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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.

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.


Iam Canadian female. I fall in love with a Ghana man what do we do to get married in canada .

Apply for a marriage license at your nearest municipal office (city hall, town hall, etc). You will need proofs of identity (he will need a passport) and you may be required to prove your single status. You will have to complete the form and pay the fee.


My fiance lives and is from Ottawa, Ontario. I live and am from upstate New York (Watertown). We are 120 miles apart. Since July of 2016 he has either driven to me or I have driven to him almost every weekend. We would like to get married this Summer 2017. We’ve both done research but have not found any information that fits our situation. He is going to continue living in Ottawa and I am going to continue living in my hometown after marrying each other. He has a long term, financially stable job. I have a decent job here, as well. I also have an almost 12yr old child that I have to stay in the US to care for for at least the next 7 years. Maybe after that we will decide if I can move to Canada or if he can move to the US. What does each of our governments need for us to marry but stay living in our respected countries?

As long as neither of you are immigrating, you don’t need to do anything after you marry.

Unless you want to claim certain tax exemptions due to your marriage, and then we suggest speaking to an accountant because this could get very complicated with one of you living in one country and one listening in the other.


I am canadian and i want to marry a man from nigeria, but he couldn’t get a visa… how can we figure this out? would it be easier if i went there? i have heard that its easier for people there to get a visa if a canadian is there with them?

Yes, you can travel there to marry him. Alternatively, you can meet in a third country and marry there.


I am a Canadian Citizen who would like to marry a man living in Germany on refugee status from GHANA. would I have to go to Germany to marry him? or should I send him an invitation letter for him to come to Canada and we marry here. what is the best scenario?

You can send him an invitation letter and he can try to apply for a visa. It’s pretty unlikely he’ll get approved, but if he can prove he will return to Germany after the trip, he may be approved.

If he doesn’t get a visa, you’ll have to go there to marry him.


do I need to submit single status to marry in canada

If you are not a Canadian citizen, some jurisdictions will require you to prove your single status in your home country. Contact the municipal office where you are going to marry to find out whether or not you need to do so.


I got married overseas and sponsored my husband successfully. He will be in Canada soon. Can we get a marriage license here and do religious ceremony again?

Provided the marriage was legal in the country you married in (and it must have been for the sponsorship to have gone through), you do not need to get remarried in Canada. You can have a religious ceremony, of course.


am an Bangladeshi citizen and want to marry a Canadian citizen. so my question is on what type of visa such as visitor visa or tourist visa will i have to marry and can i marry her in Bangladesh and later can she sponsor for me for pr?

If you want to come to Canada, you want to apply for a temporary resident visa, which is Canada’s term fora visitor or tourist visa.

You can marry in Bangladesh if you cannot get a visitor visa to Canada.

She can sponsor you once you are married.


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