UNHCR Iran - Help for refugees and asylum-seekers

Duties of refugee in the Country of Asylum:

Respect and abide by the laws of the country (Comply with all local laws and customs): It is your duty to respect and abide by the laws and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Avoid mass gatherings and overcrowded areas to minimize the risk of arrest, detention, and deportation.

Carry your identification documentation: You must ensure that your identification document such as Amayesh card Hoviat card, Headcount slip or valid passport with a visa, should be with you all the time, in case If you are asked to show your identity document by the law enforcement authority. Be aware that you can approach UNHCR offices nearest to your place of residence (Contact UNHCR offices) for free of charge legal support and consultation. (Legal Services)

Avoid unauthorized movements: If you are recognized as a refugee in Iran, returning to the country of origin without authorization, may result in losing your refugee status. Traveling to areas other than the area of your residence (as indicated in your documentation Amayesh, Headcount LP or visa) without authorization and movement and residence in prohibited areas for foreign nationals can result in you losing your Amayesh or Hoviat status, putting you at risk of arrest, detention, and deportation.

Are you from Afghanistan and just arrived in Iran? Find more information for new arrivals here.

All UNHCR services are free of charge. Beware of fraudsters providing fake identity cards or any other official documents in exchange for money. Such documents are illegal. Do not pay for them! Please regularly check the UNHCR Help website , the UNHCR Help Fraud page and our Latest News webpage for up to date and reliable information and announcements on documentation, availability and access to services and more! Do not hesitate to reach out to us through our UNHCR Iran Protection Mailbox or through our  UNHCR Iran Protection Hotlines for more information.

Welcome to the Iran ‘HELP’ website page of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, created to provide useful information on key topics for refugees, asylum-seekers and other foreign nationals displaced from their country of origin and residing in the Islamic Republic of Iran.   

If you are seeking information from UNHCR in countries outside Iran, you can find this on the “HELP” pages of those countries including, Australia, Canada, Turkey, the United States, and others.  

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This page will be continually updated as more information becomes available. You can also find the latest news on UNHCR Iran’s website or follow UNHCR Iran on Instagram.

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