employer who employs a foreign citizen lacking a work permit, or
carrying an expired work permit, and / or employs a foreign citizen
to a work other than specified in his/her work permit, or fails
to report the disruption of the employment relationship of a foreign
citizen to the Ministry of labor and Social Affairs may be subjected
a term of imprisonment ranging from 91 to 180 days, taking into
account his/her circumstances and the degree of the offence.
Executive Regulations of
129 of the Labor Law
the Islamic Republic of Iran
of Issuance, Extension, Renewal and Cancellation of Foreign
Citizens’ Work Permits
work permit of foreign citizens whose work visas have been approved
by the Technical Board for Employment of Foreign Citizens mentioned
in Article 121 of the Labor Law will be issued by the “Department
for Employment of Expatriates” of the Ministry of Labor and Social
issuance of work visa for foreign citizens mentioned in the Article
122 of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Labor Law is not included in
this article and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is
authorized to take direct measures in necessary cases
Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is allowed to, in exceptional
cases of article 126 of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Labor Law,
issue a 3 months temporary work permit without observing the
formalities related to issuance of work visa but observing other
related regulations. The extension of the work permit of such
individuals would be permitted following the confirmation of the
technical board for employment of foreign citizens.
who use the foreign citizens’ services are obliged to present the
required documents for the issuance of work permit for the mentioned
citizens to the related departments of Ministry of Labor and Social
Affairs within one month of the citizens’ arrival to the country.
Otherwise, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs would declare the
issue to the judicial authorities according to the article 181 of the
Work permit for foreign
technical experts and specialists needed by the government will be
issued in any case by the Department of Employment of expatriates
after the approval of the Technical Board for Employment of Foreign
Citizens and the ratification of the Islamic Consultative Assembly.
conditions of employment of foreign technical experts and specialists
needed by the Government and the permission to issue the work permit
shall be subject to ratification by the Islamic Consultative
Assembly following advice by the Ministry of Labor and Social
Affairs and the State Organization for Administrative and Employment
who use the foreign citizens’ services, if interested in extension
of the foreign experts’ work permit employed in their
organizations, are obliged to send the required documents along with
the report of training operations to the relevant departments of
Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs within at least one month prior
to expiry of their work permits.
Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs can extend the work permit of
those foreign citizens mentioned in the Article 3 of this regulation.
Any increase in the
projects’ foreign manpower, or changes made in the kind of
specializations approved previously, should be discussed again in the
Technical Board for Employment of Foreign Citizens.
All the work permit
extension applications for foreign citizens employed in the private
sector, in each turn of extension, would be mentioned and decided
upon in the Technical Board for Employment of Foreign Nationals.
possessing valid work permits whose recruitment contracts with their
employers are terminated due to any reason in conditions of change of
the employer would be subjected to the renewal of the work permit.
foreign citizens’ work permit in cases of change of the employer or
the kind of employment, with the exception of foreign citizens
mentioned in Article 122 of the Labor Law, would be renewed following
the Technical Board for Employment of Foreign Nationals’ agreement,
by the relevant departments of the Ministry of Labor and Social
cases when the employment relation of the foreign citizen is
disrupted with the employer, the latter is obligated to inform the
relevant departments of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
within 15 days for the cancellation and filing of foreign citizen’s
violators of this article would be subjected to the fines and
penalties mentioned in article 181 of Labor Law.
The replacement of the
foreign citizen whose work permit has been cancelled is subject to
the process of issuance of a new work permit in any case.
Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is authorized to cancel the work
permit of those foreign citizens who do not observe the Islamic
rules, the country’s current laws and regulations, and the standard
labor relations, on the basis of reports and declarations received
from the related departments.
the cancellation of work permit, The Ministry of Labor and social
Affairs, may request the relevant authorities to expel the
foreign citizens from if necessary.
Ministry of Labor and social Affairs can, in necessary cases, request
the competent authorities to prohibit the entrance of those foreign
citizens to the country, who haven’t observed the points mentioned
in this article and have offended more than twice.
executive procedures and necessary documents for issuance of work
visa and also for the issuance, extension, and renewal of foreign
citizens’ work permits would be according to the directions which
will be proposed by the Department for Employment of Expatriates and
ratified by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs.