Marriage to an Emirian Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Emirian 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.

 

Emirian Marriage Basic Requirements

It is possible to get married in the United Arab Emirates at churches and under Sharia law in the courts.  There are no civil ceremonies performed in the UAE.  See the links below for specific information on getting married in Abu Dhabi or Dubai and the Northern Emirates.  The Embassies conduct marriages in only very rare circumstances. 

Certificate of No Impediment (CNI)

If you are getting married in a church in Dubai or the Northern Emirates you will need to provide a Certificate of No-Impediment.  If you are getting married in a church in Abu Dhabi you will need to provide a declaration that you are free and single to marry.  The Embassy can help you with this.

For the CNI you must come to the Embassy in Dubai to post your bans.  You will need to give notice that you intend to marry. You will need to bring with you:

  • Both applicants’ passports with UAE visas or entry stamps (at least one applicant must have been in the UAE for 21 days)
  • Proof of your physical, residential address (eg Utility bill, tenancy contract.  If these are in your company's name please bring a letter from your company to say where you reside.
  • Original Canadian divorce documents (if divorced in another country, further documentation may be required: staff will advise at the time of application)

You will swear an oath to the effect that there is no impediment to your marriage. The notice is displayed in the Consulate for 21 days and if no legal impediment to the marriage has been shown to exist, the certificate is issued. 

In Abu Dhabi, to make the declaration that you are free and single to marry you must come to the Embassy between 8am and 11am and swear the declaration in front of an officer.  The required declaration will be given to you on that day.

 

Family Members

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

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

 

List of Emirian Consulates in Canada

Embassy in Ottawa

 

Information for Canadians in the United Arab Emirates

Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Trade Towers (Abu Dhabi Mall)

West Tower, 9th Floor
AbuDhabi

United Arab Emirates

Telephone: (971) 694-0300
Fax: (971) 694-0399

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: canadainternational.gc.ca/uae-eau/

 

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Consulate General of Canada in Dubai

19th floor,Jumeriah Emirates Towers
Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai,
United Arab Emirates

Telephone: 971(4)404-8444
Fax: 971(4)314-5556/5557

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: canadainternational.gc.ca/uae-eau

 

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Currency

How to call Canada from United Arab Emirates

00 - 1 - Area Code - TEL #

Follow the dialing format shown above while calling Canada from United Arab Emirates.

  • 00 - Exit code for United Arab Emirates , and is needed for making any international call from United Arab Emirates 

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

 

 

Calling United Arab Emirates from Canada

011 - 971 - Area Code - TEL #

The format should be as follows 011 + 971 + phone number

Time Difference with Canada

Canadian Time Zone

# of Hours

UAE is Ahead

# of Hours

during DST

Pacific (BC, Yukon)

12 hours

11 hours

Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)

11 hours

10 hours

Saskatchewan

11 hours

11 hours

Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)

10 hours

9 hours

Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)

9 hours

8 hours

Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)

 

Nova Scotia                                                                                                    

8 hours

 

 

8 hours

7 hours

 

 

 7 hours

Newfoundland

7.5 hours

6.5 hours

 

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