• Located in Southeastern Europe bordering Adriatic Sea and Croatia
  • The weather is hot summers and cold winters. The higher areas have short cool summer and long very cold winters with mild rain along the Coast. The country also has many mountains and valleys
  • There are very destructive earthquakes that cause many deaths and destruction of infrastructure


Marriage to a Bosnian Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Bosnian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. 

You must demonstrate to Bosnian officials that they are not currently married to anyone else. Click here to learn more.

If you want to bring your Bosnian 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


Bosnian Marriage Basic Requirements

In order to marry a citizen of Bosnia, you must demonstrate to the Bosnian government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:

  • Proof of country of birth
  • Proof of single status
  • Proof of age requirement

Bosnian Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to a Bosnian citizen can legally take place in Bosnia, 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 Bosnian spouse. To learn more about cereomny customs, see below.

Family Members

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

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

How long is the Bosnian Marriage document valid?

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

List of Bosnian Consulates in Canada

Embassy of Bosnia, Herzegovina in Ottawa, Canada

Calling Bosnia

The country code is 387 so  dial 011 – 387 – area code – local number

Here are some area codes for major cities:

CITY                                       CODE     CITY                       CODE       CITY                       CODE

Banja Luka                              51           Doboj                    53           Sarajevo                 33

Bihac                                     37           Gorazde                 38           Travnik                   30

Bijeljina                                  55           Gradiska                51           Trebinje                  59

Bosanska Krupa                      37           Mostar                  36           Tuzla                      35

Brcko                                     49           Pale                       57           Visoko                   32

Bugojno                                 30           Prijedor                 52           Zenica                    32

Derventa                                53           Sanski Most           37                          

Canadian Embassy in Budapest

There is no Canadian diplomatic mission in Bosnia. The Canadian Embassy in Budapest is responsible for Bosnia.

Ganz utca 12-14
1027 Budapest

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