Marriage to a Lebanese Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Lebanese 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

If you file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Lebanese 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.


Lebanese Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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


Lebanese Marriage Ceremony

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


Family Members

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

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


List of Lebanese Consulates in Canada

Embassy of Lebanon in Ottawa, Canada

Consulate General of Lebanon in Montreal, Canada


Calling Lebanon from Canada

Dial 011 - 961 - area code - local number, where

  • 011 is the exit code for the North American Numbering Plan
  • 961 is the country code for Lebanon

Area Codes of major centres in Lebanon (landlines only)

Beirut 1 Marjayoun, Nabatiyeh, Sidon, Tyre 7
Baabdat, Bickfaya, Jdeideh 4 Baalbeck, Mashghara, Rayack, Zahle 8
Aley, Baabda, Bhamdoun, Hammana 5 Byblos,Ghazir, Jounieh, Qartaba 9
Tripoli, Zgharta 6    


Cell Phones in Lebanon

Cellular phones use the prefix - or area code - 3 or 7.


Calling Canada from Lebanon

Dial 00 - 1 - area code - local number, where

  • 00 is the international dialing code
  • 1 is the country code for North America


Canadian 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

Lebanon is on Eastern European Time (GMT+2). Lebanon also uses European rules for Daylight Saving Time, meaning that there is a brief period twice a year - in March and in October - when the time differences below are 1 hour shorter. Saskatchewan does not participate in DST so the time difference in the summer is 1 hour greater.

Canadian Time Zone

# of Hours Lebanon is Ahead

Pacific (BC, Yukon) 10 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 9 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan*) 8 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 7 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 6 hours
Newfoundland 5.5 hours


Emergency Contact Information for Canadians in Lebanon

Embassy of Canada in Beirut

First Floor, Coolrite Building
43 Jal El Dib Highway (seaside)

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 60163, Jal El Dib, Beirut, Lebanon

Telephone: 961 (4) 726-700
Fax: 961 (4) 726-702

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Canadian Government's Travel Alerts for Lebanon


Sponsoring Your Lebanese Spouse to come to Canada

Sponsoring your spouse to come to Canada can be a difficult and time-consuming experience. To learn more about the application process, click the button below:

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