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Immigrant Visas
 

On March 22, 2013, USCIS published a new version of the Form I-864 Affidavit of Support and announced that they will no longer be accepting the older version of the form as of June 23, 2013.  

For more information, please click on the hyperlink on the new I-864

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Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued Immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States.  Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee.  The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions:

www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee



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Immigrant Visas - General Information

In general, to be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative(s), U.S. lawful permanent resident, or by a prospective employer, and be the beneficiary of an approved petition filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For petition information visit the USCIS website. Learn about the different processes for the major immigrant categories, which are:

  • Immediate Relative and Family Sponsored 
  • Employer Sponsored 
  • Special Immigrants

Unlike other immigrant types, Diversity Visas (DV) do not require a U.S. sponsor, and therefore a petition is not needed. Please check the following link for information about applying for the Diversity Visa:  www.dvlottery.state.gov.   All entrants may check the status of their entry through the Entry Status Check on the E-DV website:  www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/.

Entry Status Check will be the ONLY means by which lottery winners/selectees will be notified of their selection for DV-2012. Additionally, Entry Status Check will provide you, the successful selectee, instructions on how to proceed with your application and notify you of the date and time of your appointment for immigrant visa interview.

Visa Interviews

After the immigrant petition has been approved (excluding DV applicants) by USCIS, and initially processed for a visa with the Department of State, National Visa Center. Applicants are notified of their interviews at the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca.

Interviews for Immigrant (IV) and Diversity (DV) Visas are by appointment only on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, exclusive of U.S. and Moroccan holidays.  For any inquiries concerning an immigrant or diversity visa, please contact the IV staff at ivcasablanca@state.gov.

After your first interview with a Consular Officer, if you are requested to provide further documents, please bring them to the U.S. Consulate General between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  You can give the required documents to the outside receptionist.

Issued Visas:

In general, issued Immigrant and Diversity Visas may be picked up at the sidewalk window three business days after the interview at 3:00 p.m.  However, sometimes additional processing is required, which will delay visa issuance. The Consulate strongly recommends that you do not make final travel plans until the visa is printed and handed over to you. 

Visas are not issued on the day of interview.

Security Procedures and Prohibited Items

You will pass through several security checks.  To speed up the process, we encourage you to limit the amount of jewelry and metal items you bring with you.

The following items are prohibited, and trying to enter the Consulate with one of them may result in the loss of your appointment:

  • Electronic items including cell phones, cameras, audio and video players, laptops, pagers, MP3 players, and portable gaming devices are not authorized inside the U.S. Consulate however the Consulate will provide cubbies to store electronic devices.  If you choose to leave electronic devices at the front entrance the U.S. Consulate is not liable for lost items.
  • Weapons, items that may be confused for weapons, and replicas of weapons including firearms, knives, pepper spray, explosives, metal razors, nail clippers, and scissors. 
  • Lighters or other accelerants
  • Large bags only bags that can be carried by hand will be permitted
  • Liquids and food items including perfumes, gels and aerosols
  • Sealed envelopes or packages

This list is not exhaustive. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff.  There is no facility at the Consulate to store prohibited items. You must make arrangements to store these items before entering.

DV Lottery

  • DV Lottery

French Translation

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Questions?

  • Please email IVCasablanca@state.gov

  • Due to work volume, phone inquiries to our staff in Casablanca will be accepted Tuesday and Thursday between 2 pm - 4 pm at  0522-26-45-50. Staff in Casablanca can speak with you in English, French, or Arabic. If you are calling from the United States, please dial +212-522-26-45-50.

    (Ramadan Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 1pm)

DV Fraud Warning

  • U.S. Embassy Cautions Against Diversity Visa Scams
    U.S. Embassy Cautions Against Diversity Visa Scams

    The U.S. Mission in Morocco reminds Moroccan citizens and residents to use caution when working with private entities to apply for visas to the United States, as reports of fraudulent e-mails, websites, and print advertisements offering visa services are on the rise.  Full Message »