Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is the American Embassy? What are its working hours?
What about the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca?
- How do I apply for a visa?
- Where can American Citizens find information about Morocco?
- Where can I find information on trade and business in Morocco?
- How can I find information about studying in the U.S.?
- Where can I learn American English in Morocco?
- What is the history of U.S.-Moroccan relations?
- Where can I find more information about the United States?
- Does the U.S. provide development assistance to Morocco?
The American Embassy is located at 2, Avenue Allal el Fassi in Rabat. The telephone number is (212)(37)-76-22-65. The Embassy is open Mondays - Fridays from 8:00 - 17:30.
The Consulate General in Casablanca is located at 8 Boulevard Moulay Youssef, and the telephone number is (212)(22)-26-45-50. The Consulate is open from 8:00 - 17:30, but please note different hours for the consular section.
All Consular services (including American Citizen Services) are available only at the Consulate General in Casablanca. There are no visa services available at the U.S. Embassy in Rabat.
There are two different categories of visas for the United States - immigrant visas and non-immigrant visas. Different types of visa applications require different types of applications and supporting documents. The Consular Section of this web site has full details on all visa procedures and consular section hours and fees.
Consulate General in Casablanca are available to assist American citizens in Morocco. The Embassy can assist in cases relating to lost passports, crime, injury, or other issues. Notarial services are also available. All U.S. residents in Morocco are urged to register at the Consulate to help us serve you better. Would-be travelers or residents should also consult Consular Section of of this web site and go the American Citizen Services.
The Consulate General in Casablanca is open for American Citizens Services Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 1:30p.m. -3:00p.m..
U.S.-Morocco trade and investment is dynamic and growing. Morocco is a great place for American investment and exports: the country has a stable political environment, an advanced privatization program, prudent fiscal policies, and a low inflation rate. Several organizations exist to encourage and promote U.S. - Moroccan trade, including the U.S. Commercial Service in Casablanca. For information on FCS and other organizations, consult the Economic Issues and Trade section of this web site.
There are more than 3,500 institutes of higher education in the U.S., both public and private. Applying to universities in the U.S. can be a long and complicated process, especially for advanced degrees. For more information, check out the Education in the U.S. section of this web site. Another excellent resource for prospective students is the office of American-Middle East Education and Training (AMIDEAST), which is located at 15 Rue Jabal El Ayachi, Agdal, Rabat, and which will soon open an office at Dar America in Casablanca. Prospective students can learn about regulations regarding student visas at the Consular Section of this web site. Scholars, professors, and researchers interested in Morocco should consult the Moroccan-American Commission on Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE), which helps to administer the Fulbright Program and other exchanges.
The American Cultural Association is an organization which administers eleven American Language Centers around Morocco. The ALC offers courses in American English at all levels, with excellent American or American-trained teachers. The English as a Second Language section of this web site has more details on the American Language Centers and how to contact them.
Morocco was one of the first countries to accord recognition of the new American republic when it allowed American ships access to Moroccan ports in 1777, shortly after the outbreak of the American Revolution. Less than ten years later, the two countries signed a Treaty of Friendship and Peace which was renewed for an indefinite term in 1836. As testament to the special nature of the U.S.-Moroccan relationship, the Moroccan city of Tangier is home to the oldest U.S. diplomatic property in the world, and the only building on foreign soil that is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the American Legation in Tangier.
Ever since these early days, the U.S. and Morocco have shared a close and abiding relationship across the Atlantic Ocean. Our shared interests include the economic prosperity of both countries, the pursuit of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East region, and the maintenance of regional security and cooperation, and sustainable development and protection for the environment.
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is a resource for Moroccans seeking information on U.S. government, foreign policy, economy, culture, and society. Public Affairs Section has numerous on-line resources to help find information on virtually any aspect of foreign policy, politics, and life in the U.S. Public Affairs Section in Casablanca operates Dar America, a public lending library with American books, magazines, and other resources. It is located at 10 Place Bel Air, Casablanca, and the phone number is (212)(22)-22-14-60. Hours are 9:30 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 18:00, Monday through Friday. There is no equivalent library in Rabat, although Public Affairs Section does manage the Information Resource Center, a specialized research and information office. The IRC is located at 13 Avenue Ahmed Balafrej, Souissi, Rabat and the phone number is (212)(37)-75-81-81. The IRC staff also serve as webmasters of this web site, and can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. Agency for International Development has had an active and effective program in Morocco since 1953. The amount of USAID assistance in Morocco in FY - 2004 was 14.2 million U.S. dollars. USAID's current program (2004-2008) focuses on three development problems: (1) Expanding economic growth and job creation, (2) improving education and training for employment, and (3) increasing government responsiveness to citizen's needs.
The Peace Corps also has a program in Morocco. Morocco was among the first countries to invite the Peace Corps to assist in its development needs, and the first group of volunteers arrived in the country in 1963. The program is still going strong, with over 100 volunteers currently in the country working on projects in health care, education, agriculture, and environment.