• Located between Asian and Europe on the Caspian Sea between Russia and Iran
  • The weather is dry semi-arid steppe. There are regular drought spells as well.

Marriage to an Azerbaijani Citizen

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

To learn more, contact the Azerbaijani Embassy

If you want to bring your Azerbaijani 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.

See a sample sponsorship application


Processing Time

Once the necessary documents are gathered, it usually takes the Azerbaijani government up to 3 weeks to authenticate the documents.

If you then file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Azerbaijani spouse or partner, this application takes an average of 10-12 months.

A visitor visa application for your spouse or partner to visit you in Canada while the sponsorship applications are processing takes an average of 3 –14 days.

Please see our pages on family sponsorship and Canadian visitor visa for more information on the processing times of these applications.


Azerbaijani Marriage Basic Requirements

Before the visa can be issued the following documents are required:

  • Original passport signed and with at least 6 months
  • 2 passport photos
  • Copy of confirmed hotel reservations
  • Personal letter to the embassy of Azerbaijan explaining purpose of visit

Azerbaijani Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to an Azerbaijani citizen can legally take place in Azerbaijan, 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 Azerbaijani spouse. To learn more about cereomny customs, see below.

Family Members

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

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

How long is the Azerbaijani Marriage document valid?

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

List of Azerbaijani Consulates in Canada

Azerbaijani Embassy in Ottawa, Canada


Calling Azerbaijan

The country code is 994 so dial 011 – 994 – area code – local number

Some are codes are:

CITY                       CODE        CITY                       CODE     CITY                       CODE     CITY                      CODE

Agjabedi                 21            Imishli                      21         Lankaran                 25         Shamakhi               20

Baku                       12, 88      Jalilabad                   25         Mingechevir            24          Shamkir                22

Barda                      20           Khachmaz                23          Nakhchivan            36           Shirvan                21

Ganja                      22           Khankendi                26          Salyan                   21           Sumgayit             18

Goychay                  20           Khirdalan                12           Shaki                     24           Yevlakh                22


Canadian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey

Nenehatun Caddesi 75 Cankaya 06690

Telphone: (+90-312) 4599200

Fax: (+90-312) 4599361

Email: ankra@dfait-maeci.gc.ca


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