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France Visa Types For Moroccan Citizens

Moroccan citizens who wish to travel to France must obtain a France visa from Morocco if they meet the eligibility requirements.

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    Do Moroccan Citizens Need a Visa To Go To France?

    As a Moroccan citizen or resident, you must meet the criteria and apply for a French visa before travelling to France.

    There are various types of French visas, and the one you need to apply for depends on why you are travelling to France.

    One of the major reasons Moroccan citizens travel to France is tourism. To visit France as a tourist, you must apply for a Schengen visa. With the Schengen visa, you can visit France and any other country within the Schengen region.

    The Schengen visa for France is called a short-stay, tourist or visitor visa. This visa permits you to stay in France for a maximum of 90 days in a 180-day period.

    Apart from the Schengen visa, other visa options are available for Moroccan citizens.

    When applying for a French visa, it is vital to ensure you meet all the financial and eligibility criteria.

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      The Types Of France Visas For Moroccan Citizens

      Here are some of the French visas available for Moroccan citizens:

      • French work visas for work purposes.
      • French family visas for family reunification purposes.
      • French student visa for short and long-term studies.
      • French business visas for business purposes.
      • French Schengen visas for tourism purposes.
      • French retirement visas for Moroccan citizens who want to retire in France.
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      French Work Visas

      Overview

      The France work visa is for Moroccans who wish to work in France. The French work visa has two main categories: the short-stay and the long-stay work visa.

      The short-stay work visa is for Moroccans who have a contract with a French employer for 90 days or less.

      The long-stay work visa is for Moroccans who have a contract with a French employer for more than 90 days or up to 1 year.

      After your France long-stay work visa has been approved, you must validate your visa or apply for a French residence permit within 3 months of entering France.

      Below are the various types of French visas:

      French Visa for Salaried Employees

      Moroccans who want to travel to France for salaried employment must have a work contract from a French employer.

      One of the major visa requirements of this work visa category is that your employer must obtain authorisation from the French DIRECCTE. This rule is only mandatory if the employment lasts more than 90 days.

      If the employment will last for 90 days or less, then your employer will need to send a work contract to you so you can apply for a French work visa from Morocco.

      French Work Visa for Independent Workers and Professionals

      This category is for Moroccans who want to establish independent and professional practice in France. It is for judges, lawyers, financial administrators and insurance agents.

      Other professionals such as architects, doctors and pharmacists must apply for authorisation from the relevant body regulating their professions.

      French Long-stay Sports Visa

      To carry out unpaid sporting activities in France as a Moroccan citizen, you should apply for a Schengen visa. However, if you want to do paid sporting activity, then you should apply for this visa category.

      French International Organisations Visa

      Moroccans on official duty with an international institution will apply for this work visa.

      French Work Visa for Volunteer Work

      Moroccans who want to travel to France for volunteer purposes can apply for this visa.

      You can apply for the short-stay volunteer visa, usually 90 days or less, or the long-stay visa, valid for up to 1 year.

      Moroccans who want this work visa must apply through an association recognised in France as a charity organisation.

      French Internship Visa

      The internship visa is for non-EU nationals who wish to intern in France.

      French Work Visa for Models

      If you are coming to Morocco for the sole purpose of posing for a modelling agency and would be paid in return, then you need to apply for this kind of work visa.

      General Eligibility Criteria

      Below are the documents required to prove eligibility for work visa in France:

      • Valid passport issued no earlier than 10 years. The passport will also be valid for at least 3 months after your visa expires. Your passport must have 2 empty pages where the French Embassy or Consulate will attach your visa sticker.
      • Passport photograph taken no earlier than 3 months.
      • Evidence you have enough money to finance your stay in France. You can present bank statements, work contracts stating your remuneration or a sponsorship letter.
      • Criminal record certificate showing you have not been convicted of any criminal offence.
      • French work visa application form.
      • Receipt of the payment of visa fees.
      • Work contract (authorised by the DIRECCTE if you apply for a long-stay work visa).
      • Proof of legal stay if you are applying from Morocco but are not a citizen of Morocco.
      • Signed parental consent form and copies of their passport if you are coming for an internship in France and are under 18.
      • Note verbale issued by your international institution and approved by the France Ministry of Foreign Affairs (if you are coming to work in a global organisation).

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        France Family Visas

        If you want to visit your family in France briefly, you can apply for the Schengen visa.

        However, if you’re going to settle permanently, you’ll have to apply for a family visa. How you apply and what will be required of you upon application depends on the status of your family member living in France.

        EU Citizen Family Member

        If your family member is an EU citizen (but not French), you can only apply for this visa if you are their:

        • Spouse.
        • Child under 21.
        • Parent.
        • Parent of their spouse.

        For EU nationals studying in France, only their spouses and children can apply for the family visa.

        French Citizen

        If your family member is a French citizen, you can apply for a short or long-stay France family visa to join them. The short-stay family visa permits you to stay for up to 90 days.

        For the long-stay visa, you will be issued a visa valid for 3 months.

        However, you must apply for a residence permit at the prefecture close to your address in France.

        Moroccans eligible for this category of family visas are:

        • The spouse.
        • The child is under 21. The child could be biological, step or adopted.
        • Parents or grandparents of the French national or that of the spouse.
        • Parents of a French citizen under the age of 18.

        Non-EU Nationals

        If your family member in France is a non-EU national, they have to first send in an application to the Direction Territoriale de l’Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration (OFII) close to their address in France. They must prove they have enough regular income to care for the family.

        If the application is approved, the French Embassy or Consulate will contact you and send you a long-stay visa. The visa is valid for 3 months. After you enter France, you will apply for a residence permit at any police station close to your residence.

        General Eligibility Criteria

        To prove you are eligible for the family visa, you have to submit the following documents:

        • Marriage certificate to show you are legally married to a family member in France.
        • Birth certificate to show you are either the descendent or direct dependent older relative of the family member living in France.
        • Moroccan passport to show your nationality.
        • Passport of your family member in France.
        • Visa application form.
        • Adoption certificate if a family member in France adopted you.
        • Proof that you or your family member in France can care for the family in France.
        • Evidence of adequate accommodation in France.
        • Medical insurance for direct dependent older relatives.
        • Evidence you contribute to the education and upkeep of your minor French citizen in France.

        France Student Visas

        Overview

        There are 3 types of student visas you can apply for in France.

        • The Student Visa has 3 different categories. You can obtain a Schengen visa to study a course that will not exceed 3 months. If you’re going to study a course that will not exceed 6 months, you’ll apply for a temporary long-stay student visa. If you intend to study a course exceeding 6 months, you’ll need a long-stay student visa. You must convert this visa to a resident permit upon arrival in France.
        • Young au pair visa is for those aged 18 to 30 who want to live with a French family and learn the French language. You will apply for a long-stay visa, which you have to change to a residence permit when you arrive in France.
        • School-going minor visa is for children below age 18. The parents or guardians are responsible for applying for this visa. You should apply for a short-stay visa if the child will not stay more than 3 months. If the studies exceed 3 months, then the long-stay visa is the right option.

        General Eligibility Criteria

        • Birth certificate to show you are at least 18 years old for the student visa or between 18 and 30 for the young au pair. School-going minors must be below 18.
        • Admission letter from a French institution or an au pair arrangement.
        • Bank statement, sponsorship letter or financial aid showing you have enough money to live in France for your studies.
        • Proof of tuition fee payment, financial aid or sponsorship letter.
        • Rental agreement, hotel bookings or invitation letter showing you have a place to stay in France.
        • Medical Insurance policy certificate valid throughout the EU.
        • Criminal record certificate for students at least 18.
        • Evidence you know the basics of French and have finished secondary school or have a professional qualification for au pair applicants.
        • Student visa application form.
        • Receipt of paying the student visa fees.
        • Signed parental consent form for minors.
        • Moroccan passport, issued no earlier than 10 years, will still be valid 3 months after the visa expires.
        • Recent passport photographs.

        France Business Visas

        Moroccans who want to do business that won’t last for more than 3 months can apply for the Schengen visa. You must prove to the French Embassy or Consulate that you have genuine reasons for visiting France.

        To do this, you have to meet the criteria by submitting:

        • Valid Moroccan passport.
        • Bank statements proving you have enough money for your travel.
        • Invitation letter from your partner or intending partner in France outlining the purpose of the visit and the need for you to be there.
        • Invitation letter from a conference or organisation.
        • Medical insurance policy certificate valid throughout the EU.
        • Criminal record certificate.
        • Evidence you have a place to stay in France.
        • Schengen visa application form.
        • Receipt of the visa fee payment.

        To set up a business in France, you must apply for a multi-year talent passport. This kind of business visa is valid for a maximum of 4 years. You can also travel to France with your spouse and children. They can also work while you are in France.

        Upon entering France, you and your family members must visit the police station nearest to you and get a residence permit.

        Below are the documents you must submit to prove your eligibility criteria:

        • Business plan that shows your intent to start up a business in France.
        • Acquiring a significant part of an existing business in France. You no longer need to show a business plan if you submit evidence of this.
        • Bank account showing you have a minimum of €30,000 to invest in the business.
        • Master’s degree certificate or evidence of 5 years of professional experience in your line of business.
        • Bank statement showing you have enough money to cater for you and your family.
        • Marriage and birth certificates if travelling with your family.
        • Moroccan passport, issued within the last 10 years and valid for 3 months after your visa expires.
        • Recent passport photographs.
        • Medical insurance policy certificate.
        • Criminal record certificate.
        • Visa application form.
        • Receipt of the visa fee payment.

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          All Other French Visas

          The other French visas that Moroccan citizens can apply for are the France retirement visa and the tourist (Schengen) visa.

          Retirement Visa

          France does not have a specific retirement visa. However, you can get the Carte de Sejour for Retirees (residence permit). This permit allows you to stay in France. You can only get the Carte de Sejour for Retirees if you hold a residence permit for 3 consecutive years.

          You can apply for the card at the prefecture near you.

          Below are the documents you must submit to prove your eligibility:

          • Bank statement showing you have enough money to cater for yourself in France.
          • Exclusion from every professional activity.
          • Medical insurance policy certificate.
          • Criminal record certificate.
          • Valid passport issued no earlier than 10 years and valid for at least 3 months after your visa expires.
          • Proof you have accommodation in France.
          • Three recent passport photographs.

          Schengen or Tourist Visa

          This is the visa to apply for if you intend to visit France for any purpose other than a professional one. You are not permitted to work while you’re on this visa.

          Note that you cannot spend more than 90 days on this visa.

          Below are things you can do in France with the Schengen visa:

          • Tourism, vacation and holiday.
          • Visit a family or friend in France.
          • Business conferences or meetings.
          • Religious conferences and seminars.
          • Medical treatment.
          • Study not exceeding 3 months.
          • Unpaid sporting activities.

          To apply for a Schengen visa, you’ll have to submit the following documents to prove your eligibility:

          • Moroccan passport issued no earlier than 10 years and valid for at least 3 months before the expiration of your visa.
          • Evidence of accommodation in France. This could be a rental contract, deed of property purchase, an invitation or sponsorship letter, or hotel booking receipt.
          • Evidence of your travel reason. Here, you can submit a medical report by a French doctor, an invitation letter for a business or conference, or an invitation for a wedding or graduation ceremony.
          • Medical insurance certificate covering up to €30,000 in medical costs.
          • Criminal record certificate.
          • Recent passport photographs.
          • Marriage or birth certificates of the family members you are travelling with.
          • Bank statements showing you have enough money to stay in France.
          • Evidence: you will return to Morocco at the end of your stay.

          How Our Total Law Immigration Lawyers Can Help

          The France visa application process can often be complicated, so our team is available to help break down the process for you. We can help you assess your eligibility, gather your supporting documents, estimate what it would cost to move to France and even make the application on your behalf.

          Our immigration lawyers are experts in French immigration laws; they have helped many Moroccans with their French visa applications. They can help you too. If you want to know more about what we do or want to speak to any of our caseworkers, contact us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or online.

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                    Frequently Asked Questions

                    Moroccan citizens do not need a France transit visa. You can stay in France’s international zone while waiting for your connecting flights, even if it is outside the French overseas territories or the Schengen area.

                    You do not need a visa to enter France if you hold a passport from an EU country. Since France is part of the EU, passport holders from other EU countries get visa-free access to France.

                    You don’t need to speak French to apply for a visa to France. However, it is necessary to learn the language basics to blend with the residents, especially if you will be staying for a long time.