Rights Of Foreign Nationals


Who is considered a foreign national under Iranian law?

Persons who are not known as Iranian citizens in accordance with the provisions set out in Article 976 of the Civil Code are considered as foreigners. The first part of the article indicates foreign persons are those whose foreign nationality is supported by documents that are valid and above reproach and such evidence is not contested by the Iranian government.

What is the Iranian approach to foreigners’ rights?

In accordance with Principle 22 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the honor, life, property, rights, dwellings and jobs of people (whether a national or foreigner) cannot be interfered with except where allowed by law. Moreover, the Iranian Civil Code expressly asserts that foreign nationals, except in very few instances, are entitled to their duly recognized civil rights.

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