Morocco- Residence Permit Process Changed

What has changed

Effective February 16, 2017, Morocco has implemented the following changes regarding the Residence Permit Process:

  1. Third parties are no longer able to provide assistance to applicants inside the immigration police office.
  2. Applicants are now required to interview with a General Directorate for National Security (GDNS or police officer).
  3. Only twenty (20) to thirty (30) applications will be considered each day.

While previously in existence, the two rules below are now being strictly enforced:

  1.  Foreigners with an expired Residence Permit require authorization from the immigration police before traveling/exiting Morocco.
  2. Additional documentation, such as a resume or bank statements, may be requested in addition to regular requirements.

Who is affected?

  • All clients with new and ongoing Resident Permit applications

What to expect

Due to the extremely limited number of applications being considered each day, applicants should arrive at the immigration police office before opening hours to be among the first twenty (20) to thirty (30) people.

What you need to do

Planning ahead

  • Arrive early, before opening hours, at the police immigration office with all required documents.
  • An Emigra representative will accompany applicants to the office building, but applicants must submit the application inside unaccompanied.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.