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.

Processing Time

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.

Please see our pages on family sponsorship and Canadian visitor visa for more information on the processing times of these applications.

 

Costs of the Process

Legal Fees

Our fees are on a case-by-case basis, but Immigroup service fees are usually around $950 for a Mexican Marriage application. Top Priority service for clients who need to marry their Mexican fiancé urgently carries additional costs.

If you do not know where you stand, whether you are eligible to marry a Mexican citizen, or how to proceed contact us for assistance.

 

Government Fees

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.

 

Family Members

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

Embassy in Ottawa

 

Mexican Currency

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

 

capulco 744 Guadalupe 81 Reynosa 899
Aguascalientes 449 Guanajuato 473 Rosarito Beach 661
Apodaca 81 Hermosillo 662 Salamanca 464
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
Celaya 461 Jiutepec 777 Tampico 833
Chihuahua 614 La Paz 612 Tapachula 962
Chimalhuacan 55 Leon 477 Tecate 665
Cihuatlan 315 Los Mochis 668 Tepic 311
Ciudad Jimenez 629 Manzanillo 314 Tijuana 664
Ciudad Juarez 656 Matamoros 868 Tlalnepantla de Baz 55
Ciudad Lopez Mateos 55 Mazatlan 669 Tlaquepaque 33
Ciudad Obregon 644 Mexicali 686 Tlaxcala 246
Ciudad Victoria 834 Mexico City 55 Toluca 722
Coatzacoalcos 921 Merida 999 Tonala 33
Colima 312 Monclova 866 Torreon 871
Comitan 963 Monterrey 81 Tulum 984
Cordoba 271 Morelia 443 Tuxtla Gutierrez 961
Cuautitlan Izcalli 55 Naucalpan 55 Uruapan 452
Cuernavaca 777 Nezahualcoyotl 55 Valparaiso 457
Culiacan 667 Nuevo Laredo 867 Veracruz 229
Durango 618 Oaxaca 951 Villahermosa 993
Ecatepec 55 Pachuca 771 Xalapa-Enriquez 228
Ensenada 646 Playa del Carmen 984 Zacatecas 492
General Escobedo 81 Puebla 222 Zamora 351
Gomez Palacio 871 Puerto Vallarta 322 Zapopan 33
Guadalajara 33 Queretaro 442 Zitacuaro 715

 

Calling Canada from Mexico

Dial 00 + 1 + area code + local number

Area codes of Canada

Province Code Province  Code
Alberta

403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867
BC

236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)

236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)

Ontario

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 zones

Canadian Time Zone

# of Hours

Mexico is Ahead or behind

# of Hours

during DST

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
Polanco, 11580 Mexico, D.F.,
Mexico

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 40-045, 06141 México, D.F., México

Telephone: 52(55) 5724-7900
Fax: 52 (55)5724-7943
E-mail: mxico@international.gc.ca
Website: mexico.gc.ca

Consular District:
Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Estado de Mexico, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Morelos, Mexico City, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luís Potosí, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Zacatecas

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Consular Agency of Canada in Acapulco

Pasaje Diana, Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán 121

L-16, Fracc. Magallanes
39670 Acapulco, Guerrero

Mexico

Telephone: 52 (744) 484-1305, 481-1349
Fax: 52 (744) 484-1306
E-mail: aplco@international.gc.ca

Consular District:
Guerrero, Michoacán

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Consular Agency of Canada in Cabo San Lucas

Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 0.5,
Local 82, Col. El Tezal, 23454 Cabo San Lucas
Baja California Sur
Mexico

Telephone:52 (624) 142-4333
Fax: 52 (624) 142-4262
E-mail: lcabo@international.gc.ca

Consular District:
Baja California Sur

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Consular Agency of Canada in Cancun

Centro Empresarial, Oficina E7
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 12, Zona Hotelera
77599 Cancún, Quintana Roo
Mexico

Telephone: 52 (998) 883-3360/883-3361
Fax: 52 (998) 883-3232
E-mail:cncun@international.gc.ca

Consular Disctrict:
Campeche, Yucatán, Quintana Roo, except coast of Quintana Roo from Puerto Morelos to Tulum, and Cozumel Island

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Consulate of Canada in Guadalajara

World Trade Center, Av. Mariano Otero 1249
Torre Pacifico Piso 8, Col. Rinconada del Bosque
44530 Guadalajara, Jalisco
Mexico

Telephone: 52 (33) 3671-4740
Fax: 52 (33) 3671-4750
E-mail: gjara@international.gc.ca

Consular District:
Jalisco (except for Puerto Vallarta and coastal region)

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Consular Agency of Canada - Mazatlan

Centro Comercial La Marina Business and Life, Blvd. Marina Mazatlán 2302
Office 41, Col. Marina Mazatlán
82103 Mazatlán, Sinaloa
Mexico

Telephone: 52 (669) 913-7320
Fax: 52 (669) 914-6655
E-mail: mztln@international.gc.ca

Consular District:
Sinaloa

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Consulate General of Canada in Monterrey

Torre Gomez Morin 955, Ave. Gomez Morin No. 955
Suite 404, Col. Montebello
66279 San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Léon
Mexico

Telephone: 52 (81) 8378-0240
Fax: 52 (81) 8356-9965
E-mail: monterrey@international.gc.ca

Consular District:
Nuevo León

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Consular Agency of Canada in Oaxaca

Multiplaza Brena, Pino Suárez 700
Local 11 B, Col. Centro
68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Mexico

Telephone: 52 (951) 513-3777 / 503-0722
Fax: 52 (951) 515-2147
E-mail: oxaca@international.gc.ca

Consular District:
Chiapas, Oaxaca

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Consular Agency of Canada in Playa del Carmen

Plaza Paraíso Caribe, Modulo C, Planta 2, Oficina C21-24
Av. 10 Sur entre Calle 3 y 5 Sur, M-35
Lote 1, Colonia Centro
77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Mexico

Telephone: 52 (984) 803-2411
Fax: 52 (984) 803-2665
E-mail: crmen@international.gc.ca

Consular District:
Coast of Quintana Roo, from Puerto Morelos to Tulum, and Cozumel Island

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Consular Agency of Canada in Puerto Vallarta

Plaza Peninsula, Local Sub F
Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio 2485, Zona Hotelera Norte
48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Mexico

Telephone: 52 (322) 293-0098 / 293-0099
Fax: 552 (322) 293-2894
E-mail: pvrta@international.gc.ca/p>

Consular District:
Coast of Jalisco, including Puerto Vallarta, and states of Colima and Nayarit

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Consulate of Canada in Tijuana

Germán Gedovius No.10411-101
Condominio del Parque, Zona Río
22320 Tijuana, Baja California Norte
Mexico

Telephone: 52 (664) 684-0461
Fax: 52 (664) 684-0301
E-mail: tjuna@international.gc.ca

Consular District:
Baja California, Sonora

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