Norway Lifts Ban on Iranian Students

Norway Lifts Ban on Iranian StudentsNorway Lifts Ban on Iranian Students

Norwegian universities have called off a discriminatory ban that did not allow Iranian students to study in the European country, following the implementation of the nuclear deal and lifting of sanctions in January.

Norway’s Foreign Ministry issued a directive to rescind the ban on admission of Iranian students in Norwegian universities that came into effect after international sanctions were tightened against Iran in 2006 over the nuclear program dispute, Mehr News Agency reported.

Under the sanctions, Iranian students were denied visas, visa extension and residence permits, and in certain cases faced expulsion from centers of learning in the Scandinavian country.

The hostile move by Norway sparked massive academic support for Iranian students, most notably from American linguist, philosopher, social critic, and political activist Noam Chomsky, who called on the Oslo government to withdraw the unjust decision and put an end to educational discrimination.