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Immigration support for hiring expats in Morocco via a PEO

If your business objectives are related to hiring expatriate personnel in Morocco, there are some things you need to consider. Among them are:

  1. the peculiarities of immigration procedure in the country
  2. documents required to get a work permit
  3. in-country employment and payroll for foreign citizens after visa has been issued.

Given the fact that expats are often sent abroad for short-term projects, many companies often opt for no entity hiring. This means companies look for simpler, more cost-effective options versus onboarding and paying expats through their own local subsidiaries

For companies hiring and paying expats overseas and particularly in Morocco, a global PEO with work permit support as part of the service might be a viable alternative to incorporation in the country. A PEO service company will walk you and your expats through every step of immigration procedure in Morocco. After the work permit or visa have been received, a PEO provider would officially onboard and payroll your expats in a foreign country on your behalf.

Acumen International has been hiring and payrolling our clients’ expatriates in Morocco both short- and long-term. If you need to legally hire and pay the expatriates in Morocco, we can help you. Regardless of business objectives and timelines, Acumen International can arrange end-to-end work permit support for hiring your expats in full legal compliance with local labor legislation after the permit documents have been issued.

Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution is designed for:

  1. employer companies like yourself that want to relocate the selected expats to Morocco
  2. individuals that have an employer that is ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country
  3. the service is mainly used by companies hiring highly skilled personnel that they send abroad to fill some top positions in Morocco.

Note: Having a single provider that would sponsor a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs expats in Morocco, minimizes risks of visa rejection. In addition, it takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, Acumen International can provide extra benefits in addition to work permit received for further employment of expats in Morocco. This includes medical insurance, housing, office rent, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, etc.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Morocco takes from 3 to 7 months until entry to Morocco, and a further 5 to 6 months before the whole process is completed.

Major steps to get a work permit in Morocco

  1. ANAPEC application
  2. Work Authorisation Application
  3. Work Visa Application
  4. Entry to Morocco
  5. Immigration Medical
  6. Residence Permit (Titre de Séjour) Application

Documents for work permit in Morocco, main applicant

Name Notes Copies
Copy of Passport Information Page One clear copy
Certified copies of highest educational certificates One clear and certified copy
Passport valid for six months minimum With at least 2 blank, adjoining visa pages One original
Certified copies of employer reference letters Two clear and certified copies
Educational Certificate Highest educational certificate, accompanied by a certified translation into French or Arabic. May require legalization depending on country of issuance – please check with a listed supplier. One certified and translated copy; one original
Copy of passport valid for 6 months minimum Copy of biodata and signature pages only. One clear copy
2 Passport Photographs Recent, identical, 3cm x 4cm, against a light background, face forward, eyes open, mouth closed. Two originals
Application Form One copy; one clear copy; one original
Visa fees To be paid in cash or postal order and currently around 24 GBP for a 90-day double entry visa. One original
Birth Certificate Required for all applicants, issued within 90 days of the residence permit application and accompanied by translation into French or Arabic if applicable. One certified and translated copy; one original
Employer Reference Letters Letters attesting which prior companies the applicant has worked for with basic details as to the position, responsibilities and starting/end dates of work. Translated into French or Arabic if applicable. One certified and translated copy; one original
Lease Agreement A local lease agreement (in French or Arabic), which should be valid for at least six months from the date of residence permit application. An amendment addendum with the date can be included. One original
8 Passport Photographs Recent, identical, 3cm x 3cm, in color, against a light background, face forward, eyes open, mouth closed. Eight originals
Certified copies of lease agreement Two certified copies of the signed Moroccan lease agreement, which should not have an expiration date and should be valid for at least six months from the date of residence permit application. An amendment addendum with these details can be included. Two clear and certified copies
Police Clearance Certificate Original police clearance certificate issued in country of residence. Translated into French or Arabic if applicable. One certified and translated copy; one original
Moroccan Medical Certificates An original medical certificate issued by a doctor in Morocco. One original
Residence Permit Payment 100DHS to be paid in cash to the authorities. One original
Certified copies of birth certificate Two town hall certified copies of the unabridged certificate for each applicant. Two clear and certified copies

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Morocco without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Morocco.

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