Marriage to a Surinamer Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Surinamer 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


Surinamer Marriage Basic Requirements

In order to marry a citizen of Surinamer, you must demonstrate to the Surinamer government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:

  • Proof of country of birth
  • Proof of single status
  • Proof of age requirement


Marrying in Suriname

If you are planning to marry your spouse from Suriname in Suriname and sponsor him or her to Canada, then you have come to the right place. This page provides basic details that as a Canadian you need to know before traveling to Suriname to marry your spouse of a Suriname national and sponsor him or her for permanent residency

Legal documents needed to get married in Suriname

  • You need a valid passport
  • A legal birth certificate
  • Proof of unmarried status
  • Original divorce decree or death certificate (if applicable)
  • The ceremony has to be performed by an official of the Civil Registry
  • Two witnesses present at the ceremony
  • Total cost is US $8.00
  • At least one day of residency status


Surinamer Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to a Surinamer citizen can legally take place in Suriname, Canada, or any other country as long as both parties have the necessary visas to enter this country legally. This marriage can then be recognized when applying for a permanent residence or a visitor visa for your Surinamer spouse. To learn more about ceremony customs, see below.


Family Members

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

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



The Currency for Suriname is the Surinamese dollar.

List of Surinamer Consulates in Canada

Consulate General in Toronto

Consulate of Canada in Suriname


High Commission of Canada in Georgetown

High and Young Streets

Telephone: (592)227-2081 or;2082;2083;2084;2085
Fax: (592) 225-8380 E-mail: Website:


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To call Suriname from Canada, dial:

011 - 597- Area Code - TEL #

The format should be as follows dial 011 + 597 + phone number

To call Canada from Suriname

00- 1 - Area Code - TEL #

Follow the dialing format shown above while calling Canada from Suriname.

00- Exit code for Suriname, and is needed for making any international call from Suriname

1 - ISD Code or Country Code 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 Difference with Canada

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Canadian Time Zone # of Hours
Suriname is Ahead or behind
# of Hours
during DST
Pacific (BC, Yukon) +5 hours +4 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunavut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) +4 hours +3 hours
Saskatchewan +4 hours +4 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) +3 hours +2 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) +2 hours +1 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec +1 hours 0 hours
Newfoundland +30 mins -30 mins


Information for Canadians travelling to Suriname


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