Marriage to an Algerian Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to an Algerian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Algerian government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Algerians as an indirect way of discouraging Algerian citizens from moving to other countries.
To learn more, contact the Algerian Embassy.
If you want to bring your Algerian 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.
Algerian Marriage Basic Requirements
In order for a Canadian to marry in Algeria, under Algerian law, he or she will need the following documents:
- Original of Birth Certificates for both parties to the marriage (No12 for Algerian National)
- Residence certificate: For a Canadian National, this document is issued at the local police station. But first you will need to register at the Embassy and get a registration certificate from the Canadian Embassy
- Copies of ID cards for Algerians/ Passport for Canadians
- Medical certificates (Forms will be available at the Mairie)
- Authorization from the Wilaya ie Prefecture (Bureaux des etrangers ie Foreigners office, address below for Algiers) where you reside. Be aware that your fiancè will need to go in person at the information desk to get more details as information will not be given by telephone.Wilaya of Algiers:
20 Boulevard Zirout Youcef, Algiers (Next to Essafir Hotel)
Bureau Des Etrangers. Tel:021 73 00 73
- Certificate of No impediment (requested by the wilaya): For the Canadian National, this document can be issued either at a registry office in Canada or from the Canadian Embassy Consular section. To apply for this you need to provide:
- Your Canadian Passport.
- Your original full Birth certificate or a certified copy.
- If applicable, evidence of termination of any previous marriages ( decree absolute/death certificate).
- To have resided in Algeria for at least 21 days before notice of intention to marry is given (stamp on passport or flight ticket as evidence)
- To complete a notice of marriage and swear an affidavit in front of the consular officer.
The consular officer taking this notice will post it on the public notice board for a further 21 clear days. If no objection is raised during the publication of the notice, the certificate of no impediment (CNI) can be issued.
If you decide to get the Certificate of No Impediment in Algiers, this means you will have to be in Algeria for a minimum of 43 days. You will either have to have a 90 day Algerian visa or, if your visa is only for 30 days, you will need to extend it, before it expires, at the Wilaya offices where you are staying.
Algerian Marriage Ceremony
The marriage ceremony to an Algerian citizen can legally take place in Algeria, Canada, or any other country as long as both parties have the necessary visas to enter this country legally. This marriage can then be recognized when applying for a permanent residence or a visitor visa for your Algerian spouse. To learn more about cereomny customs, see below.
If your Algerian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Algerian Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry an Algerian citizen.
How long is the Algerian Marriage document valid?
The document is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. If you do not marry your Algerian fiancé within 6 months of the issuance of the Algerian Marriage document, you must apply again with new supporting documents.
List of Algerian Consulates in Canada
Calling Algeria from Canada
Dial 011 – 213 – area code or cell code – local number, where
- 011 is the exit code for the North American Numbering Plan
- 213 is the country code for Algeria
- See below for the area and cell codes
Area Codes of Algeria (landlines only)
|Ain Defla||27||Chlef||27||Mascara||45||Sidi Belabbes||48|
|Bordj bouariridj||35||Jijel||34||Relizane||46||Tizi ouzou||26|
Cellular Codes by Provider:
- Djezzy: 7
- Mobilis: 6
- Nedjma: 5
Calling Canada from Algeria
Dial 00 – 1 – area code – local number
List of Canada Area Codes
|Alberta||403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
|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|
|Nova Scotia||782 / 902|
Algeria is on Central European Time (GMT+1). Algeria does not participate in Daylight Saving Time.
|Canadian Time Zone||# of Hours Algeria is Ahead||# of Hours during DST|
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||9 hours||8 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||8 hours||7 hours|
|Saskatchewan||7 hours||7 hours|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)||7 hours||6 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||6 hours||5 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||5 hours||4 hours|
|Newfoundland||4.5 hours||4.5 hours|
Emergency Information for Canadians in Algeria
Embassy of Canada in Algiers
18 Mustapha Khalef St.
Postal Address: P.O. Box 48, Alger-Gare, 16306, Algeria
Telephone: 213 (0) 770-083-000
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Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Algeria
Sponsoring an Algerian to Canada
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