The Security Council of the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have imposed sanctions on Iran because its government is pursuing a nuclear program. The European Union has also announced sanctions in connection with human rights violations in Iran.
On January 23, 2012, the EU decided to expand sanctions against Iran (Council Decision 2012/35/GBVB). This regulation now also focuses on key areas of the petroleum and natural gas (petrochemical) industries.
The Dutch Immigration Service will defer the handling of applications of Iranian labor and highly skilled migrants, Iranian scientists, and Iranian self-employed persons who wish to work in these sectors (including the applications of their family members) until it is known how this regulation should be applied to residence applications from Iranians.
Applications for renewal of residence permits of Iranian nationals and their family members already residing in the Netherlands in the aforementioned sectors are also deferred. Applications from Iranians who are not working in the sanctioned sectors will be processed as usual.