IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Moroccan authorities have switched to an online application process for work permits.

What does the change mean? Employers must now submit work permit applications through a new online system called TAECHIR. Hard-copy applications can only made once the e-work permit is generated by the online system. Employers must create login IDs and password in order to submit work permits through the TAECHIR program.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing. The change took effect June 1.
  • Visas/permits affected: All work permits.
  • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals applying for work permits.
  • Impact on processing times: Officials hope TAECHIR will lead to quicker processing times, with the goal of issuing work permits within 10 days from the application date.
  • Business impact: Businesses must create a TAECHIR password and login name. BAL and its network partner in Morocco are available to assist in this process or with submitting applications through the system.

Background: The change to an electronic work permit system was announced in January and took effect in June. In order to submit electronic work permit applications, companies will be required to submit details about their company, the employee they are hiring and information about the work the employee will be doing. The TAECHIR system will then produce three copies of the work permit, which must be printed out, signed, legalized and stamped. The three copies and the required supporting documentation must then be submitted to the Moroccan employment department. If approved, one copy goes to the employer, one to the foreign worker and one is retained by the employment department.

BAL Analysis: While the online work permit system will likely lead to quicker processing times, applications may be unnecessarily delayed if employers are not familiar with the new rules.