U.S. Visas

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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Morocco

Morocco
Kingdom of Morocco

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8

Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes

  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Mail applications for most documents are generally available, but are best done from within Morocco. A Moroccan attorney can often be helpful.

Consulate Casablanca requires all immigrant and diversity visa applicants 18 years or older to document their current marital state by producing either a marriage certificate or a celibacy certificate. If the applicant has been divorced or widowed, we also require all divorce and death certificates, as appropriate. Applicants for IR5 (parent) visa generally do not have to document their marital status.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: MAD 2.00

Document Name: Extrait d’acte de naissance

Issuing Authority: Bureau d’Etat Civil (Municipal Registry/district City Hall)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  White or green/ government stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Officier d’état Civil ( Registrar/Civil Status Officer)             

Registration Criteria: Hospital record/family book and vaccination

Procedure for Obtaining: Present a Livret de Famille (Family Book) to the Bureau d’Etat Civil having jurisdiction over the place of birth.

Certified Copies Available: Originals are available at any time

Alternate Documents: Muslims who are Moroccan residents can substitute an Acte de Notoriété (affidavit by witnesses) by applying to the family court having jurisdiction over their place of birth. Moroccan Jews should apply to the rabbinic court having jurisdiction over their place of birth. The accuracy of these documents is often doubtful.

Exceptions: Non-Moroccans may obtain birth certificates if the birth occurred after 1960 in the former International Zone of Tangier, or if the birth occurred after 1956 in the former French or Spanish Protectorate Zones. Applicants should apply to the Municipal Registry (Bureau d'Etat Civil) having jurisdiction over the place of birth. Non-Moroccans whose birth was not recorded with the Bureau d'Etat Civil, or whose birth occurred prior to the dates indicated above, should contact their Embassy or Consulate for assistance.

Comments: According to Moroccan law, parents must apply for the Moroccan birth certificate within 30 days of the birth.  After 30 days, the parent(s) must engage in a lengthy court process to obtain the birth certificate.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: MAD 0.00

Document Name: Extrait d’Acte de Décès

Issuing Authority: Bureau d’Etat Civil (Municipal Registry/district city Hall)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  White/Government stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Officier d’état Civil ( Registrar/Civil Status Officer)

Registration Criteria: Death certificate  issued by registered doctor

Procedure for Obtaining: A declaration of death is mandatory and can be made by family members. The order of precedence is as follows:

1. Son/daughter;
2. Spouse;
3. Father, Mother, Tutor;
4. Adopted Child;
5. Brother/Sister;
6. Grandparents;
7. Local authority if all of the above are unavailable

Certified Copies Available:  Originals are available at any time

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: The declaration of death is registered based on the documents submitted to the officer of the commune where the death occurred. They must be presented within 30 days for Moroccans residing in Morocco and within one year from the date of death for Moroccans who died overseas.  

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates 

Available

Fees: Varies depending on the Adul (marriage official) or rabbinical court, generally MAD 500-1000.

Document Name:  Aakd Zawaj (Acte de Mariage)

Issuing Government Authority: For Muslims, prepared by the Adoul (religious agent) and notarized/certified by the Notary Judge of the family Court that presided over their marriage. For Moroccan Jews: If married prior to 30 September 1965, apply to the rabbinical court that presided over the marriage. For marriages performed after that date, apply to the Bureau d’Etat Civil having jurisdiction over the place of marriage.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Regular A4 white sheet (no special features), Government stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Prepared by the Adoul  & certified by the Notary Judge

Registration Criteria: In accordance with Islamic Laws, 3 parties (husband, wife and Adoul)must be present at the marriage

Procedure for Obtaining:  Family Court issue marriage certificate.   After a meeting is set with the 3 parties the Adoul prepares a draft of the marriage certificate then take it to the notary judge (family book) for certification.  the couple can take the final version within  1-2  weeks

Certified Copies: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: Deed of Confirmation of Marriage; Deed of Verification of a Judgement of Confirmation of Marriage.  Non-Moroccans who were married in the former French Protectorate Zone during the period from 1912 to 1956 may obtain a marriage certificate from the Bureau d'Etat Civil having jurisdiction over the place where the marriage was celebrated. Non-Moroccans who were married in the former Spanish Protectorate Zone during the period from 1912 to 1956 may obtain a marriage certificate by applying to the church where the marriage was celebrated. Non-Moroccans married in the former Tangier International Zone during the period from 1912 to 1960 should write to their Consulate or Embassy for assistance. (There were no civil licensing procedures in the Spanish Zone prior to 1960.) Certificates of marriage for marriages celebrated after 1956 in the former French or Spanish Protectorate Zones, or celebrated after 1960 in the former Tangier International Zone, may be obtained from the Bureau d'Etat Civil having jurisdiction over the place where the marriage was celebrated and recorded.

Exceptions:  None

Comments: Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Morocco.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: Varies depending on the Adul (marriage official), generally MAD 300-1500.

Document Name: Aakd Talak (Acte de Divorce)

Issuing Authority: For Muslims, the Cadi Court (Family court) that rendered the decree.

For Moroccan Jews divorced prior to 30 September 1965, apply to the rabbinical court that issued the divorce. For Moroccan Jews divorced after that date, apply to the Tribunal de Premiere Instance that rendered the divorce decree. For non-Moroccans divorced in Morocco, including in the former French and Spanish Protectorate zones and in the former Tangier International Zone, apply to the Tribunal de Premiere Instance that rendered the decree.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Regular A4 white sheet

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:   Prepared by the Adoul  & certified by the Notary Judge

Registration Criteria:  Both parties or their representatives must attend in person.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Family Court issue divorce certificate.   An original of the divorce decree is provided to both husband and wife by the family court.

Certified Copies: A copy of the divorce (jugement de divorce) may be obtained from the ‘’family Court’’ where the decree was pronounced.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable: Adoption is not legal in Morocco; however, civil authorities may place a child in the custody of a guardian. Guardianship, known as kefala, is normally granted only to Muslims; non-Muslims must convert to Islam in order to be granted kefala guardianship. A kefala certificate does not establish a parent-child relationship for immigration purposes, but is necessary in order to apply for an IR4 (orphan to be adopted in the U.S.) visa.

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Kefala

Issuing Government Authority: Family court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: An A4 SIZED, Two sided document

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:   Minor Judge in charge of Minor Children affairs

Registration Criteria:  The child’s current guardian and the guardian-to-be must appear in person and present their national identity documents and passport-sized photos

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Prospective parents present home study to the family court
  • Prospective parents visit the orphanage and choose the age of the adoptive child
  • Return to family court and submit police report, report from Islamic Affairs, and report from social worker
  • Court clerk executes physical custody of the adoptive child to the adopting parents
  • Prospective adoptive parents return to court to obtain travel authorization and authorization for passport issuance

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Non-Moroccans, even if Muslim, may experience delays and other difficulties in obtaining a Kefala from the Moroccan courts.

Identity Card

Available

Fees:  MAD 75

Document Name: ID card (Carte d’identité  nationale)

Issuing Authority: Police department La direction générale de la sureté nationale

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The new ID has a lots of security features that include a digital chip, overlaminate holographic, ultraviolet script, micro text, full white and black photo and small with printed photo

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Police station where issued

Registration Criteria: Age criteria: 16 and up. Exception: minors 12 years old and up who wish to apply for Moroccan passport are eligible to apply for Moroccan ID

Procedure for Obtaining: Police station with birth certificate/copy of family book, , residency certificate,  and 4 photos

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police/Prison Records

Available

Fees: MAD 30

Document Name: Extrait de la Fiche Anthropometrique

Issuing Authority: Central Police Station of the Locality

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Seals and signature of the local police officials          

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Ministry of the Interior

Registration Criteria: Possession of new format Carte Nationale (ID card)

Procedure for Obtaining: Moroccan citizens, over 18 years of age, must obtain a Fiche Anthropometrique and a Casier Judiciaire from the Central Police station at their place of residence. The identity card, which is necessary to obtain the Fiche Anthropometrique, is not available to Moroccans under 18, therefore, Moroccans aged 16 to 18 should present an extract from the judicial records (Extrait du Casier Judiciaire). Police records are not delivered to third parties.

A Fiche Anthropometrique can be obtained by resident citizens of Morocco upon presentation of the new format National Identification Card (Carte d’Identite Nationale), a stamped self-addressed envelope, and a fee to the Service de l'Anthropometrie of the Central Police Station of the place of residence. Non-resident Moroccan citizens may request a Fiche Anthropometrique by writing directly to the Direction General de la Surete Nationale, Fichier Central de L'Anthropometrie, Rabat. The number and date of issue of the new format Carte Nationale must be included in the request. The fiche Anthropometrique is delivered only to bearers of the new format Carte Nationale

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available , but police departments can issue new certificates

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Court Records

Available

Fees: MAD 10

Document Name: Extrait du Casier Judiciare

Issuing Government Authority: For Moroccans and foreigners born in Morocco: Tribunal de Premiere Instance at the place of residence.For non-Moroccans resident in Morocco: Casier Judiciare Central, Ministere de la Justice, Rabat

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Seals and signatures of the local prosecutor and the local clerk        

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Ministry of justice            

Registration Criteria:  Obtainable by Moroccan citizens and foreign nationals who were born in, currently resides in, or previously resided in Morocco.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Applicants must present some form of official document, such as a birth certificate, Moroccan ID card, or a passport at the time of application. Requests can also be filed electronically but for the pick-up, the applicants must appear in person. Court record is not delivered to third parties.  Foreigners not born in Morocco must make an application to the Casier Judiciaire Central (Ministry of justice and liberties).  Foreign nationals applying in Morocco will be expected to bring their passports and any documents that justify previous residency. Foreign resident may appoint someone in Morocco to pick up the document using a power of attorney.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents         

Exceptions: None

Comments: Available to foreigners not currently resident in Morocco. Moroccans between the age of 16 and 18 need only produce this certificate, as they are not eligible to get a Police Certificate.

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name:  Carte militaire

Issuing Authority: Etat-Major General des Forces Armes Royales, Bureau de Recrutement, Rabat.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: has different format            

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Military officer    

Registration Criteria: There are no alternate documents

Procedure for Obtaining: If service was in the French or Spanish armed forces during the period of the Protectorate, then the requirements for these countries are applicable. If service was in the armed forces post-independence Morocco, military records are available, (with difficulty), from the Etat-Major General des Forces Armes Royales. The applicant must go in person to the Rabat office.

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available: (Regular, Diplomatic, Official(passeport de service)

Fees:  500 MAD for Regular, others are free

Document Name:  Djaouaze assafar (Passport)

Issuing Government Authority: City Hall

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Regular passports are green, Special passports are blue, and Diplomatic passports are red, government stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The ministry of interior for regular official, Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Diplomatic

Registration Criteria: Adults: ID card, application form, and certificate of residency, children need to have parental authorization

Procedure for Obtaining:  In-person application required. Necessary documents include:

1. Application form
2. Certificate of residency
3. 2 recent pictures
4. National ID card

Alternate Documents: Emergency travel document while abroad

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Documents Available:  There are no other documents available

Other Records

Celibacy Certificates

Available

Fees:  0 MAD

Document Name: Certificat de Célibat

Issuing Government Authority: The Bureau d’état Civil (Municipal Registry)

Procedure for Obtaining:  Apply to the Municipal Registry at the applicant’s area of residence.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available , but district city hall can issue new certificates

Alternate Documents: Certificate de non Remarriage: Issued for persons who are divorced or widowed and are not currently married; the translation will sometimes say this is a Certificate of Singlehood.

Exceptions: None

Comments: The Consulate requires all applicants for an immigrant visa, except IR5 applicants, who are 18 years or older to document their marital status.  If the applicant was never married, or was married before but is currently divorced or widowed, then a celibacy certificate is required. 

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Consulate General of the United States in Casablanca, Morocco

Address:8 Boulevard Moulay Youssef, Casablanca

Phone Number: (212) (522) 64-20-00
Fax: (Consular Section) (212) (522) 20-41-27 

Visa Services: Non-Immigrant Visas, Immigrant Visas and American Citizen Services

Comments /Additional Information: Casablanca U.S Consulate  operates on Monday –Friday work schedule

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Morocco (including Western Sahara).

  • Comments / Additional Information: Consulate Casablanca is a designated processing post for all classes of immigrant and non-immigrant visas for Libyan nationals.