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Marriage to a Foreigner FAQ

Marrying a foreigner in Canada is a straight-forward process, though there are slight variations in the process between provinces. In order to marry, you need:

  • a completed marriage license application
  • the correct fee (often in cash)
  • photo IDs for borh parties (passports are best)
  • proof of single status for the foreigner (such as a divorce certificate, duly translated)

Step-by-Step Guide: How to get married in Canada to a foreigner?

Free Course: How to Sponsor Your Spouse to Canada

Contact your City Hall or or municipal office for more details and the application form.
I’m a Canadian Citizen engaged to a US Citizen and we would like to get married in the Philippines. Would this possible? What are the steps to take? Or would it be easier to get married in Canada?

It’s easier to get married in either the US or Canada than the Philippines.

You can learn more about marrying in the Philippines here. The page is intended for Filipinos marrying foreigners, but many of the requirements will apply to you as well.

Am on a student visa from india and am 18 years old!! can i marry a canadian girl in canada with age of 18 ?? Is it legal

Yes, it’s legal.

I am a Canadian citizen and my boyfriend is Italian working in the U.S. under a work permit (L1 visa). He can enter Canada on a visitor visa (i.e. enter normally as he does on weekends) and we can get married here without a problem and this will be recognized in the U.S. correct? and what we do afterwards, whether I sponsor him to work in Canada or he sponsors me to work in the U.S. is not anything “fraudulent” in any way?

Yes, US States recognize marriages in Canada. How the federal government and each state recognize your marriage may be different though. It’s important to look into whether or not you need to register the marriage. Marriages are handled at the state level (like they are at the provincial level in Canada) and there may be some quirks.

The same doesn’t apply for Canada, FYI: An American marriage is legal and recognized in Canada, period.

I am Canadian my fiance is from gambia is it better to marry in Gambia then come here or for him to try and come to canada and then marry

In theory, it doesn’t matter, as Gambia uses English so there is no translation of the certificate required.

However, your fiance may not be able to get a visitor visa to come to Canada. If that’s the case, it would make more sense for you to go to Gambia.

I am a Canadian citizen how moved to Germany three years ago. I married a German guy and now have two children. However now I want to move to Canada and get a divorce from him. What do I need to divorce him once I move back to Canada?

So you need to move back to Canada. And then you need to wait a year. Once you have waited a year you can apply for a divorce.

Canada has no fault divorce but this is available only to residents of Canada.

Canadian marring an american then moving to the us under the green card. am i liable for my spouses debt in the us

This is a Canadian website so sorry to say we don’t know the answer to this question.

If you sponsored your American spouse for Canadian PR then you would be responsible for paying back any social assistance they received during a given time, but not necessarily any private debt.

i am a Canadian living in Ottawa and would like to get married to a foreigner before we can marry.. how long must he be in Ottawa

There are no residence requirements to marry in Canada. You can get married the moment he’s here.

I am a Canadian citizen but my wife is Japanese. Our kids have Canadian citizenships but wife doesn’t. Can my wife and kids stay in Canada for a year without me? I have to work in Japan. Will my kids be able to go to school there?

The answer to your question about your wife is: probably not, but maybe.

Your wife can get a visitor visa to Canada and enter with your kids for six months. At the end of 6 months, she will have to exit and re-enter Canada. At that point, the CBSA may let her re-enter for six months, or they may let her enter for less. This could be a problem for your children if they are young.

What you could do is all travel to Canada together, enter Canada, submit a sponsorship application and then you could return to Japan. If you did this, your wife would be able to stay in Canada until a decision is reached, which is usually around 12 months later.

As for your kids, yes they can go to school in Canada. You just need to get them citizenship certificates and then they can go to school once they are physically in Canada and registered as students.

I am us citizen my boyfriend also like in USA but he doesn’t have I 94 he is asylum case is peddling can we get married

This is a Canadian website and we’re sorry to say we cannot help you with getting your boyfriend status in the United States.

I am a Honduran that is going to marry her fiance in July, he was born and raised in Canada. I am 20 years old, do I need to take a letter of consent from my parents to get married in Ontario?

No, the age of consent to marry in Honduras is 14 years of age. It’s older in Ontario. You can go ahead and get married.

i am a Indian Citizen , i have a girl friend from Canada and she is a canadian citizen , i can go to Canada from India through visitor visa , now my question is after going to Canada with a visitor visa will i able to marry my girl friend at Canada with my visitor visa itself ? if i can marry her there with my visitor visa then kindly tell me the documentations process ?

Yes, you can marry in Canada. We have a guide to all the documentation you need to marry in Canada as a foreigner which you can read here. What is required depends upon the province you marry in but, basically, you need a photo ID andyour girlfriend will need one as well. You will have to complete the marriage license applicaton and pay the fee.

I am a PR and got married outside Canada to a non resident. Now I’m trying to register my marriage in the court system of the country where we had our wedding and I was wondering if it is ok to use my PR card ID number instead of my passport on my court marriage certificate even though I’m registering it in another country outside Canada. 

Probably not?

This other country likely has no idea what a Canadian PR Card is and they likely don’t recognize it as a valid form of ID. And why should they?

my gf is american we wat to marry here

That’s easy. She just needs to come to Canada and you can marry wherever. You just need to apply for a provincial or municipal marriage license (depending upon which provinde you’re in).

I am a Canadian permanent resident and marrying a Jamaican, can he stay after the marriage.


You need to sponsor him for permanent residence. There is an application and if he’s currently in Canada you want the “inland” sponsorship process.

I am Permanent Resident of Canada. I was living in BC, just now in Ontario. My girl friend is from Belarus. Is it possible to marry her in Ontario or BC? Can she get visitor visa to get married here?

Once the pandemic is under control, she can marry you in any province or territory of Canada provided she can get a visitor visa and successfully travel here. She just needs to have legal status in Canada (i.e. visitor status) and a valid ID.

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