Marriage to a Luxembourger Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Luxembourger citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.
If you want to bring your Luxembourg 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 an Electronic Travel Authorization. For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our eTA article.
If you file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Luxembourger spouse or partner, this application takes an average of 10-12 months.
An eTA for your spouse or partner to visit you in Canada while the sponsorship applications are processing will be available instantaneously if approved.
Luxembourger Marriage Basic Requirements
Marriages are performed by the registrar at the city hall and open to the public. A church marriage may be performed after the civil ceremony; it is not required by law. A church marriage may not be performed before the civil marriage.
- The groom must be at least 18 years old and the bride 16 years old; minor brides must obtain parental consent.
- Any previous marriage must be dissolved.
- At least one of the contracting parties must be a resident of Luxembourg.
- If a child was born before the marriage, the father has to recognize it before the civil marriage, otherwise the child will not be considered as legitimate.
- The civil marriage can only be performed in the city hall of the district (as defined by the administration communale) where one or both of the parties are resident.
Publication of the marriage banns
- According to Luxembourg law, marriage banns must be published for a consecutive period of ten days at the city hall where the couple is resident, or if contracting parties are residing in two different districts, in the corresponding city halls.
- The registrar will only proceed with the publication of the banns if one of the contracting parties applies in person at the registrar’s office and submits required documentation.
- The registrar will review it and, if complete, set a date for the civil marriage ceremony, at the earliest on the 11th day after publication of the marriage banns.
- The marriage has to take place within one year after the publication of the banns, or a new publication has to be made.
Required documentation for the civil ceremony
- ‘Certificat prénuptial’: health certificate issued by a recognized Luxembourg physician, after having reviewed results from the blood test and the tuberculin test.
For the blood test contact the Luxembourg Red Cross:
42 boulevard Joseph II
Phone: 450202 1
The tuberculin test is done at the Centre Médico-Social
2 rue George C. Marshall
Phone: 48 83 33 1
- A certified copy of the birth certificate (issued within the last three months if issued in Luxembourg and within the last six months if issued abroad).
- A certificate of residence established at the ‘administration communale’ of place of residence
- A certificate of celibacy
- Other documents may be required depending on the person’s personal circumstances, (e.g. divorce decrees, death certificate of former spouse). The registrar at the city hall can provide necessary information.
- The married couple will receive a ‘livret de famille’ (family book), which is an official marriage certificate and in which common children will be recorded.
- In Luxembourg, the bride will keep her maiden name even after marriage.
If your Luxembourg spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Luxembourger Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Luxembourger citizen.
List of Luxembourger Consulates in Canada
Calling Luxembourg from Canada
011 - 352- (cell prefix if dialling a cell) - local number, where
- 011 is the exit code for North America
- 352 is the country code for Luxembourg
- If you are dialling a landline, there is no area code
- Cell phones use the prefix 6x1
There are no area codes in Luxembourg. To call a landline, just dial the country code and then the number.
Cellular codes by provider:
- LuxGSM: 621
- Orange Luxembourg: 661
- Tango Mobile: 691
To dial a Luxembourger cell from Canada dial 011 - 352 - 6x1 - local number
Calling Canada from Luxembourg
00 - 1 - Area Code - local number, where
- 00 is the international dialling code
- 1 is the country code for Canada
List of Canadian Area Codes
403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
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|
418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)
438 / 514 (Montreal)
450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)
819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)
|Newfoundland and Labrador||709||Saskatchewan||306 / 639|
|Nova Scotia||782 / 902|
Luxembourg is on Central European Time (GMT+1). Luxembourg observes Daylight Saving Time; however Europe changes their clocks one week apart from Canada, so for brief periods in March and October, the below time differences are not applicable. Saskatchewan does not participate in DST so add an extra hour to the time difference in the summer.
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours Thailand is Ahead
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||9 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunavut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||8 hours|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan)||7 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||6 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||5 hours|
Emergency Information for Canadians in Luxembourg
Consulate of Canada in Luxembourg
15 rue Guillaume Schneider
Telephone: 352 26 270 570
Embassy of Canada in Brussels
Avenue de Tervuren 2
Telephone: 32 (2) 741-0611
The Government of Canada's Travel Alerts for Luxembourg
Sponsoring Your Luxembourger Spouse to Canada
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