Sebta imposes a visa on Moroccan workers

The government delegation of Sebta has defined the conditions for obtaining the cross-border visa legally recognized by the executive of the enclave by the end of May. Melilla strongly shaken by an earthquake (5.3°) today should not be outdone and should align itself with the same process.

For the time being, only cross-border workers in possession of a registered work permit or awaiting registration with social security and without a TIE (identity document or “tarjeta” for foreigners) will be able to apply there. To do this, those registered on the lists provided by the immigration service of the occupied presidents must request an appointment at the consulates of Tetouan and possibly Melilla at a given time at midday (between 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.) from Monday, May 23, 2022 (40 appointments/day) before showing up the next day, Tuesday, with the requested documentation (passport, authorization or extension of work, photos, etc.) to obtain the sesame. But, for all that, other steps remain to be taken before treading the ground of the presides.

The visa above all is at a cost which amounts to 826 dirhams. In addition, it is indicated that once obtained, interested parties must make an appointment at the Sebta immigration office to subscribe to a TIE. As announced by the Spanish Executive, the opening of the borders is done in a “gradual and orderly” manner. After the barriers opened (May 17) to citizens of the European Union and their vehicles (two-way traffic) as well as Moroccans residing in the EU or holding a Schengen visa, they now open for another category of citizens, cross-border workers, from the 1er June with well-defined visa conditions for their entry.

If for the latter, the visa and achieving one’s goals is a real obstacle course for the government delegation of the Sebta government, it is only “a simple, flexible and rapid procedure which will allow cross-border people with permits granted, but without TIE, to access Sebta via a visa with limited territorial validity. The delegation assures that it will soon report on this procedure to professionals and civil society in order to remove any ambiguity with a view to opening the barriers to cross-border workers from June 1. Indeed, from this date of the second phase, it will be necessary to access the enclaves occupied for the daily transit from one side to the other, to have from now on the identity card of foreigners (TIE) for “Tarjeta de Identidad de Extrangeros” of an enclave-specific visa with valid passport are the key points for the daily transit from one side to the other and to be “legally recognized”.

According to certain sources from the Spanish Interior Ministry, this would only concern a group of around 200 people in all and for all. However, the census carried out before the arrival of the Covid Lady revealed that more than 2,000 Moroccans – mostly women who dedicated their daily visit to household work – were employed in the occupied presides.


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