- Located in East Asia between North Atlantic Ocean and Sea of Japan East of Korean peninsula
- The weather is varied from tropical in the South to cool temperatures in the North
- Japan is very vulnerable to earthquakes because its sits in a seismically active zone. Other hazards include tsunamis and typhoons mainly caused by tremors.
Using the Government Directly
Please be aware that if you are filing your application yourself, you should do an extensive amount of research before proceeding. Please call Citizenship and Immigration Canada to learn more and visit the Sponsorship pages to learn about everything you need to do to get your spouse to Canada. The information can be found on Citizenship Immigration Canada's website.
Marriage to a Japanese Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Japanese citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.
If you want to bring your Japanese 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.
How We Can Help You Marry Your Japanese Fiance
To discuss the process to marry a citizen of Japan, contact us for a consultation. We can determine your eligibility to apply for permission to marry a Japan as well as advise you how you can prove you meet the requirements.
Immigroup will assist you throughout the entire application process from start to finish, including:
- Determining your eligibility to apply;
- Determining the likelihood of success for your particular case;
- Ensuring your forms are complete and accurately reflect the details of your case for maximum chance of success;
- Ensuring you have the necessary and appropriate documents to support your application;
- Providing guidance on the best method to submit your application to the Japan government for your circumstances;
- Offering Top Priority service for extremely urgent cases;
- Determining the best way to proceed once the outcome of your case is reached (applying for family sponsorship, applying for a visitor visa for your Japan partner, re-application if necessary, etc.)
Contact us for a consultation to assist you with the Japan marriage process.
Once the necessary documents are gathered, it usually takes the Japanese government up to 3 weeks to authenticate the documents.
If you then file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Jamaican 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.
Costs of the Process
To learn about the costs of the sponsorship process, click here.
Other Fees - Disbursement Fees
Because the only language recognized in Japan is Japanese, documents must all be translated into Japanese to be included in an application. Documents are also sent to Japan and Japanese embassies by courier to ensure security, confidentiality, and confirmation of delivery. These costs are known as disbursement fees and are unique to each case; however the totalis typically less than $500 Canadian dollars.
Japanese Marriage Basic Requirements
To be married off, the city ward requires proof of legality or freedom to marry in form of an affidavit that is sworn in person at any Canadian embassy in place of mailing documents.
After the marriage has been licensed, the certificate becomes the proof of marriage and a spouse visa can be granted. The requirements are:
- A statement declaring the marriage has taken place
- A copy of the marriage certificate
- Photocopy of the passport
- Mailing address
- Spouses name
- $50 fee in Yen
If your Japanese spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Japanese Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Japanese citizen.
List of Japanese Consulates in Canada
Calling Japan from Canada
The country code is 81 to call you would dial 011 – 81 – area code – local number.
Area Codes for major centres in Japan (landlines only)
Cells use the prefixes 70, 80 or 90.
Calling Canada from Japan
Dial 00 - 1 - area code - local number
Area Codes of Canada
403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
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|
418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)
438 / 514 (Montreal)
450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)
819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)
|Newfoundland and Labrador||709||Saskatchewan||306 / 639|
|Nova Scotia||782 / 902|
Japanese Standard Time is GMT+9. Japan does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours Japan is Ahead
# of Hours during DST
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||17 hours||16 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||16 hours||15 hours|
|Saskatchewan||15 hours||15 hours|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)||15 hours||14 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||14 hours||13 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||13 hours||12 hours|
|Newfoundland||12.5 hours||11.5 hours|
Emergency Information for Canadians in Japan
Embassy of Canada in Tokyo
3-38 Akasaka 7-chome
Telephone: 81 (3) 5412-6200
Consulate of Canada in Hiroshima
c/o Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc.
Telephone: 81 (82) 246-0057
Consulate of Canada in Nagoya
Nakato Marunouchi Building
Telephone: 81 (52) 972-0450
Consulate of Canada in
c/o Tsuda Sangyo Co. Ltd.
Telephone: 81 (6) 6681–0250
Consulate of Canada in Sappor
Canada Place, Poseidon Maruyama 2F
Telephone: 81 (11) 643-2520
The Government of Canada's Travel Alerts for Japan
Sponsoring Your Japanese Spouse to Come to Canada
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