Marriage to an Algerian Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to an Algerian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Algerian government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Algerians as an indirect way of discouraging Algerian citizens from moving to other countries.

To learn more, contact the Algerian Embassy.

If you want to bring your Algerian spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. If they would like to visit you in Canada while their application is in process, they must also apply for a visitor visa. For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our visitor visa page.

Sample Sponsorship Application


Algerian Marriage Basic Requirements

In order for a Canadian to marry in Algeria, under Algerian law, he or she will need the following documents:

  • Original of Birth Certificates for both parties to the marriage (No12 for Algerian National)
  • Residence certificate: For a Canadian National, this document is issued at the local police station. But first you will need to register at the Embassy and get a registration certificate from the Canadian Embassy
  • Copies of ID cards for Algerians/ Passport for Canadians
  • Medical certificates (Forms will be available at the Mairie)
  • Authorization from the Wilaya ie Prefecture (Bureaux des etrangers ie Foreigners office, address below for Algiers) where you reside. Be aware that your fiancè will need to go in person at the information desk to get more details as information will not be given by telephone.

    Wilaya of Algiers:
    20 Boulevard Zirout Youcef, Algiers (Next to Essafir Hotel)
    Bureau Des Etrangers.
    Tel:021 73 00 73.>

  • Certificate of No impediment (requested by the wilaya): For the Canadian National, this document can be issued either at a registry office in Canada or from the Canadian Embassy Consular section.  To apply for this you need to provide:
  • Your Canadian Passport.
  • Your original full Birth certificate or a certified copy.
  • If applicable, evidence of termination of any previous marriages ( decree absolute/death certificate).
  • To have resided in Algeria for at least 21 days before notice of intention to marry is given (stamp on passport or flight ticket as evidence)
  • To complete a notice of marriage and swear an affidavit in front of the consular officer.

The consular officer taking this notice will post it on the public notice board for a further 21 clear days.  If no objection is raised during the publication of the notice, the certificate of no impediment (CNI) can be issued.
If you decide to get the Certificate of No Impediment in Algiers, this means you will have to be in Algeria for a minimum of 43 days.  You will either have to have a 90 day Algerian visa or, if your visa is only for 30 days, you will need to extend it, before it expires, at the Wilaya offices where you are staying.


Algerian Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to an Algerian citizen can legally take place in Algeria, Canada, or any other country as long as both parties have the necessary visas to enter this country legally. This marriage can then be recognized when applying for a permanent residence or a visitor visa for your Algerian spouse. To learn more about cereomny customs, see below.

Family Members

If your Algerian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Algerian Marriage document application.

If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry an Algerian citizen.

How long is the Algerian Marriage document valid?

The document is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. If you do not marry your Algerian fiancé within 6 months of the issuance of the Algerian Marriage document, you must apply again with new supporting documents.

List of Algerian Consulates in Canada

Algerian embassy in Ottawa, Canada


Calling Algeria from Canada

Dial 011 - 213 - area code or cell code - local number, where

  • 011 is the exit code for the North American Numbering Plan
  • 213 is the country code for Algeria
  • See below for the area and cell codes

Area Codes of Algeria (landlines only)

Adrar 49 Boumerdes 24 Laghouat 29 Setif 36
Ain Defla 27 Chlef 27 Mascara 45 Sidi Belabbes 48
Ain Temouchent 43 Constantine 31 Medea 25 Skikda 39
Algiers 21 Djelfa 27 Mila 31 Souk Ahras 37
Annaba 38 Elbayad 49 Mostaganem 45 Tamanrasset 29
Batna 33 Eloued 32 Msila 45 Tebessa 37
Bechar 49 Eltaref 38 Naama 49 Tiaret 46
Bejaia 34 Ghardaia 29 Oran 41 Tindouf 49
Biskra 33 Guelma 37 Ouargla 29 Tipaza 24
Blida 25 Illizi 29 Oum Elbouagui 32 Tissemsilt 46
Bordj bouariridj 35 Jijel 34 Relizane 46 Tizi ouzou 26
Bouira 26 Khenchla 32 Saida 48 Tlemcen 43

Cellular Codes by Provider:

  • Djezzy: 7
  • Mobilis: 6
  • Nedjma: 5


Calling Canada from Algeria

Dial 00 - 1 - area code - local number

List of Canada Area Codes

Province Code Province  Code

403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867

236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)

236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)


226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)

249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)

289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)

343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)

416 / 647 (Toronto)

807 (northwestern Ontario)

Manitoba 204 / 431 PEI 782 / 902
New  Brunswick 506 Quebec

418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)

438 / 514 (Montreal)

450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)

819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)

Newfoundland and Labrador 709 Saskatchewan 306 / 639
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902    


Time Difference

Algeria is on Central European Time (GMT+1). Algeria does not participate in Daylight Saving Time.

Canadian Time Zone

# of Hours Algeria is Ahead

# of Hours during DST

Pacific (BC, Yukon) 9 hours 8 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 8 hours 7 hours
Saskatchewan 7 hours 7 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 7 hours 6 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 6 hours 5 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 5 hours 4 hours
Newfoundland 4.5 hours 4.5 hours


Emergency Information for Canadians in Algeria

Embassy of Canada in Algiers

18 Mustapha Khalef St.
Ben Aknoun, Algiers

Postal Address: P.O. Box 48, Alger-Gare, 16306, Algeria

Telephone: 213 (0) 770-083-000
Fax: 213 (0) 770-083-070

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Government of Canada's Travel Alerts for Algeria


Sponsoring an Algerian to Canada

The sponsorship process is complicated and long. To learn more about it, click the button below:

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