Morocco: New Documentation Requirements May Delay Preparation of Residence Permit Applications
Residence permit applications in Morocco must now be accompanied by original medical and criminal record clearance certificates. The new requirements are likely to add to the time needed to prepare these cases.
Effective immediately, residence permit applicants must submit original medical and criminal clearance certificates, the Moroccan police department has announced. The new requirements mean that residence permit applications could take longer to prepare.
Foreign nationals applying for initial residence permits must submit an original criminal record clearance certificate issued by the relevant agency in the applicant’s home country (translated into French if necessary) and two original medical clearance certificates issued by a doctor in Morocco attesting that the applicant is in good health and fit for work.
Applicants for resident permit renewals must submit two original medical clearance certificates issued by a doctor in Morocco attesting the applicant is in good health and fit for work and an original criminal record clearance certificate issued by the Moroccan Ministry of Justice. The Ministry requires an original birth certificate to issue the criminal record clearance.
Foreign nationals and their employers should take into account the time required to obtain these additional documents when planning to obtain work authorization in Morocco and finalizing start dates.
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