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kazziebabe
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12/29/2010 06:14    
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My name is Karen and my fiancee and I want to start planning our wedding but we have no idea where to start with the whole process.I live in the uk and he lives in Casa Morocco.I know I will have to get married there as he cant get a visa to come to marry me over in the uk.Has anyone got any advice.Thanks.

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12/29/2010 14:27    
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There are many things you can do. 1. Go to the library. Read about Getting Married in Morocco2. Talk to Moroccan men & women who live in UK2a. Talk to other UK's who are married to Moroccans3. Google search Morocco Marriage4. YouTube search videos on Marriage in Morocco5. Go to Morocco Embassy in UK in person or online6. Visit a local Mosque. Ask about marriage & life in the religion of Islam7. Visit Morocco 4 or 5 times before marriage. Learn about life in Morocco. Meet face to face your future husband. Get to know him & his family before marriage. Proceed slowly & with caution8. Proceed slowly & with caution

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12/30/2010 18:26    
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This is what I needed as an American citizen marrying a Moroccan not sure what u would need from the UK.This can be a very lengthy process..planning the party....that's the easy part.

Marriages cannot be performed at U.S. Embassies or Consulates, nor do U.S. diplomatic personnel have the authority to preside over marriages. A Moroccan marriage is recognized in the U.S.; you do not need to register your marriage at the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca.

The length of time needed to marry in Morocco varies. A non-Muslim man who wishes to marry a Muslim woman may anticipate one to three months to complete the process, including the time needed to convert to Islam. In general, the process is less complicated for a Muslim man who wishes to marry a non-Muslim woman.

Documents a U.S. Citizen Needs to Marry in Morocco

Note: These are Moroccan Government requirements, thus all documents not in Arabic must be translated into Arabic.

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A valid U.S. passport and copies of the biographic page and the page containing your date of entry to Morocco.
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A completed Affidavit of Nationality and Eligibility to Marry. This document may be obtained at the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca during our public hours. There is a USD $100 fee for a Consular Officer to notarize this affidavit and the copy of your passport. The document is in English and you will need to have it translated. This document is the only reason you will need to visit the U.S. Consulate General in relation to getting married in Morocco.
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If divorced, proof of dissolution of any previous marriage(s). Provide original or certified copies of these documents.
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If former spouse is deceased, his or her death certificate. Provide original or certified copies of these documents.
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A birth certificate. Provide an original or certified copy of this document.
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An American police record must be obtained from a police department in the state where you last resided or from the FBI at: http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/fprequest.html
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If resident in Morocco, a valid residency card.
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If resident in Morocco, obtain a Moroccan police record from the Ministry of Justice in Rabat (Office of Penal Affairs and Pardons). (For U.S. citizens resident in Morocco, you will need both an American and Moroccan police record.)
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If male, a notarized statement of religious denomination or a certified copy of a
conversion document to Islam. (Conversion documents are obtained from and notarized by adouls, or religious/court notarials, at the Ministry of Justice in Rabat). Women do not need this document.
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A medical certificate of good health from a doctor in Morocco. This document must be obtained in Morocco.
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Four (4) recent passport photos (3cm x 4cm, please note this is the same size required for a Moroccan passport)
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The fee for submitting an application for marriage to an adoul is 150 Moroccan Dirhams.


Important note about document requirements: This list is not exhaustive. Moroccan authorities may ask for additional information or other documents proving evidence of employment or a source of income.

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12/30/2010 18:26    
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This is what I needed as an American citizen marrying a Moroccan not sure what u would need from the UK.This can be a very lengthy process..planning the party....that's the easy part.

Marriages cannot be performed at U.S. Embassies or Consulates, nor do U.S. diplomatic personnel have the authority to preside over marriages. A Moroccan marriage is recognized in the U.S.; you do not need to register your marriage at the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca.

The length of time needed to marry in Morocco varies. A non-Muslim man who wishes to marry a Muslim woman may anticipate one to three months to complete the process, including the time needed to convert to Islam. In general, the process is less complicated for a Muslim man who wishes to marry a non-Muslim woman.

Documents a U.S. Citizen Needs to Marry in Morocco

Note: These are Moroccan Government requirements, thus all documents not in Arabic must be translated into Arabic.

*
A valid U.S. passport and copies of the biographic page and the page containing your date of entry to Morocco.
*
A completed Affidavit of Nationality and Eligibility to Marry. This document may be obtained at the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca during our public hours. There is a USD $100 fee for a Consular Officer to notarize this affidavit and the copy of your passport. The document is in English and you will need to have it translated. This document is the only reason you will need to visit the U.S. Consulate General in relation to getting married in Morocco.
*
If divorced, proof of dissolution of any previous marriage(s). Provide original or certified copies of these documents.
*
If former spouse is deceased, his or her death certificate. Provide original or certified copies of these documents.
*
A birth certificate. Provide an original or certified copy of this document.
*
An American police record must be obtained from a police department in the state where you last resided or from the FBI at: http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/fprequest.html
*
If resident in Morocco, a valid residency card.
*
If resident in Morocco, obtain a Moroccan police record from the Ministry of Justice in Rabat (Office of Penal Affairs and Pardons). (For U.S. citizens resident in Morocco, you will need both an American and Moroccan police record.)
*
If male, a notarized statement of religious denomination or a certified copy of a
conversion document to Islam. (Conversion documents are obtained from and notarized by adouls, or religious/court notarials, at the Ministry of Justice in Rabat). Women do not need this document.
*
A medical certificate of good health from a doctor in Morocco. This document must be obtained in Morocco.
*
Four (4) recent passport photos (3cm x 4cm, please note this is the same size required for a Moroccan passport)
*
The fee for submitting an application for marriage to an adoul is 150 Moroccan Dirhams.


Important note about document requirements: This list is not exhaustive. Moroccan authorities may ask for additional information or other documents proving evidence of employment or a source of income.

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2/17/2011 18:58    
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My husband and I were married in Morocco. Be prepared for add'l costs besides what generic outlined - like all the hands that are outsttrecthed. Also be prepared to stay MINIMUM of 3 weeks. You will not finish this process any sooner unless you get lucky. And that requires you to wake up every morning early, get in the car and drive to the city where you need the next document stamped.

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5/13/2011 22:41    
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Peaches,
Thanks for the information. I'm very nervous now. I had two weeks planned and I'm now worried that we won't be able to do this in the amount of time I had planned.

I would like to talk with you to see how things are going in your transition to Moroccian culture. Please send me a note if possible.

Thanks!

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5/22/2011 11:23    
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Hi Karen, Well I can help you if you still need help, I'm a new member over here.
My fiancee is british and i went through that, but we intended to get married in uK. The best and the easiest way to get married is to marry in UK. In Morocco, things are very complicated and procedure wilkl long time than you imagine. So, your fiance can apply for a fiance visa and he will get it if your application is good. The new thing is that he will need to take an english exam and pass it then you can apply for the visa. For more info, you can contact me.

Cheers

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5/22/2011 18:03    
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salam khoya Yassine, please i need your help, i'm mourad from marrakech please i'm with english women ... my msn is : rassagoo@hotmail.fr please khoya try to add me i'm on line now please khoya merci d'avance

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5/25/2011 08:39    
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hi yassine comment ca va?

j'attend vraiment ta reponse khoya, i'm waiting for your answer, if you have a phone number i can phone...

thank you khoya, have a nice day

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12/22/2011 14:18    
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salam everyone
i m new and i m also getting married soon inshallah, my fiance is british and i m going to get married in UK, it s much better than Morocco the procedure is long and expensive, it took us about a year to get everything ready i m applying for a fiancé visa so i can get married there, my inquiry is if i m there should i get married at the morrocan consulate by a Adoul or go to the register office of the city where i m going to live?
If someone did it plz let me know i really need ur help

thank u

margiej
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12/23/2011 09:48    
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Hi there I married my husband in october this year in Youssoufia, so, as in Casablanca you`ll have to start your journey at the british embassy in Rabat. It was an unbelievably complex process that took a whole month to complete!! If you`d like to know anything in particular let me know, but you`ll need to get a notary and get a lot of stuff translated...also everything needs so many stamps from different offices...patience is a must!

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2/2/2012 19:06    
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I have much I can share with you regarding this subject. My husband and I went thru the process last year. Please let me know if you still need any advice.

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3/3/2012 10:24    
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i just trnaslate my marriage paper but i dont know if its necessary to take it to the consulate to stamp cause the traslator told me i dont have to just to send it to my wife without stamp it please if someone have information about that to tell me cause i have to start work tuesday in i have just monday to take it if i have

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3/14/2012 16:01    
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I married in 2010 in Youssoufia and we were able to get it all done in 3 weeks and that was during EID. If you are prepared and have everything you need and want to spend a little extra cash, you can do it in 3 weeks or less. I have known some to complete the task in 3 days, but that is rare. I believe the marriage between someone from the UK to a Moroccan is fairly close to the same as an American to Moroccan. I was given a list from someone from the UK and as I recall it was pretty straight forward. Have your fiance take care of all of his papers before you arrive and anything else he can prepare. Try to get an early start and hit Casa, then Rabat in the same day. This will save you time. You are also getting married in Casa that should be of assistance compared to smaller cities.
Best of Luck to you

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3/27/2012 11:20    
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Hi, we are hoping to get married as soon as possible, would love to hear how it works, my fiancee lives in Rabbat and I live in the UK, would be grateful of any advise, many Thanks .

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3/29/2012 18:58    
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Hi There, I would advise all of you to scroll right through all the contributions already posted on this subject. A large piece written by 'Summerlee' gives all the information you should all need

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3/30/2012 20:00    
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Thanx Marrakchimanquee. Scroll to the top and look at my extensive post on how to do it. Please note this was completed in agadir ok. just remember have lots of money availble people....the police will screw you over...unless you know someone in the big game.

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4/5/2012 06:58    
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Out of all the posts I have seen on here this one is 100% right. This is exactly what we did. I being the US citizen and Muslim marrying a muslim moroccan. As others say be wise and proceed with caution. I am one of the lucky we are as happy today as the day we met. I wish you the very best!

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9/5/2012 21:13    
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asslamu alaikom! can you please give me details on ( applying for a fiancé visa in america)how long would it take for me to get the visa and what should we do to make the procedure go as smooth and fast as possible ? btw im morrocan and my fiancé is american

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