France will implement new changes to the Schengen visa application procedure December 1, 2018.
Rabat – Moroccan visa applicants will no longer be able to use the TLS Call Center during their visa application process.
Instead, applicants must create an account on the website France-Visas. They will then be redirected to complete an online visa application through the TLScontact form. The change is in part due to high call volumes and efforts to ease the application process. The final step in the process is to create a visa appointment through the online portal.
Visa applications filed in Morocco can only be processed by French consulates in Casablanca, Tangier, Rabat, Fez, Oujda, Marrakech, and Agadir.
According to the TLScontact website, visa applications filed before December 1, 2018, will follow the current procedure detailed on the site.
The changes are in accordance with the newly launched French national strategy, “Welcome to France,” which French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe launched Monday.
La stratégie #BienvenueEnFrance, c’est :
➜ Augmenter le nombre d’étudiants étrangers accueillis dans nos écoles et nos universités.
➜ Faire financer les bourses des moins fortunés et des plus méritants en faisant payer les étudiants étrangers qui en ont les moyens. pic.twitter.com/slLlmdgZwo
— Edouard Philippe (@EPhilippePM) November 19, 2018
The strategy aims to attract international students to study in French schools and universities. According to Prime Minister Philippe, the goal is to attract 500,000 students by 2027.
France is a popular travel destination for Moroccans, according to Jevoyage.ma, due to “the advantage of accessibility, with frequent flights, in both regular and low-cost flights, which explain their success.” France is the fourth most common travel destination for Moroccans, with over 1 million North Africans visiting France annually.