Marriage to a Nigerian Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Nigerian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.
If you want to bring your Nigerian 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.
Once the necessary documents are gathered, it usually takes the Nigerian government up to 3 weeks to authenticate the documents.
If you then file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Nigerian 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.
Nigerian Marriage Basic Requirements
The following is a guideline on how to register a marriage in the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Nigerian law. Please note that Nigerian authorities do not usually require citizens of some countries like Australia to provide a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) when registering a marriage.
- Marriage is registered at a local public registry, which requires a Letter of Marriage Intention and payment of a fee of Naira 2,000.
- A person under 18 years of age, who wishes to register a marriage, is required to present a letter of consent from his or her parents.
- The registry will display the Letter of Marriage Intention for 21 days on a public notice board.
- Provided that no objection to the intended marriage is made during the 21 day period, a couple may then register their marriage.
- Birth certificates or official documents showing the ages of the couple are required together with the results of HIV and genotype tests.
- A divorcee must produce a divorce certificate, while a widow or a widower is required to present the death certificate of the late spouse.
- A marriage registrar may witness the exchange of oaths by the couple.
If your Nigerian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Nigerian Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Nigerian citizen.
List of Nigerian Consulates in Canada
Calling Nigeria from Canada
011 - 234 - Area Code - local number
Cell numbers begin with 8
Calling Canada from Nigeria
009 - 1 - Area Code - local number
- 009- Exit code for Nigeria, and is needed for making any international call from Nigeria
- 1 - ISD Code or Country Code 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|
Nigeria is on West Africa Time (GMT+1). Nigeria does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours Nigeria is Ahead
# of Hours during DST
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||9 hours||8 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||8 hours||7 hours|
|Saskatchewan||7 hours||7 hours|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)||7 hours||6 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||6 hours||5 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||5 hours||4 hours|
|Newfoundland||4.5 hours||3.5 hours|
Emergency Information for Canadians in Nigeria
High Commission of Canada in Abuja
15 Bobo Street (off Gana Street)
Telephone: 234 (09) 461-2900
Deputy High Commission of Canada in Lagos
4 Anifowoshe Street
Telephone: 234 (1) 271-5650
Consulate of Canada in Port Harcourt
15 Ahoada Street Rumuibekwe Housing Estate
Telephone: 234 (84) 890 903; 234 (806) 399 7054
Canadian Government's Travel Alerts for Nigeria
Sponsoring a Nigerian Spouse to Canada
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