- Country Name: Kingdom of Morocco
- Capital: Rabat
- Population: 33,848,242 (2014 census)
- Language: Arabic, Tamazight
- Time Zone: WET (UTC+0)
- Dialing Code: +212
- Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Morocco. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
Morocco has a diverse and open-market orientated economy, which is partly due to its close proximity to Europe. For expats looking to move to Morocco, there are many industries which are highly sought after these include: technology, communications, healthcare, and business.
The Moroccan government is also encouraging foreigners to invest in the country this is resulting in a large number of businesses having a subsidiary in Morocco.
There are two main types of permits which can be used for working in Morocco. One is the Work Authorisation (Assignment/Secondment) which is a work permit for foreign nationals sent on assignment for up to three years. The other work permit is a Work Authorisation (Local Hire) which is for foreign nationals who will be locally hired to reside and work in Morocco.
Processes and requirements may vary slightly according to the labour market at the time of application, the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the applicant and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We, therefore, recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
The process for Work Authorisation (Assignment/ Secondment) will involve collating personal and corporate documents, obtaining a police clearance certificate, processing of work permit application and entry into Morocco after which you will then have to get medical checks and attestation of some documents from local town hall to apply for residence permit. ). This route enables companies to keep the payroll and social security contributions in the home country.
For Work Authorisation (Local Hire), the documentary requirements are similar with the addition of ANAPEC process which involves approval from labour market regulatory authority before the actual work permit application can be filed. This route requires a Moroccan payroll and social security contributions in Morocco.
Documentary requirements will vary according to personal and company circumstances and, as such, we would provide case-specific advice following receipt of a completed questionnaire. You will need to submit various documents which include, but are not limited to:
Your original passport or certified colour copies, degree certificate and/or CV, passport photos, job description, as well as, marriage certificate and birth certificate for family dependants. The sponsoring and sending companies will also need to provide a number of supporting documents.
Some personal documents will also need to be legalised and translated prior to submission. Newland Chase can assist with this.
Processing times will vary according to the type of work permit, country of application, and nationality of the applicant and any dependants. However, an indication of processing times is as follows:
Work Authorisation (Local Hire) – usually takes from 3 to 6 months, should the Moroccan entity choose to use a low/mid-level job title and conduct a labour market test. For executive level job titles, processing time is significantly less and can be completed within 2-3 months (upon submission of complete work permit application file).
Work Authorisation (Assignment) – usually takes 3 weeks to 6 weeks for work permit authorisation (upon submission of complete work permit application file).
Residence permit – Moroccan residency matters are handled by Moroccan police department and the application process require a personal appearance at the local police station. Residence permits are issued in two steps i.e. a temporary residence permit also known as “recepisse” issued within 10-15 working days from the date of application submission. This is an A4 paper based residence permit and allows the permit holder to complete all kind of administrative matters e.g. opening bank accounts, applying for driving licences etc. The final residence permit card, also known as “Carte Sejour”, may take up to 3 months for issuance.
For the Work Authorisation (Assignment) the permit can be used for foreign nationals sent on assignment for up to three years or acting as general managers (legal representatives).
For local hires, work permits are issued for 1 year with the possibility of renewal on a yearly basis.
If you reside in the following countries you do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days: Australia, Britain, Canada, USA, and all other EU countries.
For enquiries regarding tourist/ business visas from any other countries to Morocco, please contact us.
Moroccan law does not authorise permanent residency to foreign nationals but it does allow applying for long-term residence permits for up to 10 years to residents who have lived in Morocco for more than 3 years, and for those married to Moroccan nationals.
Some supporting documentation will require legalisation which, depending on the country of origin, may take several weeks.
As such, you would be advised to start the visa application process well in advance of the desired date of relocation. Check with Newland Chase for all up-to-date information on visa requirements and for assistance with ensuring a successful application.