Morocco - Apply for a Refugee Visa
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
Step 1 : Before you apply you must be outside Morocco when you apply for a Refugee visa or you can still apply while staying in Morocco. One option which may be available to Refugee seeker is to make an application for protection (refugee status), which can be made while she is in Morocco, but the outcome will depend on whether the applicant meets the definition of a refugee, as per the United Nations 1951 Convention that Australia has signed. The Convention defines refugees as people who:
- (a)are outside their country of nationality or their usual country of residence,
- (b) are unable or unwilling to return to their home country, or to seek the protection of that country, due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, and
- (c) are not war criminals or people who have committed serious non-political crimes.
Moroccan law does not list specific examples of the kinds of persecution that would qualify someone for refugee status in Morocco. However, from the law that has been developed through court cases, It is clear that it can include such acts as threats, violence, torture, inappropriate imprisonment, or denial of basic human rights or freedoms.
Step 2 : Refugee Entry visas to Morocco:The Moroccan legislation relating to the refugee entry and stay of refugee in Morocco, states that any refuge wishing to seek asylum in Morocco must have been persecuted or suffered oppression based on race,religion,nationality,membership in a particular social group, or your political opinion. which are fairly self explanatory, government of Morocco won't grant refugee status to a person who has not suffered or does not fear persecution that's based on one of five grounds.
Therefore there must be proof on suffering if you are applying for a refugee visa.
Step 3 : Attach are the required documents, and If you do not meet the requirements then you will not be able to apply for Refugee visa.
These are some of documents include;
- Detailed information of applicant;
- Contact address
- Date of birth of applicant
- Relationship details with beneficiary
- Details of beneficiary
- Age of beneficiary
It is up to the competent Moroccan authority issuing the refuge visa to determine whether the applicant has provided the necessary document required for the Visa, in additional the length of stay and duration of validity of visa depending on the profile of the applicant, type and visa requested and the number of entries.After viewing documents are either approved or rejected;
Step 4 : If approved, the application is then forwarded to the competent authorities to issue a Visa or appropriate embassy for further processing.The immigration Authority is responsible for screening and issuing all visas to enter Morocco. Even if a visa is issued to the refugee to enter Morocco or to be come permanent residency but this can be adjusted or tuned by the minister concerned as per the skill requirements, citizen sentiments and other political circumstances.
- i) proof connected to one of five grounds -- race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinion
- ii) You must meet certain character requirements.
- iii) a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months
- iv) You must meet certain health requirements
- v) More information at Proposing an Immediate Family Member ('Split Family')
- vi) Proof of Citizenship or nationality /Identification cards
- vii) Marriage certificates
- viii) Birth certificates
Office Locations & Contacts
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco.
Avenue F. Roosevelt Rabat Morocco
Telephone: +212 3 776 15 83
Tel : 537-762-841/ 761-583/ 761-123/ 762-195
Fax: +212 3 776 55 08/537-765-508/ 764-679
Website : http://www.maec.gov.ma
Any foreign who has been granted asylum in Morocco and those who already have resettled in Morocco as refugees are Eligible for a Refugee Visa.
You are Eligible if you can meet the following criteria:
a)You are unable or unwilling to return to your home country because you have been persecuted there in the past or have a well-founded fear that you will be persecuted if you go back.
b)The reason you have been (or will be) persecuted is connected to one of five things:
- i) your race,
- ii) religion,
- iii) nationality,
- iv membership in a particular social group, or your political opinion.
for free of charge
It is usually one (1) year then renewed
Documents to Use
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The process could take about a month or more.
Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites. Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation. Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed. e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M".
- i) To be considered as a refugee you must meet the normal standards of being a refugee.
- ii) Application should be made within a period of two years.
- iii) Child and spouse are Eligible only if are under 18 years and not married for women.
- iv) There must be a cause either through the government or other issue which are clear.
- v) If asylum is granted you may decide to remain in Morocco indefinitely
- vi) You must abide to laws and regulations of the country
- vii) Asylum seeker should not engage in any political activity,and if engaged in gainful employment, one is obliged to pay taxes accordingly.
- i) 2 identity photos, colored on white background (4 x 3 cm) recent and clearly showing facial features
- ii) Identity card or residence card or any document serving the same.
- iii)Passport still valid: The validity of the passport or travel document must exceed 90 days and in all cases greater than the duration of the stay
- iv) Applicant birth certificate
- v) Physical address of the applicant
- vi) proof of persecution
- Vii) Your age bracket.
- viii) Beneficiary report
Need for the Document
Although Morocco remains primarily a country of emigration, it is also becoming a destination for migrants and refugees from sub-Saharan Africa and, to some extent, from crisis-hit European countries.
The instability still affecting some parts of the sub-region, in particular Libya, continues to generate irregular movements to Morocco. Since the start of Libyan crisis in 2011, the Ministry of Expatriates and immigration have witnessed an increase in the number of asylum-seekers in Morocco.
Asylum and refugee status are special legal protections available to people who have left their home country for their own safety and are afraid to return. One of the biggest issues that Moroccan immigration officials have been dealing with in the past few months is becoming a destination for migrants and refugees seekers.Morocco Being one of the get way country to Spain has suffered with the largest influx of refugee seekers,Morocco is hard pressed to provide for them. However, there are also clamors from within the country itself to tighten regulations with regards to refugee entry into Morocco.
But not everyone qualifies for refugee status. You must meet some strict requirements, as described in this procedure;
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