Using the Government Directly
Please be aware that if you are filing your application yourself, you should do an extensive amount of research before proceeding. Please call Citizenship and Immigration Canada to learn more and visit the Sponsorship pages to learn about everything you need to do to get your spouse to Canada. The information can be found on Citizenship Immigration Canada’s website.
Marriage to a Bahraini Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Bahraini citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Bahraini government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Bahrainis as an indirect way of discouraging Bahraini citizens from moving to other countries.
To find out more about marrying in Bahrain, contact the Bahraini Embassy.
If you want to bring your Bahraini 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.
Bahraini Marriage Basic Requirements
The ministry of Justice in Bahrain requires a no objection certificate from the Canadian embassy before a couple can get married in the country.
It takes 21 days in order for a marriage bann to be issued.
Bahraini Marriage Ceremony
The marriage ceremony to a Bahraini citizen can legally take place in Bahrain, 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 Bahraini spouse. To learn more about cereomny customs, see below.
If your Bahraini spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Bahraini Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Bahraini citizen.
How long is the Bahraini Marriage document valid?
The document is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. If you do not marry your Bahraini fiancé within 6 months of the issuance of the Bahraini Marriage document, you must apply again with new supporting documents.
List of Bahraini Consulates in Canada
- Located in the middle east in the Persian Gulf
- The climate is arid, mild and pleasant winters. The summers are very hot and humid, the country is mostly desert with low escarpment. Desert storms and droughts are very common.
- The country code is 973 so dial 011 – 973 – area code – local number
Canadian Embassy in Bahrain
Al Jasrah Tower, 12th floor
Building No. 95, Road 1702
Block 37, Diplomatic Area
P.O. Box 2397
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Telephone: +973 17 536 270
Fax: +973 17 532 342
Email: [email protected]