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Hello! 

 

Im finally headed to Morocco for the first time in a couple weeks.  I’m so excited! Any recommendations on what to bring or advice for the trip? Helpful things to pack? How to exchange to dirhams? Gifts to bring from the US for boyfri nd’s family? Any advice would help me! 

 

Thank you! 

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28 minutes ago, Jenny D. said:

Hello! 

 

Im finally headed to Morocco for the first time in a couple weeks.  I’m so excited! Any recommendations on what to bring or advice for the trip? Helpful things to pack? How to exchange to dirhams? Gifts to bring from the US for boyfri nd’s family? Any advice would help me! 

 

Thank you! 

bring cautions! and bon voyage!

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Hi!

Given the time of year - it's now the cold and rainy season of Morocco. 

So pack layers of clothing that quickly dries and thermal underwear and wool socks and a good jacket like a Columbia interchange with a hood attached.  Wear shoes that can take a beating and keep going like Keen Boots.

 

Exchange money at Banks - never anywhere else or exchange before you go using your own bank and use http://www.xe.com/ to know the current exchange rate.  If you must withdrawal money - do so at an ATM attached to a local bank branch and be aware of the percentage your bank charges to do so and alert your bank you are traveling to Morocco and what your travel time frame is.

 

Please also be aware of pickpockets - its the number one crime in Morocco.

 

I suggest checking out Peace Corps Volunteers and RPCVs Pinterest board for host family gift suggestions like mine -https://www.pinterest.com/nomadnoor/peace-corps-morocco/

 

That said most Moroccan women love perfume, makeup palettes, bath and body bathing sets with soap, body wash and scented lotions and a nice brand name purse or quality leather one.

 

Moroccan men love cologne, brand name sunglasses, or a watch.  

 

Once you get to know them - you will learn person preferences quickly.

 

Lavish gift items would be electronics - laptop, tablet, digital camera or a new cellphone.

 

I wish you save travels!

 

Ally & Omar

 


Timeline to Immigrate to the United States of America -

Travel back to our Moroccan Home from Casa: 10/17/2014

Husband submits for vacation from Protection Civile: 10/28/2015

Husband submits for demission from Protection Civile :11/10/2014

I travel personally to the Main Office of the Protection Civile in Rabat and submit a Dolence: 12/09/2014

I travel back to the USA in preparation of the birth of our baby - 12/18/2014

Husband travels back to Rabat to the main office of the Protection Civile and meets with "Head of Human resources" and told to resubmit his vacation request - told his request will be approved by 1/15/ 2015: 1/07/2015

Husband asks commander to call main office of Protection Civile to check the status of the new vacation request and is told no one but the general can approve his request and he is on vacation: 1/28/2015

Husband stops going to work for the Protection Civile in protest: 1/29/2015

We hire a lawyer in Casablanca to help my husbands case with regards to the Protection Civile : 02/2015

Lawyer sends letter to the Main office of the Protection Civile - 02/04/2015

Our daughter is born with my husband still stuck in Morocco - 2/09/2015

Direction (Main Office) of the Protection Civile Sends out Alert Letter to my husband and my husband picks it up on- 02/13/2015

Husband goes to US Consulate to request an extension of his visa - US Consulate says they won't extend his visa however they can issue him a new one at the cost of 3000DH/ $311 -/+ and to come back the last week of the month to get his second visa- 3/08/2015

Husband returns to the US Consulate and picks up *NEW VISA* with expiration date of 09/22/2015 on: 03/26/2015

Husband's first visa expires: 04/08/2015

Protection Civile continues to pay my husband - 04/2015

The lawyer sends letters to the Ministry of the Interior - 04//2015

My husband seeks help from the Prime Minister of Morocco's political party and called the lawyer to set an appointment to check on his case: 05/6/2015

My husband seeks help from a second lawyer when the first one proves unhelpful: 05/07/2015

My husband goes to Parliment to follow up with the Prime Minister's party - set a follow up appointment at a cafe the next day: 05/08/2015

I send a letter to the Moroccan Ambassador to the United States asking for help with my husband's case (registered mail): 05/26/2015

I go to Sen. Diane Feinstein's office seeking help with my husband's demission from the Protection Civile: 05/27/2015

I go to Sen. Barbara Boxer's office seeking help with my husband's demission from the Protection Civile: 05/28/2015

My husband returns to hometown in Morocco and returned his materials, the message awaiting him says "Demission Favorable.": 06/11/2015

Lots of running around to meetings and trying to get the authorization to leave Morocco by my husband: 07/2015

Husband goes to CMN airport trying to get paperwork authorizing him to leave Morocco and with the help of some powerful people GETS THE AUTHORIZATION: 07/23/2015 :dancing:

My husband leaves Morocco and arrives in the U.S.A. and meets his daughter for the first time at SFO airport: 07/27/2015

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When I went I brought a bunch of socks and jeans and shirts for my guy and for his family I gave them beauty creams.  They definitely love the creams.  Be sure to exchange your money at any currency exchange places - the rates are the same.  Leave room for yourself to bring back lots of goodies.  Also too, you may need a piece of pa


K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Morocco
I-129F Sent : 2017-09-25
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-10-03
I-129F RFE(s) : 2018-04-02; 2018-05-08
RFE Reply(s) : 2018-04-25, 2018-05-22
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-06-04
NVC Received : 2018-06-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-06-21
NVC Left : 2018-07-10
Consulate Received : 2018-07-13
Packet 3 Received : 2018-07-31
Packet 3 Sent :  
Packet 4 Received :  
Interview Date : 2018-09-04 icon13.gif Submit Review

 

 

 

 

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When I went I brought a bunch of socks and jeans and shirts for my guy and for his family I gave them beauty creams and perfumes.  They definitely love the creams.  Be sure to exchange your money at any currency exchange places - the rates are the same.  Leave room for yourself to bring back lots of goodies.  I also brought small candies for all the children I came in contact with.  They loved the bubblegum and chocolates.  Also too, you may need a piece of paper that allows your bf to travel around with you, some need it to prove that he is not a paid guide.  I got my paper with the governement office and paid like $10.00 for it.  It just basically is a paper that says that (name of boyfriend) and (you) are traveling together and that he is not a paid professional guide.  I know I mentioned this on my profile before. Have fun and be sure to bring some tennis shoes cause if you go to the beach there are a million rocks and its so much easier to walk in shoes.  Keep your purse in front of you and wrapped around you.  I always brought a small shoulder purse to carry my things in.  Be ready for the mouth orgasims that you will encounter - moroccain food is amazing ! 


K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Morocco
I-129F Sent : 2017-09-25
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-10-03
I-129F RFE(s) : 2018-04-02; 2018-05-08
RFE Reply(s) : 2018-04-25, 2018-05-22
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-06-04
NVC Received : 2018-06-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-06-21
NVC Left : 2018-07-10
Consulate Received : 2018-07-13
Packet 3 Received : 2018-07-31
Packet 3 Sent :  
Packet 4 Received :  
Interview Date : 2018-09-04 icon13.gif Submit Review

 

 

 

 

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Lots of good suggestions in this thread for gifts. When I lived with a host family in Morocco, I brought them a little souvenir (a snowglobe) from my home town and they still have it displayed on a shelf in the main living room. :)

When I started dating and visiting my fiance (now husband), I would bring coffee for his mom.  I brought him a watch once and his sisters small handbags. 

 

Travel tips: Bring warm and comfortable clothes as other have said. If it is your first time traveling to a MENA country, you will experience some degree of culture shock. Be open to new experiences (and food!). It is very likely that your boyfriend and his family will try to get you to eat a lot of different Moroccan dishes (most are very delicious!), but be firm in letting them know when you are full or if you don't like something. I hope you like eating bread with almost every meal and drinking a lot of mint tea. :P

Be street smart and cautious of people in the street, especially people trying to sell or offer you something. Your boyfriend will likely be with you whenever you are out shopping, so he will likely be able to help you to haggle for a good price and not let a salesperson rip you off. 

 

As for money, I always exchanged my dollars for dirhams at the airport, except for 1 or 2 times when I went to a bank (in Morocco).  

 
Most of all, enjoy your time in Morocco and your time with your boyfriend! Morocco is a wonderful country. (L)


K1 Visa Process                                                                                                   

Spoiler

 

December 19, 2016: NOA1 receive date 

May 5, 2017: NOA2 hardcopy (still listed as 'received' online...)

May 23, 2017: NVC case number assigned

July 10, 2017: Interview
July 14, 2017: Visa in hand
July 27, 2017: POE at ORD

August 5, 2017: Married!

 

See my 'About Me' section on my profile for a more detailed step by step journey of our K1 Journey through the Casablanca consulate in Morocco

 

AOS Process  

September 8, 2017 : Mailed AOS Packet

September 16, 2017 : NOA1 text/emails (receive date Sept. 12)

October 2, 2017 : Biometrics Appointment

October 13, 2017 : RFIE letter received in mail (they want an English translated Birth Certificate, which we included in the original petition...)

January 24, 2018: EAD/AP Combo Card in hand

August 9, 2018: AOS Interview (Approved)

August 9, 2018: "Card in Production"

August 16, 2018: Green card in hand

 

May 2020: ROC!

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you are packing for your own stay so make the gifts small like perfumes, cremes, jewery,   believe it or not one of the things i get asked for most is ben gay or aspercreme and blue emo

most houses are not heated take warm clothing to sleep in

wrap up in the big moroccan blankets

carry some baby wipes as bathroom tissue can not always be found

at this time the days are warm / nights are cold

take gloves

they love name brand socks like NIke 

you are from Minnesota so you know how to layer for cold nights

respect the culture / no bare arms and legs if you want the mom to like you

no smoking in front of family 

beware that some of the bathroom facilities are nothing more than a hole in the ground

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Great recommendations so far! My brothers-in-law ask for razors. I’ll go to Sam’s Club and get a ton of blades. We bring small, inexpensive toys for our young nephews (matchbox cars, etc) and I often will bring slippers, socks, scarves, inexpensive Jewelry sets, and such for his mom and sisters. I brought peanut butter and maple syrup on one of my trips, and it’s now a requirement to bring at least the peanut butter. My in-laws Love it! They asked for coffee filters once, and I sent some pretty table clothes from Walmart. 


01/28/2013 I-130 package sent

01/31/2013 Notice of Action Date After POE
02/01/2013 Received e-mail and text notification of acceptance
11/26/2013 Applied for SS#
02/04/2013 Received hard copy NOA1 (case not found in on-line system) 12/02/2013 ELIS site still states "accepted"
03/12/2013 Transferred to the local office 12/27/2013 received green card
04/10/2013 Case still not found in on-line system
04/15/2013 INFO-PASS appointment

05/01/2013 NOA2 sent petition approved

NVC Stage...of course it has to be complicatedreading.gifrolleyes.gif

05/09/2013 Case received by NVC

05/23/2013 Received case #'s from NVC

05/23/2013 DS-3032 sent from husband's e-mail

06/03/2013 First day I can not access payment portal

06/04/2013 AOS Fee invoiced and payment made

06/04/2013 DS-3032 resent with Supervisor Review

06/05/2013 DS-3032 acceptance e-mail

06/05/2013 AOS Fee shows "PAID"

06/06/2013 AOS package express mailed

06/07/2013 IV bill invoiced and payment made (still waiting on documents from Hubby)

06/08/2013 IV package express mailed

06/25/2013 IV reviewed - Checklist (2 errors, Birth document & date on DS-230)

06/26/2013 Requested supervisor review by e-mail & verbal request for birth document (fingers crossed)

06/27/2013 AOS accepted

06/28/2013 Checklist response sent for corrected DS-230 (I had my husband sign extra's just in-case)

08/02/2013 NVC requested a supervisor review on the checklist item over 20 business day window

08/05/2013 Case Complete!!! kicking.gif

08/27/2013 Interview Assigned

10/30/2013 Interview

11/04/2013 Pick up Passport

11/12/2013 POE @ JFK

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The number one thing my husband's family used to request was chocolates.  My husband just recently went home for a visit and we packed ten pounds of chocolates!  Also his mother does not like to drink water so we packed some of those Crystal Lite packets you flavor water with.  He took clothes, watches, bath towels and things like that. 

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On 11/6/2017 at 11:38 AM, adil-rafa said:

 

carry some baby wipes as bathroom tissue can not always be found

beware that some of the bathroom facilities are nothing more than a hole in the ground

LOL so true.  I actually had to use a hole.  This is where aiming skills need to be on point LOL 


K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Morocco
I-129F Sent : 2017-09-25
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-10-03
I-129F RFE(s) : 2018-04-02; 2018-05-08
RFE Reply(s) : 2018-04-25, 2018-05-22
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-06-04
NVC Received : 2018-06-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-06-21
NVC Left : 2018-07-10
Consulate Received : 2018-07-13
Packet 3 Received : 2018-07-31
Packet 3 Sent :  
Packet 4 Received :  
Interview Date : 2018-09-04 icon13.gif Submit Review

 

 

 

 

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