System for visas has broken down again.
I arrived on Wednesday to the photocopy and photo stationary shop opposite the petrol station on avenue Mohamed VI. The man in the stationary shop gave me copies of the application form.
On Thursday morning at 7:00am I arrived. A man was issuing numbers. I was 98. Two Japanese arrived at 3:00am and were numbers 27-28. The man issuing numbers does not work for the Embassy. However his fake Hugo-Boss outfit and clipboard was sufficient to hold some authority over the line. He took cash to let people go ahead of the queue. By 9:30am only 46 people had been processed, the queue was chaos, a knot of people were at the door to the embassy and the embassy decided to shut shop.
The next day, Friday, I arrived at 02:00am. I was number 48 with about 20 people hanging around. People were going on the list from 21:00 the previous night - then going home to return in the morning. Hugo-Boss was there organising his list. Then a Moroccan guy wanting a visa, tough cookie that looked military, turned up at 3am and tore up the list, announced that the age of lists is over, no scammers or agents allowed, only legitimate applications by said applicants that are prepared to slog it out in a queue. By 8am the queue was enormous. A German and American played bouncer to keep the line in order, preventing visa agents from pushing their way in. Everyone got seen but there was no list.
There was confusion as to when to collect the visa. The form says for Friday collect at 12:30. The queue began at 12:00. The doors were opened at 16:30. A throng of frustrated applicants tried to by-pass the queue and rush the door. The embassy shut the doors for another 30minutes cool down. It was not until 6:30 that everyone had collected. Some people had their visa dates wrong - the embassy made the corrections there and then which was good of them. One guy had no stamp on his visa. Another was given the wrong passport back. All mistakes were corrected.
I submitted on advise,
2 x photocopy of passport Photo/data
1 x photocopy of passport Morocco entry stamp
2 x photos in colour (and b/w for my daughter)
1 x application form filled out
Others did not submit copies of the entry stamp, or duplicate copies of the passport photo/data - this was not a problem - nobody's application was rejected.
The photos must be glued/stapled to the form.
Some sections of the form can be left blank e.g. who is your home contact in Mauritania.
For where are you staying, I put down an address of a hotel from LP.
My form had alot of crossing outs and scribbles, not a problem.
Touts standing opposite the embassy can sell copies of the form and provide ink and staples.
I guess overall there are good days and bad days.
But they do still issue visas,as Sheelah stated, on the date requested by the applicant e.g. 45 days from now.