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Marriage to a Foreigner FAQ

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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)
Contact your City Hall or or municipal office for more details and the application form.

Im international student here in Canada. Im Filipino citizen and married in the Philippines. I filed divorce here in Canada and was granted last August 2016.I have boyfriend here canadian citizen and were planning to get married. So i can marry him even though the divorce ia not recognize in the Philippines.

Yes, absolutely. A divorce in Canada is considered legal by most countries, if not the Philippines.

I’m a Canadian, and my girlfriend is a foreigner on a work permit. If we get married, can she work right away and get citizenship?

No. If you marry you can sponsor her for permanent residence. At this time she could apply for an open work permit.

I m in canada on refugee status. My case is in process. Can i marry to a canadian citizen.. what would be my status after martiage. I will be go through all process for PR on refugee status or other?

If you marry a Canadian nothing will happen to your status.

Your Canadian spouse would have to sponsor you for permanent residence. The process will take about one year from the time you submit the sponsorship application (after your marriage).

I’m a Canadian citizen and my fianc√© is Czech. We want to marry in Canada (NB). But she does not plan on moving here until her son is 18 (12 years from now). Can we still legally marry in Canada even if she doesn’t plan on migrating here right away? What documents would she need to bring with her to legally marry in Canada?

Yes, you can legally marry in Canada. There is no requirement that your spouse live here afterwards.

She will need her passport. She may need proof of single status. Contact the municipal office in New Brunswick where you are going to apply for the marriage license to confirm if she needs proof of single status.


I am a Canadian citizen and my boyfriend is Portuguese, we’re looking to get married in Toronto, does he need any kind of document from his home country, besides ID, passport and birthday certificate?¬†

Probably not, but to be safe call the municipal office where you plan to get married to confirm he does not need proof of single status from Portugal.

I’m an American married to a Canadian woman and I now have dual citizenship, she wants to file for divorce. If we divorce will I stay a dual citizen or will I lose it?

You cannot lose your citizenship through divorce.

Sikh Canadian BA Psychology dual citizen ( indian and canadian) born on sep 13, 1993 marries to muslim software engineer currently in pakistan( born on jan 12, 1992 and born in saudi arabia and currently living in pakistan.) The marriage was registered in pakistan due to boy’s mom is sick with hepatitus C and boy’s father is paralysed. This is done on the behalf of boy’s side. Now dual (Indian and canadian) citizen mom wants to sponsor the boy to get married here in Canada because girl is already a citizen of canada. As the girl’s family did not attend the marriage. So both will re marry in Canada with the girl’s family this time. It all happened due to India and Pakistan polictical problems. The girls family is canadian citizen but they did not go on marriage because of the old restrictions of polictical parties. The marriage at pakistan was on sep 23, 2016 and reception was done on Oct 8. The couple met on facebook and they talked for 4 years on facebook and decided to get marry. So i want to arrange marriage here in canada first before she sponsors him. Can it be done?

Canada recognizes legal marriages in other countries so there is no need to marry here too as long as initial marriage is legal.

However, you wish to do so before the sponsorship for some reason, you’ll have to be invited and come here on a visitor visa.

The easier thing would be to get sponsored first and then have the Canadian marriage celebration after you get here.

a new immigrant in canada with PR card just got recently, is it possible i invite a girlfriend in canada then i marry her? and what is the cost of me inviting her and marrying her? she is from kenya.

You have to write her a letter to invite her.

The visa application costs CAD$100.

If you or her state that marriage is the main reason for the trip to Canada her application will likely be refused.

I wanted to know what are the procedure for a Canadian citizen to marry a Taiwan foreign in Canada?

Make sure you both have photo IDs.

Get a marriage license application from your local municipal office.

Fill it out.

Take it to to municipal.

Pay the fee.

Get married.

Me and my husband has a dual citizenship in canada. We got married in philippines and now we are here in canada and has dual citizenship. What if i want to end our marriage. Will it be in Canada or Philippines… Divorce or Annulment?

You can get divorced in Canada even if you married elsewhere.

You cannot get divorced in the Philippines, only have the marriage annulled.

please am from Ghana and i have girlfriend in Canada whom i want marry her in ghana what should i do thank.

She will need a visa to come to Ghana.

Learn more about marrying in Ghana here.

I am a Canadian girl who is wanting to marry a Punjabi from India. Do we have to get married in India for him to come to Canada, or can we get married here in Canada? He is currently in Dubai, from India.

You can get married in Canada, India or UAE.

i m Tunisian citizen i live right now in canada as a visitor visa but my visa is expire for 3 month ago so im not legal here … i want to ask Can I marry my girlfriend ? And I am illegal ?

You need to have legal status in Canada to marry.

Either you need to leave and re-enter Canada legally so you can marry, or she can travel with you somewhere else you have legal status and marry there.

I am Canadian living in Italy want to get married in Canada to an Italian what can I do?

Your partner will have to get an eTA so they can travel with you to Canada. Then you can get married once you are here.

If you want your future spouse to stay in Canada, that is a different procedure.

I am International student in Canada but now i am on Work permit and my girlfriend is a Canadian Citizen but her Husband was died 2 year before and she has a one kid . we are in realationship now we have a plan to marry so please can u tell me what we do for a marriage because i am not Canadian Citizens or Permanent resident

You would marry normally. She may have to provide the death certificate to prove she is single.

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