Marriage to a Macedonian Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Macedonian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.
If you want to bring your Macedonian 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.
If you file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Macedonian 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.
Macedonian Marriage Basic Requirements
In order to marry a citizen of Macedonia, you must demonstrate to the Macedonia government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:
- Proof of country of birth
- Proof of single status
- Proof of age requirement
Macedonian Marriage Ceremony
Marriage in Macedonia is a function of the Macedonian civil authorities. Canadian citizens should contact a Macedonian Registrar’s Office (Matichna sluzba) for detailed information.
If a Canadian citizen marries a Macedonian citizen in Macedonia, s/he needs to obtain the following documents (required by the Macedonian authorities):
- Valid passport
- Birth Certificate (issued within the last 6 months);
- Sworn Statement for free marital status including a statement that no impediments exist to the marriage.
- If one spouse is widowed, an original or certified copy of death certificate of former spouse(s)
- If one spouse is divorced, an original final decree or a certified copy. A certified translation of all documents may be required.
- If one spouse is a minor, a statement executed by a parent or legal guardian and signed by a notary public giving consent in accordance with the laws of Canada, is required.
- The sworn statement can be obtained in the Consular Section of the Canadian Embassy in Serbia.
- A licensed court translator must translate the documents into Macedonian language.
Upon presentation of these documents to the Registrar clerk, s/he will set the date for the wedding ceremony.
The Canadian citizen is not subject to a residency requirement if s/he marries a Macedonian citizen.
If the Canadian citizen marries a foreigner in Macedonia, both of them are not subject to a waiting residency period.
At the time of the marriage ceremony the couple is obliged to bring a licensed court translator, as well as two witnesses. Witnesses should have their passports or Macedonian identification cards with them.
Only the civil marriage ceremony is a fully recognized legal marriage in the country.
List of Macedonian Consulates in Canada
Calling Macedonia from Canada
011 - 389- Area Code / Cell Code - local number, where
- 011 is the exit code for Canada
- 389 is the country code for Macedonia
Area Codes of Macedonia (landlines only)
Do not dial the 0 when calling from another country. See below for the specific municipalities.
Cell phone codes by provider:
- Alo: 73
- One: 75, 76
- T-Mobile: 70, 71, 72
- VIP: 77, 78
Calling Canada from Macedonia
00 - 1 - Area Code - local number
Area Codes of Canada
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|
Macedonia is on Central European Time (GMT+1). Macedonia observes Daylight Saving Time but remember if calling in late March or October that the Europeans change their clocks a week differently than we do, so the time differences below briefly do not apply. In Saskatchewan, DST is not observed, so the time difference is 1 hour greater in the summer.
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours Macedonia is Ahead
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||9 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, 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 Macedonia
Consulate of Canada in Skopje
Blagoj Davkov No. 2/1
Telephone: 389 (2) 3225-630
Emergency Numbers in Macedonia
|195||Center for Announcements and Dangers|
|196||AMSM - Help on the roads|
Canadian Government's Travel Alerts for Macedonia
Sponsoring Your Macedonian Spouse to Canada
The two-stage sponsorship process is long and can be difficult. To learn more about it, click the button below:
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