UT prohibits foreign nationals holding a tourist visa from having any kind of formal affiliation with the University of Tehran. Therefore, it is essential for foreign nationals planning a visit to UT to contact the Department's Headquarters in advance so that they may assist the visitor in obtaining the appropriate visa status. It is of the utmost importance for foreign Basic Scientist (mathematicians, physicists and chemists) or Engineers planning to visit the UT EngSci Department to make appropriate visa arrangements in advance. Please contact Homayon Heshmati in the EngSci Headquarters Office for more information.
Often foreign visitors may have a visa stamp of some type in their passport, and assume that this stamp means that they already have the visa necessary for entry. It is important to point out that these visa stamps represent only the eligibility to obtain a certain visa status. Actual visa status is determined by the immigration official at the point of entry to the IRAN.
If no advance visa preparations have been made, or if the scholar neglects to request the appropriate visa status from the immigration official at the airport, the visitor may not be admitted to the IRAN, or may be admitted with the incorrect status (tourist with a visa waiver). A visitor with the WT notation in his or her passport is not eligible for a change of status within the IRAN, or for an extension of stay. In most circumstances, WT visitors cannot be paid any salary or honorarium, or reimbursed for any expenses. No UT appointment, whether paid or unpaid, is permitted with a tourist visa. Therefore, it is extremely important that the inviting faculty member in the EngSci Department or the international visitor contact Homayon Heshmati well in advance to make appropriate visa arrangements. Homayon works closely with the International Scholars Office (ISchO) at UT. The ISchO is the main resource at UT for visa applications, information, policy, and advice.