It seems that the Spanish neighbor is about to make a number of amendments to his system of visa applications for Moroccans, because of the increasing demand for a Schengen visa at the consulates of Spain in the Kingdom; the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Josep Borrell, that “this year, we will receive 250 thousand visa applications, an annual increase of 10%.
The Spanish government official admitted in talks with his Moroccan counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Borita, that “the Spanish consular system is under pressure because of the high number of visa applications to the European Schengen region.” And the new appointment request system to reduce waiting times. “We apologize to the Moroccan citizens for the long waiting period,” he said.
The head of Spanish diplomacy, who met with his country’s consul in Morocco to discuss ways of finding a solution to the delay, stressed that the interests of the Spanish consulates in the Kingdom will do their utmost to overcome this situation.
Some 500,000 Moroccans apply annually for a Schengen visa to enter an EU country, and Morocco has the lowest visa rejection rates in the region, according to figures previously issued by the EU’s Immigration and Home Affairs Directorate.
Morocco is the third country in the world to receive Spanish visas during 2018, after Russia and China. With the exception of public holidays and weekends, Spanish consulates in Morocco were granted an average of 1,000 visas per day.
But all these indicators will be subject to the logic of Moroccan authorities’ cooperation with the EU on illegal immigration, which will make the country face a new approach linking Schengen visas to cooperation in the face of illegal immigration.
The EU is currently updating the Schengen visa requirements to improve passenger conditions, strengthen mechanisms to meet the challenges posed by irregular migration, and approve a continuous review of visa fees.
According to the Council of Europe, ambassadors of countries in the European Union may agree to introduce amendments to the visa law that will speed up the pace for regular travelers, as well as the possibility of applying for six months or 15 days before travel.
The proposed new amendments also include the possibility of signing the visa application electronically, not to mention the adoption of a multi-entry visa approach that allows regular travelers who meet the required conditions to gradually take advantage of a validity period of one to five years.