Marriage to a Ugandan Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Ugandan 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

Processing Time

If you file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Ugandan 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.


Ugandan Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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


Ugandan Marriage Ceremony

Registration of marriages in Uganda is governed by the following laws:

  1. marriage act cap 251 laws of Uganda for the celebration of monogamous marriages 
  2. customary marriage (registration) act cap 248 that makes provision for the registration of customary marriages
  3. Hindu marriage and divorce act cap 250 that regulates the marriage of and provide for matrimonial causes between Hindus and persons of allied religions.
  4. Marriage and divorce of Mohammedans act cap 252 that relates to the marriage and divorce of Muslims.

Marriages and divorces of Muslims are celebrated between persons professing the Islamic religion according to the rites and observances of Mohammed. The marriage act ceases to apply to persons that elect to conduct a Muslim marriage.

Hindu marriages and divorces are solemnized between Hindus or persons of allied religions like Buddhists of Indian origin, Jains or Sikhs and are solemnized in accordance with the customary rites and ceremonies of either party to the marriage.

Where customary marriages are celebrated to the rites of an African community and one of the parties is a member to that community, they should be registered with the Sub County or town clerk of their respective marriage districts.

Monogamous marriages under the marriage act can only be celebrated in the office of the registrar or a licensed building of a place of worship belonging to a church, denomination or body.



List of Ugandan Consulates in Canada

Embassy in Ottawa


Consulate of Canada in Uganda

Consulate of Canada in Kampala

jubilee Insurance Centre
14 Parliament Ave,
Kampala, Uganda

Telephone: 256(414)258-141 or 348-141
Fax: 256(414)349-484


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High Commission of Canada in Nairobi

Limuru Road, Gigiri,

Telephone: 254(20)366-3000
Fax: 254(20)366-3900


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Calling Uganda from Canada

011 - 256 - Area Code - TEL #

Calling Canada from Uganda

000 - 1 - Area Code - TEL #

Follow the dialling format shown above while calling Canada from Uganda.

  • 000- Exit code for Uganda, and is needed for making any international call from Uganda
  • 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

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours
Ukraine is Ahead
# of Hours
during DST
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 11 hours 10 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunavut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 10 hours 9 hours
Saskatchewan 10 hours 10 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 9 hours 8hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 8 hours 7 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec 7 hours  
6 hours
Newfoundland 6.5 hours 5.5 hours


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