Information on how to file a petition with USCIS for a relative, fiancé(e), or employee to immigrate to the United States can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/. For information on how to file a petition directly with Consulate Casablanca, see here.
- The Department of State acknowledges the International Civil Aviation Authority Organization (ICAO) deadline, requiring all travelers have a machine readable passport by November 24, 2015. Please note that under U.S. law a machine readable passport is NOT required for visa issuing purposes. So long as an applicant presents a valid passport, a visa can be placed in it.
Effective August 3, 2015, successful Immigrant Visa applicants must register their passport information at www.ustraveldocs.com/ma immediately following their interview at the Consulate. Applicants must select an Aramex office location in either Casablanca or Rabat for convenient pick up of their travel documents during regular business hours. Travel documents will normally be available at Aramex one week after the consular officer has approved the visa.
- Consulate Casablanca is a designated processing post for Libyan immigrant visa applicants. If you are experiencing delays in getting to Morocco in time for your appointment, please send us an email at email@example.com and we will hold your case until you can send us a firm arrival date. If you are unable to get to Morocco, you can contact Embassy Amman at firstname.lastname@example.org and explain why you would like them to take your case; Amman is also a designated processing post for Libyan applicants.
- USCIS has renewed our blanket authorization to consider a clearly approvable Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for Libyan and Syrian nationals where the petitioner is living outside the United States and cannot get to a USCIS field office. This authorization is valid through July 31st, 2016. See Filing a Local Petition for a Libyan or Syrian National.
- To file a petition locally for any other national (including Moroccans), first contact us at email@example.com, and explain your reasons why you want to file locally instead of with the USCIS lockbox or with a USCIS field office. We will evaluate your request and if we agree, we will forward it to USCIS Rome for their consideration. Decisions by the Consulate and by USCIS Rome are final. See Filing a Local Petition for more information.
- Effective November 12, 2014, it is no longer necessary to send original documents such as birth and marriage certificates to NVC. A photocopy is acceptable, along with translation if the document is not in English. When you come for the interview, always bring the original documents with you. You must continue to send the original Affidavit of Support to NVC.
- Effective September 12, 2014, some fees for processing immigrant visas and other consular services have changed. Please see this List of Consular Fee Changes, which includes an increase in the fiancé (K) visa fee. Diversity Visa fees have not changed.
- USCIS now requires all Affidavits of Support to use the new I-864 from for immediate relative and family visas.
- Almost all individuals issued Immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Returning residents, adoptees, and fiancés are among the few exceptions. See www.uscis.gov/immigrantfee.
- Same-sex couples whose marriage is legally recognized by the jurisdiction in which in which the ceremony was performed are treated identically to opposite-sex couples for immigration visa purposes. However, we do not currently recognize civil unions or domestic partnerships. You can find more information here.
- Only the applicant(s) will be admitted to the waiting room for interviews; petitioners and other persons may not accompany them. Exceptions will be made for persons with special needs and for minor children.
About the Immigrant Visa
All immigrant visa types have these things in common:
- You must file an application.
- You must have a medical exam.
- You will have to pay a visa interview fee.
- You must have a personal interview at the Consulate.
- You will need to bring certain basic documents to the interview; see the Document Checklist.
- Depending on the visa type, you will need to bring other documents as well; see the individual visa pages.
USING ALTERED, FORGED, OR FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS TO CLAIM AN IMMIGRATION BENEFIT IS A CRIME, AND MAY RESULT IN FINES AND JAIL TIME IN MOROCCO, AS WELL AS A LIFETIME BAN ON ENTRY TO THE UNITED STATES.
Consular officers are authorized to determine eligibility for a visa to the United States. In most cases, the officer will make this decision immediately after the interview. If some document is missing, or an additional document needed, or if your case requires further administrative processing for any reason, the officer will inform you of this at the end of the interview, and give you a paper explaining what is needed. If additional documents are requested, you will have one year (or, for Diversity Visas, until the end of the program on September 30th) to provide the missing documents. If your case needs Admin Review, we will notify you when the review is complete. We cannot predict how long such a review will take. If the officer decides to refuse the visa, the officer will discuss this with you at the interview.
If your visa is approved, you can usually pick up your passport and visa one week after approval at the ARAMEX office you selected. However, unexpected events can cause a delay in the processing of your visa. For this reason, the Consulate strongly recommends that you do not make any final commitments such as purchasing tickets or selling property until you actually have the visa in your possession.
The Consulate will not be responsible for any financial or other damage you incur because of delays in processing your visa.
Immigrant Visa Types
- Divesity Visa: You were selected in the current DV lottery.
- Immediate Relative Visa: Your parent, child or spouse is a US citizen and has filed a petition for you, which USCIS has approved.
- Family Visa: Your US citizen or LPR relative has filed a petition for you, USCIS has approved it, and it is now current.
- Fiance(e) Visa: You are engaged to a US citizen, who has filed a petition for you to come to the United States and get married there, and USCIS has approved the petition.
- Adoption Visa: You are an orphan and an American is adopting you.
- Employee Visa: You are going to work for a US employer who has filed a petition for you, and USCIS has approved the petition, which is now current.
- Returning Resident Visa: If you have already immigrated to the United States and you are a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), but you have stayed outside the US for more than one year, you will probably have to apply for this visa.
- Special Immigrant Visa: This mainly applies to long-time US government employees and a few other people with a special relationship to the United States. If you think you might belong to this category, you should check the Special Immgration Visa section of the State Department's Immigrate page.
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.
You may not bring electronic devices into the U.S. Consulate. These include cell phones, audio and video players, laptops, pagers, MP3 players and portable gaming devices. The U.S. Consulate provides cubbies at the front entrance for the storage of electronic devices. The U.S. Consulate will not be responsible for lost items.
The following items are prohibited, and trying to enter the U.S. Consulate with any of them may result in the loss of your appointment:
- Weapons, including 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 (small bags that can be carried by hand are permitted).
- Liquids and food items, including perfumes, gels and aerosols.
- Sealed envelopes or packages.
These lists are not exhaustive. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff. There is no facility at the U.S. Consulate to store prohibited items. You must make arrangements to store these items before entering.
Please email IVCasablanca@state.gov
DV Fraud Warning
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.