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 Mexican Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Mexican citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Mexican government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Mexicans as an indirect way of discouraging Mexican citizens from moving to other countries.
Foreigners must apply for official permission from the Mexican government to marry a citizen of Mexico. You must demonstrate to Mexican officials that they are not currently married to anyone else - either you have never been married or all divorces are finalized - that your identity is proven, and that you have never committed any crimes in Mexico. This is done by providing various documents including an Affidavit of Single Status to the Mexican government either in Mexico or via a Mexican embassy.
If you want to bring your Mexican 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 Mexican Fiance
To discuss the process to marry a citizen of Mexico, contact us for a consultation. We can determine your eligibility to apply for permission to marry a Mexican 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 Mexican government for your circumstances;
- Advising the privileges a Mexican Marriage document affords you;
- 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 Mexican partner, re-application if necessary, etc.)
Contact us for a consultation to assist you with the Mexican marriage process.
Once the necessary documents are gathered, it usually takes the Mexican government up to 3 weeks to authenticate the documents.
If you then file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Mexican 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
In addition to the legal fees paid to a consultant or lawyer to assist you with this process, you must also pay a fee of up to $1300 Canadian dollars to the Mexican government for filing the application, depending on the consulate where the application is submitted and other factors affecting the applicants. To learn about the costs of the sponsorship process, click here.
Other Fees - Disbursement Fees
Because the only language recognized in Mexican is Spanish, documents must all be translated into Spanish to be included in an application. Documents are also sent to Mexico and Mexican 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.
Mexican Marriage Basic Requirements
If a Canadian Citizen plans to marry in Mexico, he/she must follow all the applicable rules and laws of Mexico. Only marriages performed by Civil Registry Officials (not religious officials) are considered legal and valid in Mexico.
Canadian Citizens must have a valid Passport and their Tourist or Residence permits up to date with Mexican Immigration Authorities; you must also request from Mexican Immigration a marriage permit. Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, the marriage can be performed at the Civil Registry Office.
Requirements for Marriage in Civil Registry Office
- Completed marriage application, giving exact names of applicants, just as they appear in their birth certificates
- Birth Certificate and three photocopies (Mexican Citizen).
- For the Canadian Citizen: Apostilled birth certificate translated into Spanish. "FMT" form (Tourist or Residence), and a special permit to marry in Mexico issued by Mexican Immigration.
- Four witnesses. Two for each applicant (over 18 yrs. of age) with original and copy of a valid photo I.D (both sides).
- Proof of Planned Parenthood lecture given at the "Consejo Estatal de Poblacion" located at: Oficialia 01, corner of Heroico Colegio Militar Street and Francisco Villa Street in downtown Juarez. The lecture is a one-day event from 3:30p.m. to 5:30p.m. and from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Weekdays (Please do NOT bring children and arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the lecture). A fee of $50.00 pesos must be paid at the Civil Registry’s cashier between 9:00a.m. and 3:00p.m. In Chihuahua City: At the Civil Registry Office (northern zone) - corner of Tecnologico Ave. and Sicomoro Street. Weekdays from 7p.m. to 9:00p.m. A fee of $30.00 pesos must be paid at the Civil Registry Office between 9:00a.m. and 3:00p.m. You must arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the lecture. Note: A Planned Parenthood lecture from Juarez is valid in Chihuahua City and vice versa.
- Prenuptial medical examination, issued by the local General Hospital, or by another public or private entity of their selection, which should include HIV, V.D.R.L. and blood type, issued no more than 15 days before the marriage takes place.
- If applicants are living together or have children, all of the above requirements still apply, including Steps 5 and 6.
- Photo I.D. and a copy (both sides) for each of the applicants.
- If applicants are divorced or widowed, they should present the corresponding divorce or death certificates and three copies.
- When one or both of the persons marrying is/are under the age of 18, the parents of the minor(s) must present photo I.D. to be able to give their consent and must accompany them first to City Hall to obtain an "Underage Permit" and then to the Civil Registry Office.
- An appointment for the marriage must be scheduled the day before. Bring all the above required documents to the Civil Registry Office from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. Monday through Friday.
If your Cuban spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Mexican Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Mexican citizen.
How long is the Mexican Marriage document valid?
The document is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. If you do not marry your Mexican fiancé within 6 months of the issuance of the Mexican Marriage document, you must apply again with new supporting documents.
List of Mexican Consulates in Canada
The Currency in Mexico is the Peso, but most places in mexico will accept the American dollar.
Calling Mexico from Canada
Format 011 -52- Area Code - TEL #
Area Codes for Major Centres of Mexico
|Cabo San Lucas||624||Irapuato||462||Saltillo||844|
|Campeche||981||Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo||755||San Luis Potosi||444|
|Cancun||998||Ixtapaluca||55||San Nicolas de los Garza||81|
|Ciudad Juarez||656||Matamoros||868||Tlalnepantla de Baz||55|
|Ciudad Lopez Mateos||55||Mazatlan||669||Tlaquepaque||33|
|Ciudad Victoria||834||Mexico City||55||Toluca||722|
|Ensenada||646||Playa del Carmen||984||Zacatecas||492|
|Gomez Palacio||871||Puerto Vallarta||322||Zapopan||33|
Calling Canada from Mexico
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|
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours
Mexico is Ahead or behind
# of Hours
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||+2 hours||+1 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||+1 hours||Same time|
|Saskatchewan||Same time zone||Same time|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)||Same time zone||-1 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||-1 hours||-2 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||-2 hours||-3 hours|
|Newfoundland||-2.5 hours||-4.5 hours|
Emergency Information for Canadians in Mexico
Embassy of Canada in Mexico City
Calle Schiller No.529, Colonia
Telephone: 52(55) 5724-7900
Consular Agency of Canada in Acapulco
Pasaje Diana, Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán 121
L-16, Fracc. Magallanes
Telephone: 52 (744) 484-1305, 481-1349
Consular Agency of Canada in Cabo San Lucas
Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 0.5,
Telephone:52 (624) 142-4333
Consular Agency of Canada in Cancun
Centro Empresarial, Oficina E7
Telephone: 52 (998) 883-3360/883-3361
Consulate of Canada in Guadalajara
World Trade Center, Av. Mariano Otero 1249
Telephone: 52 (33) 3671-4740
Consular Agency of Canada - Mazatlan
Centro Comercial La Marina Business and Life, Blvd. Marina Mazatlán 2302
Telephone: 52 (669) 913-7320
Consulate General of Canada in Monterrey
Torre Gomez Morin 955, Ave. Gomez Morin No. 955
Telephone: 52 (81) 8378-0240
Consular Agency of Canada in Oaxaca
Multiplaza Brena, Pino Suárez 700
Telephone: 52 (951) 513-3777 / 503-0722
Consular Agency of Canada in Playa del Carmen
Plaza Paraíso Caribe, Modulo C, Planta 2, Oficina C21-24
Telephone: 52 (984) 803-2411
Consular Agency of Canada in Puerto Vallarta
Plaza Peninsula, Local Sub F
Telephone: 52 (322) 293-0098 / 293-0099
Consulate of Canada in Tijuana
Germán Gedovius No.10411-101
Telephone: 52 (664) 684-0461
Canadian Government's Travel Alerts for Mexico
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