Most Renunciations of Citizenship are Granted by President

    • Law - 12 January 2018, 22:20
Serzh Sargsyan grants the majority of applications on renouncing citizenship of Armenia, stats provided to Lragir.am by the head of the Passport and Visa Department of the Police Mnatsakan Bichakhchyan shows.

Note that according to Article 1 of the Law on Citizenship, renouncing citizenship does not result in loss of citizenship. A person will lose citizenship if their citizenship is suspended by the president.

In 2012-2017 16,436 renunciations were received. Serzh Sargsyan has suspended 14,583 people’s citizenship.

The number of applications for renouncing citizenship has grown over years. In 2012 968 applications were received, in 2013 the number was 1461, in 2014 the number was 2407, in 2015 the number was 2487, in 2016 the number was 3863, and in 2017 the number was 5250. The number of applications granted by Serzh Sargsyan also increased automatically. In 2012 Serzh Sargsyan suspended the citizenship of 559 people, in 2013 the number was 1109, in 2014 the number was 2190, in 2015 the number was 2476, in 2016 the number was 3516 and in 2017 the number was 4733.

In answer to our request to list the countries where most Armenians moved after renouncing their citizenship. The head of the Passport and Visa Department Mnatsakan Bichakhchyan said there is no statistics by countries. Bichakhchyan says the law does not require stating a reason for renouncing citizenship therefore there is no statistics of reasons either.

Note that many Armenian citizens are dual citizens and they do not have to renounce their Armenian nationality to get citizenship in another country. There are opinions that more Armenians receive citizenship of other countries than the number of renunciations. Mnatsakan Bichakhchyan said his department does not possess such statistics.

“The aforementioned numbers are official data. Applications or statements for renunciation of Armenian citizenship submitted while being a foreign country are not considered proper applications. A person is supposed to submit the documents required by legislation to a diplomatic service if they are in a foreign country, or the Passport and Visa Department in Armenia. Cases based on documents submitted to diplomatic services are also sent to the Passport and Visa Department. The final conclusions are drawn by the Passport and Visa Department,” the Police official says.

Russia has a law on double citizenship but those Armenian citizens who wish to get Russian citizenship through a simplified procedure must renounce their Armenian citizenship.

According to the Russian Migration Department, 22,264 citizens of Armenian got Russian citizenship in 2016.