General Guidelines To Apply For A Non-Immigrant Visa
The U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca schedules visa appointments between 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. on every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, excluding U.S. and Moroccan holidays.
Visa applicants must not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to their appointment times. Visa applicants who arrive more than 30 minutes after their scheduled appointment times will be asked to schedule a new appointment. Visa applicants who arrive without all necessary application components (confirmation page, proper photo, and bank receipt) will be asked to schedule a new appointment.
The U.S. Consulate wishes to remind all visa applicants, as well as U.S. citizens who wish to apply for U.S. passports and/or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, that there is no charge for the forms used to make these applications. They are available free on-line. We strongly discourage the use of potentially abusive “visa-broker” services, which have been known to charge exorbitant amounts for the free service of completing on-line forms and making on-line appointments for consular services.
Approved visas are generally ready two business days after the appointment and can be picked up between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the main reception window at the U.S. Consulate General. However, the U.S. Consulate General does not guarantee that approved visas will be ready within that timeframe. There might be delays in issuances of visas and the Consulate strongly advises applicants to be prepared for possible delays and not to make final travel arrangements until the visa is printed.
Important Notice for Libyan Applicants:
As of April 1, 2013, U.S. Consulate in Casablanca is the designated visa processing post for Libyan applicants
- When applying for a visa at the U.S. Consulate, please present passports not older than 10 years.
- If your visa application is approved, we require two business days for processing so please plan accordingly. There could be other delays in the issuance of a visa, therefore we recommend to apply for a visa up to two months in advance of your trip. Please check out other relevant visa application information available on this website http://morocco.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas.html
- Minors must have their own passports.
- Minors under 14 years of age do not need to appear for the visa interview in Casablanca. However, parents are still required to schedule individual appointments for their children. Parents or legal guardians must also present the family book or birth certificate for verification. Legal documents must be the original version.
- Please be prepared to present your local contact number in Morocco when you arrive for the interview in case we need to contact you urgently.
- Approved B1/B2 visa applicants must pay an additional $10 reciprocity fee, payable at the Consulate’s cashier immediately after the interview.
Other Important Information:
1 - A fee change took effect on April, 13th 2012. For fees that are increasing, receipts for payments made before that date will be accepted through July 12, 2012. In categories where fees are declining, no refunds will be available for those who paid prior to the effective date.
2 - When a passport containing a valid visa expires, the expiration of the passport has no effect on the validity of that visa. If you are applying for a new passport and have a valid visa in your expired passport, please ask the Moroccan government officials not to mark, cut, hole-punch, or otherwise alter the page that contains your U.S. visa. You can travel with your valid, undamaged visa in your expired passport and your new passport. You must bring both passports with you when you travel and both passports must have been issued by the same country and should be both of the same type. For instance, if you have a visa in the old regular passport, the new one must be regular as well.
3 – The U.S. Consulate General advises visa applicants to schedule their appointments as early as possible in order to avoid any unexpected delays, including administrative processing, which can last from one week to 6 months or more.
Know your rights and protection if you have the following visas: A-3, G-5, NATO-7, B-1 domestic employee, H-1B, and J-1.
Learn and Know - Your Rights, Protections, and Resources
For Visa Applicants in A-3, G-5, NATO-7, B-1 domestic employee, H-1B, H-1B1, H-2A, H-2B, and J-1 categories: Before your visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad, it is important that you take the time to carefully read this pamphlet, as you will be required to have read and understood the pamphlet before being issued a U.S. visa in your category. In doing so, you will learn about and understand your rights, protections, as well as resources available to you, if help is needed when you come to the U.S. During your visa interview, the consular officer will make sure you are aware of your legal rights and protections. After reading the pamphlet, keep it handy for quick reference later, as needed.
English: Rights, Protections and Resources Pamphlet
Additional Languages: Pamphlet Translations
The best way to contact us is via email. Please send us your questions at NIVCasablanca@state.gov. Your emails can be sent in English and French.
- If you have a general question and wish to speak to someone in English, you can contact the State Department’s general visa inquiries line in the United States at (001) 202-663-1225 between 8 am and 5 pm Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.
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.