Announcements

Announcement on Student Visas

In view of the still volatile situation in Afghanistan, Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology announced that Afghan refugee students who are seeking to enroll at Iranian universities and therefore need to change their Amayesh card for a passport with a student visa can now do so from Kish Island, rather than traveling to Afghanistan. UNHCR welcomes this initiative by the Iranian […]

Announcement on DAFI Scholarship

Facilitating refugees’ access to higher education is one of UNHCR’s priorities in Iran. UNHCR works with the Government and the NGO Pars Development Actors (PDA) to implement the DAFI scholarship programme, which supports a number of refugee students to undertake undergraduate university studies. The scholarship programme covers tuition fees and living expenses. For more information about the DAFI scholarship programme, including the eligibility criteria, required documentation and other programme details, please contact Provincial BAFIA, Central BAFIA or PDA. You may reach PDA by […]

Announcement on Services Available for the Undocumented

In Iran, Afghans have access to different rights and services based on their status (Amayesh card holder, passport & visa holder, undocumented).  It should be noted that, in line with the approach of the Government of Iran, Amayesh card holders are the primary group of concern to UNHCR Iran. However, we strive to also support those most in need […]

Announcement on the 7th cycle of Universal Public Health Insurance (UPHI)

Announcement Number 002/2021 We are pleased to share with you the recent developments relating to the Universal Public Health Insurance (UPHI) scheme: (1) Electronic access to health insurance: As of July 2021, issuance, renewal or changing of UPHI insurance booklets has been discontinued and replaced by online services countrywide. All refugees who have enrolled in UPHI can now receive […]

Announcement on the launch of UNHCR “HELP” website

UNHCR Iran is happy to announce the launch of our Iran “HELP” website. This page was created to provide useful and reliable information to individuals seeking support in Iran, including new arrivals. Website address:  https://help.unhcr.org/iran/en/ Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, UNHCR Iran reception centers continue to be physically closed for regular in-person interaction for the time […]

Announcement on circulation of misinformation on social media about resettlement

UNHCR expresses its concerns regarding the circulation of misinformation on social media and through other channels about resettlement. Do not believe rumours about registration for resettlement by UNHCR. We do not conduct registration for resettlement. Refugees with serious protection concerns should contact UNHCR through our hotlines or by email. Do not believe unofficial statements on social media […]

UNHCR expresses its concerns regarding the risks related to onward movements of persons of concern from Iran to Turkey

UNHCR CAUTIONS REFUGEES: DO NOT believe rumours or informal information circulating on social media about movement to other countries, including Turkey and Europe. DO NOT believe what smugglers, human traffickers or others who may be posing as travel guides are promising. In order to undertake international travel, you need a valid travel document. If you are travelling […]

Amayesh 16 Registration

Amayesh 16 registration is currently underway, until 21 September 2021. However, the new cards being issued by BAFIA to refugees contain new and different codes as compared to previous years. UNHCR highly recommends that you make a copy, scan or take a photo of the Amayesh 15 card of all your family members, before approaching the nearest Kefalat […]

School enrolment for non-Iranian children in Iran

Every child has a right to go to school. Making sure that all children have access to education is at the heart of UNHCR’s mandate. In 2015, Iran began allowing all children of school age to attend primary and secondary school regardless of their documentation status and without having to pay additional fees. It is […]

Announcement on Resettlement

UNHCR expresses its concerns regarding the circulation of misinformation on social media and through other channels about resettlement. Do not believe rumours about registration for resettlement by UNHCR. We do not conduct registration for resettlement. Refugees with serious protection concerns should contact UNHCR through our hotlines or by email. Do not believe unofficial statements on social media […]

How to contact UNHCR during COVID-19

In order to mitigate risks of refugees and staff contracting and potentially spreading the Coronavirus, UNHCR Iran reception centres continue to be physically closed for regular in-person interaction for the time being. We are working to make our receptions centres as safe as possible to be able to start receiving refugees in-person again soon.   Continuing services and […]

Deadline to extend family visas- Friday 21 May 2021

If you are an Afghan family passport holder in Iran, please note that According to the statements of DG BAFIA, Mr. Mehdi Mahmoudi the deadline to extend your visa is Friday 21 May 2021. BAFIA has confirmed this deadline will not be extended. We thus understand that families who do not successfully renew their Iranian […]

Universal Public Health Insurance (UPHI) – Start of 7th cycle

Joint announcement by the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs (BAFIA), the Iran Health Insurance Organization (IHIO) and the UN Refugee Agency, (UNHCR): The 7th cycle of Universal Public Health insurance (UPHI) has started. As per previous cycles, all vulnerable refugees can now approach the nearest Pishkhan centre (countrywide) and enrol in the scheme […]

Announcement on resettlement

Resettlement can be a life-changing durable solution for refugees who are at risk, and it is understandable that refugees would like to know more about the resettlement process. To counter the spread of misinformation and ensure refugees are provided with the correct information, UNHCR would like to share the following explanations regarding the resettlement to […]