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.

See a sample Sponsorship Application


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
Tel: 60-3-8880-7000
Kuala Lumpur office: 60-3-2692-5018/2692-5044
Fax:  60-3-8880-7059
Web site:

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
Jalan Perdana
50519 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 60-3-22749333
Kuala Lumpur office: 60-3-2692-5018/2692-5044
Fax:  60-3-22731575
Web site:


Family Members

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

High Commission of Malaysia, Ottawa

Consulate General of Malaysia


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
Kelantan 9 Negeri Sembilan 6 Perlis 4 Selangor 3
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

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

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
207 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 10990, 50732 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Telephone: 6 (03) 2718-3333
Fax: 6 (03) 2718-3399

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Consulate of Canada in Penang

3007, Tingkat Perusahaan 5
Prai Industrial Park
13600 Prai, Penang

Telephone: 6 (04) 389-3300
Fax: 6 (04) 389-2300

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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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