The French Embassy in Morocco declares that visa fees are non-refundable

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The French Embassy in Morocco said in response to the country’s National Federation of Consumer Rights (FMDC) request to reimburse applicants whose visas have been rejected that visa fees are non-refundable.

In a letter addressed to the president of the FMDC, the French embassy underlined that the regulations applied by France specify that the visa fees are not refundable in the event of refusal of the application. Furthermore, he pointed out that all applicants are informed of this policy when applying for a visa, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

“The Community regulations applied by France and by the other countries of the Schengen area specify that these visa fees are not refundable in the event of refusal of the application. Candidates are fully informed of this when completing their application file. indicates the press release from the French Embassy in Morocco.

Morocco World News explains that in the letter, the embassy also pointed out that the refusal rates reported by the media had been exaggerated.

The letter indicates that Morocco is among the top three countries requiring the highest number of visas and, at the same time, notes that the French consular services in Morocco processed nearly 150,000 visa applications between January and June 2022.

“The refusal rates mentioned in certain media and relayed by social networks are fanciful”, underlined the French Embassy in Morocco.

The same source explained that the Embassy plans to maintain dialogue with the Moroccan authorities so that they can resume normal visa activity as soon as possible.

Earlier this month, a group of Moroccans protested outside the European Union office in Rabat over racist and degrading treatment of Schengen visa applications by French authorities.

France 24 explained that one of the organizers, who is also the head of the AMHD rights group, Aziz Ghali, said he wanted to express his anger at the racism, humiliation and abuse. arrogance that applicants from Morocco experienced when applying for a visa. .

Furthermore, Ghali accused EU countries of limiting the number of visas granted and rejecting applications when the applicant meets all the required criteria.

Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that citizens of Morocco were among the top five countries that submitted the most visa applications in 2021.

Data provided by the Schengen Visa Statistics show that last year, Moroccan citizens applied for around 157,000 Schengen visas at embassies, consulates and visa centers in European countries. Of the total number of visa applications submitted by Moroccans in 2021, approximately 39,520 of them were rejected, a rate of 27.6%. Such a rate was higher than the global average rejection rate of Schengen applications.

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