The number of visas issued by the United States in 2022 worldwide is 285,069, according to the U.S. Department of State. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, posts were directed to suspend routine visa services and provide only critical and emergency services in late March 2020. This had a significant impact on the provision of immigrant and non-immigrant visa services. Posts were only able to resume limited services on a post-by-post basis as of July 2020, as local conditions permitted,” the same source explains in its new annual report.
According to the same document, Morocco is the second Arab country with the most visas for its citizens in 2021 with 3585 visas, behind Yemen with 4770 visas. The 3ème place is taken by Jordan with 2785 visas.
On the African continent, the first place goes to Nigeria with 4,990 visas obtained, followed by Morocco and Cameroon (3048). In total, 35,776 U.S. visas were granted to African citizens in 2021.
Globally, Mexico is in first place with 40,597 visas issued, followed by the Dominican Republic (17,941) and China (18,501).
The countries in last place are Bahrain with 66 visas, Mauritania with 62 visas, then the Sultanate of Oman with only 38 visas granted in 2021.
It should be noted that the Moroccan passport (see L’Opinion of December 9, 2022) ranks 65th in the latest “Passport Index” ranking established by the passport classification company Henley & Partners. Thus, with their travel document, Moroccans can access 77 countries, including 33 countries without a visa and 44 countries with a visa on arrival, while 121 countries require Moroccans to obtain a visa.