For a few months or some years, immigration to Morocco is an enriching experience to live, both at the human and professional levels. The natural framework soothes the heart, and the business framework soothes the soul.
Working in Morocco
Working in Morocco entails certain steps and formalities for the employer and the employee. Entry into the Moroccan territory is subject, generally, to the submission of an entry visa or any other validity document, recognized by the Moroccan State as a travel document. The travel documents of foreign nationals whose countries are subject to visa formality need to have due visas to accede to Morocco, delivered by the Moroccan authorities.
Visas are delivered to foreigners subject to this formality, after paying the fees, upon the presentation of the following documents:
Stage 1: Entry into the Moroccan territory
Stage 2: Working Contract
To obtain a work contract, the employer has to ask the ministry of employment for the authorization to hire a foreigner and register the contract established according to the typical model provided by the ministry of employment. The work contract must be certified by the service in charge migrants' employment belonging to the Department of employment in the Moroccan Ministry of Employment.
For the first application, the permission to work in is generally for a duration of one year. It can be then renewed for a duration of one or two years at the request of the employer. Any modification brought to the object of the contract must be necessarily indicated to the competent services in the Ministry of employment (working conditions, contract duration etc.)
For more information contact:
Ministry of Employment, Department of Employment – Migrants' Employment Service.
After making a choice whether to stay in a modern apartment in downtown, villa with sea view or traditional house in the medina, there are some administrative procedures to perform required for the tranquility of your stay.
Importing Your Personal Belongings:
Personal belongings and furniture are exempt from import duty if they were acquired more than 6 months before admission to Morocco. House moving shall be conducted within a maximum of six months following the arrival of the expatriate.
The money received from abroad should pass through an account in convertible dirham which ensures convertibility regime for foreign investors. This account allows investment operations in Morocco and guarantees the transfer of proceeds of the investment as well as the repatriation of the proceeds and the gain of a possible resale.
It is recommended to open the account in convertible dirham upon arrival in Morocco in order to rapidly have the sums needed for notarial transactions. It is possible to feed a Moroccan account from abroad by SWIFT.
See also the website of the Foreign Exchange Office:
Morocco attaches utmost importance to the education system as a development means of human minds and qualities. The focus is on improving the quality of education, equal access opportunities between the two sexes and higher level of education. The goal is to provide an education that builds a modern, open and democratic society.
Foreign education in Morocco
Foreign education is present in Morocco through cultural cooperation agreements signed with countries like France, Spain, the United States of America, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. It includes a network of educational institutions installed in the main cities of Morocco.
Institutions of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE)
The network of French schools in Morocco, depending on the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) and the Secular Mission (OSUI) encompasses 12 schools, 4 school groups (school-secondary school), 2 secondary schools, 5 high schools for AEFE and 5 self-financing institutions for OSUI. Schools are located in the major cities of Morocco: Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Fez, Meknes, Marrakech, Agadir, Kenitra, Mohammedia and Al Jadida.
In total, more than 21,000 students and 1,300 teachers belong to the network.
In addition to schools, many cultural centers depending to different countries are also installed in Morocco’s main cities. These institutions offer language courses, cultural activities in fields related to education, academic research, culture and art activities.
The cultural and artistic heritage of the country is incredibly rich and recognized far beyond its borders. The fruit of ancestors’ know-how and carefully preserved traditions throughout centuries, Morocco’s arts and crafts constitute the privileged language of its history. Constant and particular attention has therefore been paid to the conservation of this heritage, to its continuity and the develiopment of the artistic talents.
Moroccois a land of tradition where a century-old cooking art reigns, the heritage of a mix of Phoenician-Berber-Arab-Moslem influenced cultures. The Berbers passed on to a sense of simple and rustic dishes, whereas the Arabs brought the refinement of the East and the flavor of distant spices. It inherited From Syria’s Umayyads pastries with honey, almonds and orange blossoms, From Andalusians the taste of dishes combining sweet and salty ingredients, as in the famous “Pastilla”. Finally, mint tea, the national drink par excellence, is a tradition which goes back to the XVIIIth century when the cargoes of British tea arrived in the Moroccan ports.
Being one of the first countries in the world to witness the birth of a very varied stone industry, Morocco, thanks to its past, millennium traditions and the diversity of its population and culture, has been able forge this wealth and shape it in extremely diversified craft products. Leather and carpets (weaved or knotted), traditional costumes, jewels, pottery, ceramic, engraved wood, chiseled Zellige, sculptured plaster, wrought iron and copper work all bear testimony to the cultural wealth of the kingdom’s different regions.
Morocco is a sun and leisure country. The country abounds in tourist potentials, which makes visitors practice their leisure activities in the most agreeable conditions. It is an admirable country, both by its beauty and the varied leisure activities it offers.
With about 3500 kilometers of Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, as well as its exceptional sunshine all year round and the variety of its bathing waters, Morocco has naturally developed an important bathing offer.
The imperial cities are obviously inescapable for those who want to know the landmarks of the Moroccan history (Fes, Meknès, Marrakesh and Rabat). In the North of the country, one can follow the tracks of the mystic Soufis through Zaouias (a small white building with a dome used as a grave of a saint) and, why not, learn about this particular philosophy which combines meditation and religion.
Celebrations and festivals
In Morocco, every region has its own festivals and Moussems. The most famous ones are the Festival of Sacred Music in Fes, the Gnaoua Festival in Essaouira, the Jazz festival in Tangier and the