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Morocco - Apply for a Work Permit

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Procedure[edit]

If you got a job in Morocco and you are a foreigner, you are going to need to get a work visa (i.e. Morocco work permit).

  • There are several quality registered job recruitment agencies in the country that operate in several different languages and list positions of all kinds at all levels of jobs done through the Employer.

The two authoritative websites that have information on work permits for Morocco are the Morocco Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training (has the forms that you need to fill out as well as the step by step requirements) and the Embassy of Morocco in France (has a good overview of the legislation relating to employment of foreigners).

Anapec is the official government job website of the Department of Labor in Morocco: www.anapec.org. There are also other websites that are highly useful in finding employment in Morocco which are private.

Note
  • Expats must obtain a work permit and doing so requires several steps. Morocco is not particularly quick in dealing with paperwork, and you may need to follow up several times before the permit is issued.Navigating Moroccan Labour bureaucracy can be a slow and nerve-wracking process, which requires patience and persistence, so you should apply as soon as possible after moving to Morocco.

To obtain a work permit,send one completed application form and bring a legalized copy* of your contract from you employer along with forms your employer provides**,

  • a copy of your passport,
  • copies of all your diplomas and degrees,
  • and two identification sized photos*** to the Department of Labor in Rabat.
  • Four passport-size photos taken within the previous 6 months.
  • Passport (valid for at least 6 months from date of exit out of Morocco, and with at least one blank page), with a photocopy of the relevant data pages.
  • Fee (payable by postal order only).
  • Evidence of employment, enrolment as a student or bank statements.
  • Photocopy of flight ticket(s).
  • Photocopy of hotel reservation.


No matter where you are living and working in Morocco, you must travel to Rabat for to obtain the work permit.



  • Contracts made in Morocco need to be legalized by a local district office, commonly known as a town hall or town administration office in Morocco.
  • Your employer will provide two forms that they are responsible for partially filling out. You will fill out the rest of the form with some personal information. Forms should be fully completed with all appropriate stamps by employer before you bring them to the Department of Labor.

Passport Photos are also needed for the resident card/carte du sejour, so bring extra 4 copies.

  • As with all offices and processes in Morocco, you may speak with one person who will ask for a set of documents, and then another person at a later date will request different or additional documents. It's always best to carry a folder full of copies of all your official documents to save yourself trips back and forth.

Most business is conducted in French, especially in the private sector. However, most of the government agencies, including the court system conduct business in Modern Standard Arabic. Expats planning to work in the private sector should be able to speak French fluently. There are a few private sector companies where English is also spoken and no other foreign language skills are required, but such companies are few and far between.

However, in some of these places, upper-level managers may or may not speak English so for negotiating a contract or other business functions may require a translator who could be someone working in the company that speaks both languages.

Note

No individual over the age of 60 years old is allowed to work in Morocco. However, many elderly individuals still work in small shops,selling goods on the streets, or providing skilled services such as painting or other household handiwork.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • completed application form
  • proof of sufficient finances for your stay in Morocco,
  • a copy of the invitation letter issued by the company you are planning to work with.
  • a copy of your employment contract.
  • Photocopy of employees passport and valid business visa
  • Business letter from employer
  • Work experience evidence



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Employment & Vocational Training

Avenue Mohamed V,

Quartier Administratif,Rabat

Tel : 537-760-521/ 5

Email : communication@emploi.gov.ma

Website  : http://www.emploi.gov.ma


Dpartement de l'Emploi Department of Labor.


Avenue Mohamed V

Hassan Rabat

Telephone: 212 537 76 05 21

Website: http://www.emploi.gov.ma



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Eligibility[edit]

To be Eligible you must obtain a work contract which is generally enough to prove working status in Morocco.



Fees[edit]

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Validity[edit]

Work card and Visa for settlement are usually valid for three (3) years.



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Processing Time[edit]

Seven (7) to twenty one (21) days



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Instructions[edit]

  • No matter where you are living and working in Morocco, you must travel to Rabat for to obtain the work permit.
  • Work Contracts made in Morocco must be legalized by a local district office:
  • Forms should be fully completed with all appropriate stamps by employer
  • Most business is conducted in French, especially in the private sector. However, most of the government agencies, including the court system conduct business in Modern Standard Arabic.
  • If you are planning to work in Private sector you should be able to speak French fluently
  • Apart from few companies who conduct their business in English no other foreign language skills are required.
  • There not so many opportunities for job seekers who don't have a basic knowledge of the local language, called Darija or Moroccan Arabic or French
  • You will find business culture similar to that of the general perception of other countries due to the French influence on business practices.
  • The work week is a typical Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. experience.
  • Once a contract is signed by both parties it must be legalized first otherwise it will not hold up in a court of law.
  • living costs are so much lower in Morocco compared to other African Countries, workers earn an average salary of $6,000-9,000 per year.
  • A visa can be obtained either on arrival or prior to departure from any Moroccan embassy, high commission or consulate office in your country of residence;
  • have a enough hard currency before traveling to Morocco, there few credit cards



Required Information[edit]

  • A bank statement or other proof of income
  • A work contract
  • A legalized copy of your contract from you employer along with forms your employer provides.
  • A copy of your passport,
  • Copies of all your diplomas and degrees.
  • Two identification sized photos.
  • Personal information
  • A resident card/carte du sejour
  • Sex, Age and marital status
  • Nationality
  • Details of Employer in Morocco
  • Commencement date
  • Duration of employment



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Need for the Document[edit]

Have you made plans to move to work in Morocco? This North African country is a lively and vibrant expat destination for working. Morocco is a rapidly developing country, technology, communications, and business experience are in high demand.As more private companies seek Morocco as a place to do business, qualified professionals from human resources to marketing managers are in high demand in Morocco.

Most business is conducted in French, so if for foreigners want to work in the business setting, it is almost essential to speak the language fluently. Of course, English is a plus as education in the language is becoming more popular, especially among the younger generation. There are several schools and learning centers seeking qualified English teachers and native speakers are always preferred. One must have a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate in order to teach at the top schools.

Foreigners are not required to secure work before moving to Morocco.However, to apply for a resident card (carte du sejour), a bank statement or other proof of income may be required.A work contract is generally enough to prove working status in Morocco. Expats in order to work in Morocco must obtain a work permit and doing so requires several steps.


Morocco is not particularly quick in dealing with paperwork, and you may need to follow up several times before the permit is issued.



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External Links[edit]

http://www.expatfocus.com/expatriate-morocco-employment

http://www.visahunter.com/visa/morocco/how-to-get-a-work-visa-for-morocco/

http://www.iclg.co.uk/practice-areas/employment-and-labour-law/employment-and-labour-law-2014/morocco



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