Marriage to a Malaysian Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Malaysian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.
If you want to bring your Malaysian 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.
Malaysian Marriage Basic Requirements
- All foreign citizens wishing to marry must reside in Malaysia at least 7 days before application of marriage.
- You will need to make two separate trips to the National Registration Department. During the first visit, the marrying couple needs to bring the following documents:
- Marriage application form JPN.KCO2. (This and other forms are printed in Bahasa Malaysia only, so you should complete them prior to arrival at the Registry office. Completing the forms in English is allowed.)
- Passport and photocopy of the first page and page showing latest entry into Malaysia.
- 1 colored photo of each party (32 mm x 38 mm).
- Letter confirming freedom to marry. You can execute an affidavit at the Consular Section which will serve this purpose.
- This letter must be brought to the Consular Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra) for authentication.
- If previously married, death certificate(s) of previous spouse(s) or divorce decree(s) (original and one photocopy).
- After the first visit in which the documents and application are submitted, the marrying couple must wait at least 21 days until they can return and have the marriage officially registered. It is possible to get married more quickly (through a "special license"), but there are additional forms and fees, and approval of a senior Registry official is required.
After the waiting period, the marrying couple will make a second trip to the National Registration Department for the official marriage ceremony. Two witnesses will need to accompany the marrying couple to finalize the marriage. A marriage certificate will be issued immediately following the ceremony.
For further information, contact:
The Registrar of Marriages, Malaysia
National Registration Department
Lot 2G5, Presint 2
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62100 W.P. Putrajaya
Kuala Lumpur office: 60-3-2692-5018/2692-5044
Web site: www.jpn.gov.my
Marriages With / Between Muslims in Malaysia
There are different procedures for marriage with or between Muslims, including religious courses and different registration procedures. Contact the headquarters of the Islamic Religion Department (Jabatan Agama Islam) directly to find out the requirements.
Jabatan Agama Islam
Kompleks Pusat Islam
50519 Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur office: 60-3-2692-5018/2692-5044
Web site: http://www.jawi.gov.my/
If your Malaysian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Malaysian Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Malaysian citizen.
List of Malaysian Consulates in Canada
Calling Malaysia from Canada
011 - 60 - Area Code / Cell Code - local number, where
- 011 is the exit code for the North American Numbering Plan
- 60 is the country code for Malaysia
Area Codes of Malaysia (landlines only)
|Johor||7||Labuan||87||Penang||4||Sabah||87, 88, 89|
|Kedah||4||Malacca||6||Perak||5||Sarawak||82, 83, 84, 85, 86|
|Kuala Lumpur||3||Pahang||3, 5, 9||Putrajaya||3||Terengganu||9|
All cell phones are in area code "1". The digits after 1 are based on the provider.
Calling Canada from Malaysia
The international dialling code for Malaysia is 00, like it is in most countries outside of North America. However, Malaysia has special codes for Singapore (02) and for Brunei (080, for East Malaysia only).
To call Canada dial 00 - 1 - Canadian 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|
Malaysia has its own special time zone despite being spread across a wide section of the globe.
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours Malaysia is Ahead
# of Hours during DST
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||16 hours||15 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||15 hours||14 hours|
|Saskatchewan||14 hours||14 hours|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)||14 hours||13 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||13 hours||12 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||12 hours||11 hours|
|Newfoundland||11.5 hours||10.5 hours|
Emergency Contact Information for Canadians in Malaysia
Embassy of Canada in Kuala Lumpur
17th Floor, Menara Tan and Tan
Telephone: 6 (03) 2718-3333
Consulate of Canada in Penang
3007, Tingkat Perusahaan 5
Telephone: 6 (04) 389-3300
For police, fire or ambulance dial 999.
Canadian Government's Travel Alerts for Malaysia
Sponsoring You Malaysian Spouse to Come to Canada
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