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Nonimmigrant Visas

Non-Immigrant Visas

All Moroccan citizens need a visa to enter the United States. If you are a dual national and/or hold a passport from a “visa waiver” country and coming to the US for business or tourism, you may be eligible for the visa waiver program; see the visa waiver program for a list of countries eligible for the visa waiver program and the specific requirements for entering the U.S. 

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.

General Information

 Non-immigrant visas are available in many categories, including:

  • Business
  • Tourism
  • Study, either in a degree program or on exchange
  • Work

See the links on the left of this page for more information about these types of visas.

 The Visa Application Process

  • Visit the website and select MOROCCO. You will be guided through the process of filling out the application form (DS-160) online, paying the fee, and scheduling an appointment at the Consulate. See [How to Apply for more details.
  • Come to Consulate Casablanca on the day of the appointment. Be sure to bring with you:
    • Your current passport;
    • A printout of the CEAC confirmation page;
    • Your previous passport, particularly if it contains a previous visa to the United States;
    • Any documents required for your visa class (see the links to pages on the left);
    • A printout of your appointment confirmation;
    • A recent photo of yourself, 5cm/5cm;
    • The visa application fee receipt;
    • Any other documentation you think may be useful to demonstrate that you qualify for the class of visa you are seeking.
  • When you arrive at the Consulate, you will be directed to the Consular Greeter.  The Greeter will verify your appointment and perform a quick of your documents.  The Greeter will then direct you to the Consular Windows at the front of the Consulate.
  • When you come to the window at the front of the Consulate, hand in your current passport and the appointment notice; the staff member may also ask you for some specific documents.  You will then be directed to a waiting line to pass through security.
  • Once inside the Consular Waiting Room, a consular officer or staff member will call you by name to come to a window in order to take your fingerprints. After your fingerprints are taken, you will be asked to return to your seat in the waiting room.
  • A consular officer will then call you to a window for the interview. Interviews are conducted in English, French, and Arabic (including Darija), and also Tashelhit and Tarifit. Visa applicants will be called in the order in which they arrived at the Consulate,. You must answer all questions fully and honestly.  Should you intentionally provide false information during the interview, your application will be refused.  Please see the below fraud alert. 

********* FRAUD ALERT *********

Attempting to deceive a consular officer in order to obtain a visa is a serious offense and may result in your being banned from traveling to the United States. Offering a forged, fraudulent or altered document in support of a visa application is a crime under Moroccan law and may result in your being arrested by the Moroccan authorities in addition to being placed under a lifetime ban.

  • At the end of the interview, the consular officer will inform you if your application has been approved or denied; if denied, the officer will hand you a letter of explanation in your language. Decisions of the consular officers are final and are not subject to appeal.
  • On occasion, the consular officer may determine that more information or documentation is needed, and will hand you a letter explaining what you need to provide, along with your passport. If your application requires further administrative processing, you will be contacted when this processing is completed, which can take anywhere from a few days to several months.

If your visa is approved, it normally takes one week for the passport and visa to be processed and sent to the ARAMEX office which you designated for pickup. 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 plans such as purchasing tickets until you actually have the visa in your possession.

If you need your passport for immediate other travel and cannot wait one week after the interview, please inform the consular officer at the start of the interview.  If your visa is approved, we will suspend the processing of the visa, until you can provide us with your passport.

Other Notes

Once your visa is issued, it is valid until it expires, even if the passport containing the visa has expired, as long as it has not been cancelled, annulled, or damaged in any way. You will need to bring both your old and new passport with you whenever you travel to the United States.

For applicants under 14, one parent must come to the interview. However, the applicant does not have to come. Applicants under 14 are not fingerprinted. If the visa is approved, it will be for a maximum of 5 years.

Holders of diplomatic and official passports traveling on official business do not have to be interviewed. If you have a diplomatic passport and are traveling for personal business or tourism, you will need to come for an interview, but can utilize our diplomatic window in lieu of scheduling an appointment. See Hours of Operation for diplomatic window days and times. 

For questions about the application process, including cancelling or rescheduling an appointment, requesting an expedited or emergency appointment, or adding a family member to an appointment, contact the Call Center:

In Morocco: 0892-09-9999

From the US: 1-703-520-2245


Web Page:


Call Center hours are Monday through Sunday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, except on US and Moroccan holidays.

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.


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