Marriage to a Paraguayan Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Paraguayan citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.
If you want to bring your Paraguayan 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.
Paraguayan Marriage Basic Requirements
In order to marry a citizen of Paraguay, you must demonstrate to the Paraguayan government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:
- Proof of country of birth
- Proof of single status
- Proof of age requirement
Paraguayan Marriage Ceremony
As in Canada, marriages in Paraguay can be contracted in a civil or religious ceremony. Civil weddings are performed at the Juzgado de Paz by a Paraguayan official known as “Juez de Paz”. The Juzgado de Paz offices are located throughout Paraguay and are plentiful in large cities. Your first step should be to contact an Official to discuss required documents and other procedures. Alternatively, you or your fiancé(e) can call or visit one in person.
- The Juez de Paz will likely require certified copies of both spouses' birth certificates. For birth certificates issued in Canada, you will need to obtain a Spanish-language translation of the document and they must be legalized.
- Both spouses will also be asked to present proof that they are eligible to marry -- in other words, that they are not currently married. For a Paraguayan citizen, this is a relatively simple matter of requesting a copy of his or her civil registration, a document issued by the Paraguayan Civil Registry (Registro Civil Central) that indicates marital status.
Religious weddings in Paraguay are handled by individual religious officials and involve similar documentary procedures, along with additional religious requirements. For further details about religious weddings in Paraguay, you or your fiancé should contact the religious organization that will perform the ceremony.
List of Paraguayan Consulates in Canada
Calling Paraguay from Canada
011 - 595 - local number
Paraguay does not use area codes any more.
Cell phone numbers begin with the digit 9.
Calling Canada from Paraguay
00 - PQR - 1 - Area Code - local number
- 00- Exit code for Paraguay, and is needed for making any international call from Paraguay
- PQR is the international call provider code necessary to make an international code from inside Paraguay
- 1 - ISD Code or Country Code of Canada
List of 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|
Paraguay Standard Time is the same as Atlantic Standard Time. Paraguay observes Daylight Saving Time, but because it is located in the Southern Hemisphere, calculating the time difference can be complicated.
|Canadian Time Zone||Time of Year||
First Sunday in October to First Sunday in November and Second Sunday in March to Last Sunday in March
|March-October (Canada DST)|
|Pacific||Paraguay is 4 hours ahead||5 hours ahead||3 hours ahead|
|Mountain||Paraguay is 3 hours ahead||4 hours ahead||2 hours ahead|
|Saskatchewan||Paraguay is 3 hours ahead||3 hours ahead||2 hours ahead|
|Central||Paraguay is 2 hours ahead||3 hours ahead||1 hour ahead|
|Eastern||Paraguay is 1 hour ahead||2 hours ahead||Same Time|
|Atlantic||Same Time||1 hour ahead||1 hour behind|
|Newfoundland||Paraguay is 30 minutes behind||30 minutes behind||90 minutes behind|
Emergency Information for Canadians in Paraguay
Consulate of Canada in Asunción
3 Profesor Ramírez at Juan de Salazar
Telephone: 595 (21) 227-207
Embassy of Canada in Buenos Aires
Telephone: 54 (11) 4808-1000
Canadian Government's Travel Alerts for Paraguay
Sponsoring Your Paraguayan Spouse to Come to Canada
The sponsorship application process is long and can be frustrating. To learn more about it, click the button below:
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