IRB – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Autor)
The following information was provided
during a 6 October 1998 telephone interview with the former visa
officer of the Visa and Immigration Section at the Embassy of
Canada in Tehran. The former officer worked at the embassy between
1988 and the end of 1994, and has reviewed around 30,000 Iranian
passports as well as other Iranian documents, including the
military discharge card.
The former Visa Officer stated that a
triangle stamp is indicative that the holder has participated in
the electoral process. The former Visa Officer could not provide
additional information without seeing the document and the
Iranian citizens living abroad can vote in
Iranian elections through their embassies. Iranians living in the
United States can vote at the Embassy of Algeria in Washington. For
cities where an important Iranian community is living, such as Los
Angeles, special arrangements through Iranian institutions are
organized to allow all Iranian citizens to vote.
This Response was prepared after
researching publicly accessible information currently available to
the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is
not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any
particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Former Visa Officer, Embassy of Canada
in Iran, Ottawa. 6 October 1998. Telephone interview.