be valid only until the expiration date printed on the current visa. This extension does NOT increase the validity of visas already issued. To obtain a visa with extended validity, holders of valid or recently-expired visas will need to apply again. Please note that many visa applicants are eligible for the Interview Waiver Program under which an interview may not be required; more information on IWP processing can be found at http://armenia.usembassy.gov.
Q: Will dependent family members of students and exchange visitors also be eligible for these increases in visa validity?
Yes, all qualified dependent family members of students and exchange visitors will be eligible for these same increases in visa validity.
Q: Can I apply for a ten-year visa if I am an Armenian national living in a country other than Armenia?
Yes, maximum visa validity is determined by the reciprocity arrangement with the country that issued your passport and not the country in which you apply.
Important Notice - New Application Fees: Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application fees for certain visa categories were changed on September 12, 2014.There is no change in visitor (Business, Tourism, Medical Treatment), student, or exchange visitor visa fees. They remain $160 per applicant. All visa applicants must pay the fee amounts in effect on the day they pay, with the exception of Immigrant Visa application processing fees paid domestically to the National Visa Center (NVC), which will be effective as of the date of billing. More information is available at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/fees/fees-reciprocity-tables.html.
The Consular Section of the U. S. Embassy in Yerevan provides a variety of services for U.S. citizens and Armenian citizens who wish to travel to the U.S. There are two units in the Consular Section: the U.S. Citizen Services Section and the Visa Section.
The Consular Section is located at 1 American Avenue, Yerevan. There is one Embassy entrance for all visa applicants. It is located on Isakov Avenue. Applicants should not try to enter the Embassy on American Avenue.
Please contact the Consular Section by e-mail: for Armenian nonimmigrant visa issues or general consular questions at email@example.com, for Iranian nonimmigrant visa issues at IranNIVYerevan@state.gov, for Armenian adoption or immigrant visa issues at firstname.lastname@example.org, and for Iranian immigrant visa issues at IranIVYerevan@state.gov.
Please send any supporting documentation, including letters of invitation, directly to visa applicants to present at the time of the interview. The Consular Section cannot match incoming correspondence with upcoming visa applications.
Please review our website for information about applying for nonimmigrant and immigrant visas. To get details on all types of visas to the United States please visit the U.S. Department of State website by clicking on the following link: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english.html.