There is a very little information on how to obtain a carte sejour in Morocco (residency permit) and as a matter of fact I have found only 2 websites with information. Thank you Amanda (married) and Monika (business owner) for your help. I am adding my voice and experience to this because it has honestly been crazy trying to find information and in the end it was remarkably simple.
So – overall I am shooting for a carte sejour, (without employment). Every carte sejour has at least one circumstance. You apply as an employee, a business owner, a married person, a retiree, a student and so on. I am going for it without employment, marriage or a business. I may get blocked, or not. But this is the path I am starting down. Join me won’t you, and let’s see how far I get.
So – here is the list I have been able to cobble together from various bits on the Internet of things I may or may not need to accomplish my endgame.
- somewhere between 8 and 10 passport photos – easy enough so I’ll get a bunch and hope I don’t look as angry as I do in my actual passport.
- 2 legalized (no definition – I will assume notarized for the meantime) copies of my passport and entry stamp.
- a doctors certificate or “certificat medical d’aptitude – apparently easy to get. I have a doctor’s number and will make an appointment in due time.
- 3 forms from the local po-po. I have been to the Police station in question, and I have seen the door to enter and the room in which I will wait for these 3 unnamed forms. (The day we went the person who hands them out was at lunch and since the process was murky at that time, I have yet to go back.)
- a stamped copy of my rental contract – got it.
- an “attestation bancaire” – this is a stamped statement from my bank showing how much money I have in the bank. No one knows what the magic number is so I am slowly importing cash, but not too much because I can’t get it back out, to my Moroccan bank.
- I need a criminal background check – or “Casier Judicaire” (spellcheck broke my head trying to get THAT statement typed).
- I may or may not need an Arabic translation of my birth certificate – not sure. Stand by.
- I may or may not need a French translation of my CV. Stand by.
So – since I am starting this process with the things I have, (most of the above in some form) the two big things I need are the criminal check and the doctors note.
This is how you get a criminal background check if you are in Morocco as a resident of another country as of March, 2016.
- Go to this website –http://www.justice.gov.ma/ (Settle down – yes, it is in Arabic. We will work through this together.)
- Click the 3rd icon down on the right side of the page. Its an icon of a mouse and a form. There are two the same. Click the top one.
- On the page that you arrive at, ask Google Chrome to translate the page. But only for this one step.
- Go to the upper left most spot on the site and choose ENGLISH on the website. OR just go to this link right away http://casierjudiciaire.justice.gov.ma/Accueil.aspx?culture=en-US
- You HAVE to be in English from the website – you CAN NOT use English as translated by Google Chrome for the form fill.
- DO NOT get distracted looking for information, instructions, or anything useful. Stay here. Stick with me. I will help you.
- Have an image of your passport main page ready on your computer for upload. I took a picture of mine with my iPhone. Its 2016. Don’t sweat the format.
- Check the terms and conditions box, check the place where you were “grown” as “abroad”. (That was the Google Chrome translation, not kidding)
- On the next steps page, fill in the information. All you need is your basic information and passport number. Nothing crazy here. Just fill it in, mom and dads’ name, DOB, passport number, nationality. You can’t get through an airport with less.
- OK – click next step. Choose the file name of the image of your passport, and upload it.
- Next step. Choose where you want to pick up the document.
- THIS STEP IS ENLIGHTENING – until this very moment I was convinced I had to go to Rabat to get it. That would mean traveling 4 hours by train there, getting it, 4 hours back. Not so Jeronimo – I can get it from a location 2 blocks from my home in Marrakech.
- Choose from the drop down box, “Court of First Instance…your city”. The address will be revealed to you later. Its Morocco, don’t sweat the details.
- Click send, done, vamonos – just be happy you are done.
Now – you will get a confirmation number screen. I took a photo of that with my phone so I am sure to have it with me when I go to place. (I know – embrace the technology)
THEN – you will also get a confirmation email containing your ID number and the date you submitted your request. There are two links in the email.
Link 1 – you can go to this link “to track the fate of your request”. I know – hilarious.
Link 2 – long. and lat. coordinates leading you directly to the Court of First Instance with your document so you can find it for pick up.
When? When will it be there? No indication. I guess I just have to keep checking my fate.
No need to go to Rabat.
Stay tune for more as this process continues. The only purpose in getting a carte sejour by the way is so that I have ID when I interact with the police at checkpoints, and also because I have a Canadian Passport, a Moroccan number and an address in both countries. It just keeps things neat. It also means I don’t have to leave the country every 90 days to get a new tourist visa and I am just more legal. And I want to do business here and maybe buy things, like a car, so I need to be legal. Legal is good.