Marriage to a Senegalese Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Senegalese citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. 

If you want to bring your Senegalese 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


Senegalese Marriage Basic Requirements

Documents Required

  1. One copy of both the bride and groom's birth certificate issued within three months bearing the words “issued in anticipation of marriage.” 
  2. One form of identification and copy for both the bride and groom.  Valid identification includes a passport, a driver’s license, or an identity card.
  3. One witness for each the bride and groom, and a copy of their identification documents.
  4. Publication of the banns for fifteen days (the local authorities post it on a bulletin board located at the City Hall).


Applications for marriage and the publication of the banns are normally done at “La Mairie,” or Town Hall.  The actual marriage ceremony can be held anywhere, with most civil ceremonies performed at the l’Hotel de Ville.  Prospective couples should apply and post their banns a minimum of fifteen days before the intended ceremony.  


Family Members

If your Senegalese spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Senegalese Marriage document application.

If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Senegalese citizen.


List of Senegalese Consulates in Canada

Embassy in Ottawa


Calling Senegal from Canada

011 - 221 - Prefix - Area Code - local number, where

  • 011 is the exit code from the North American Numbering Plan (NANP)
  • 221 is the country code for Senegal
  • There are only two area codes in Senegal:

Prefixes (by provider)

Provider Landline Cell
Expresso 30 70
Sentel No landlines 76
Sonatel 33 77

Area Codes:

  • Dakar: 8
  • Everywhere else: 9


Calling Canada from Senegal

00 - 1 - Area Code - local number

  • 00- Exit code for Slovenia, and is needed for making any international call from Senegal
  • 1 - ISD Code or Country Code of Canada

Canadian Area Codes by Region

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

Senegal is on Western European Time (GMT+1). Senegal does not observe Daylight Saving Time due to its proximity to the equator.

Canadian Time Zone

# of Hours Senegal is Ahead

# of Hours during DST

Pacific (BC, Yukon) 8 hours 7 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunavut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 7 hours 6 hours
Saskatchewan 6 hours 6 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 6 hours 5 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 5 hours 4 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 4 hours 3 hours
Newfoundland 3.5 hours 2.5 hours


Emergency Information for Canadians in Senegal

Embassy of Canada in Dakar

corner of Galliéni and Amadou Cissé Dia Streets

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 3373, Dakar, Senegal

Telephone: 221 33 889 4700
Fax: 221 33 889 4720

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Travel Alerts from the Government of Canada for Senegal


Sponsoring Your Senegalese Spouse to Canada

The sponsorship application process is long and can be difficult. To learn more about it, click the button below:

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