Rabat - Moroccan singer, Fatima Zahra Laaroussi, was denied a visa to the United States by U.S. consular services after the Moroccan and Arab community in Florida invited her to attend an artistic event on April 30.
Rabat – Moroccan singer, Fatima Zahra Laaroussi, was denied a visa to the United States by U.S. consular services after the Moroccan and Arab community in Florida invited her to attend an artistic event on April 30.
Consular services in Casablanca refused to grant Fatima Zahra Laaroussi a visa to the U.S., despite being one of the most prominent artists on the Moroccan and Arab artistic scenes.
The Moroccan singer, who has participated in numerous events worldwide, filed her visa application and submitted all the required documents. She also went through the visa interview mandated by U.S. consular services.
As the response took longer than normal, Laaroussi went to the consulate and was shocked to learn that her visa application had been rejected. As a result, she was not entitled to set foot on US soil.
The event Laaroussi was expected to attend was scheduled for April 30, and the organizers had been making preparations for what they expected to be a great turnout. Their preparations were all for naught, however, thanks to the visa rejection.
Although the travel ban on some Muslim countries does not officially apply to Moroccans, and has been blocked by U.S Judges, it has purportedly become more difficult to obtain a visa in Morocco. Consular services in Casablanca have been criticized for making random decisions regarding applications.
Laaroussi reacted to her travel ban stating that she was utterly shocked at the decision.
“I apologize to fans in the U.S. regarding Sunday’s event. This was beyond my control,” she said on her Facebook page.