Marriage to a Syrian Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Syrian 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


Syrian Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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


Syrian Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to a Syrian citizen can legally take place in Syria, 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 Syrian spouse. To learn more about ceremony customs, see below.


Family Members

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

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


List of Syrian Consulates in Canada

Embassy in Ottawa

Marriage Certificate

Documents required before getting a Syrian marriage certificate


Documents from the Syrian

  • A record from the relevant secretariat of the civil register
  • A marriage license from the relevant recruitment section
  • Photocopy Syrian ID
  • Marriage certificate application with a 3 Syrian Pounds stamp attached.


Documents from the Canadian

  • Original certificate or record from his/her country, translated into Arabic approved and endorsed by the Syrian embassy in their home country and by the Syrian Foreign Ministry
  • Documented results of a negative test for HIV/AIDS
  • Photocopy of the passport or a translation of the foreign name (the original name before marriage should be written in block capital Latin letters)
  • Photocopy of the marriage certificate translated into Arabic and approved by the Syrian embassy in the country where the certificate was issued and by the Syrian Foreign Ministry.

Marriage documents should be submitted to the secretary of the civil register where the event has taken place within 15 days of becoming effective in the centre of the secretariat of the civil register, and 30 days if the event has occurred outside that centre.

 After the legal period expires, the person concerned is liable to a fine of 10 Syrian Pounds in the form of a stamp.

The day when the certificate becomes effective is not calculated within the legal period. If a document is submitted within the legal period, but its registration was delayed because of the verification process, there is no penalty. 

The civil registrar must mention the date of reference clearly to prove that it has been submitted within the legal period, and record it.



The official currency of Syria is the Syrian Pound abbreviated as SYP.  Currencies such as the USD, CAD, GBP or Euro cannot be bought from Syrian banks or exchange companies.

The black market is the only source of foreign currencies available in Syria for those who want to travel abroad.

The maximum amount that is allowed to be taken out of Syrian is 3,000 USD per flight per year. Any amount exceeding that is confiscated by the authorities and the traveler risks spending a long time in what is called "economic affairs court".


Requirement for a Syrian marraige Visa

  • Passport (must be valid for six months on submission and have at least 2 blank pages)
  • 2 colored passport photos
  • 2 visa forms (for each of the couple) to be completed and signed


Other required documents

  • Letter from current employer confirming employment and current position
  • For students, a letter from university or a photocopy university ID card
  • For unemployed applicants, please provide us with a letter from the job centre or a letter of the benefits that you receive


Bussiness travels

  • A business card
  • Copy of latest bank statement with name, company name and address
  • A letter stating nature of business and your role
  • A copy of self-assessment form from HM Revenue & Customs
  • Utility bill with your  name and home address


Syrian Consulate in Canada

Syrian Consulate General in Montreal

116-235 Cote-Vertu Street
Saint-Laurent,Quebec H4N 1C8

Telephone:(+1) (514) 744-0084
Fax: (+1) (514) 331-9412

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Canadian Embassy in Syria

There is no resident Canadian government office in Syria. The Embassy of Canada in Beirut, Lebanon has consular responsibility for Syria.

1st Floor, Coolrite building,

43 Jal El Dib Highway
Seaside, Beirut

Telephone: 961(4)726-700
Fax: 961 (4) 726-702 E-mail: Website:


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Calling Syria from Canada

-The exit code for Canada is 011

-The country code for Syria is 963

-Dial 011 – 963 – area code – local numbers


Calling Canada from Syria

-The international code is 00

-The country code for Canada is 1

-Dial 00 – 1 – area code – local number

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

The time zone for Syria is UTC/GMT +2

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours
Syria is Ahead
# of Hours
during DST
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 10 hours 9 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunavut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 9 hours 8 hours
Saskatchewan 9 hours 9 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 8 hours 7 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 7 hours 6 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec 6 hours 5 hours
Newfoundland 5.5 hours 4.5 hours


Information for Canadians travelling to Syria


Sponsoring your Syrian Spouse

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