Marrying and Sponsoring a Burmese Citizen

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  • Located in Southeastern Asia bordering Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal in between Bangladesh and Thailand
  • The weather in Burma is very diverse from tropical monsoons to rain to heat. Burma is also cloudy, humid summers, the Southwest monsoon starts from June to September. The winters are less humid during the Northeast monsoon which starts from December to April.
  • Burma is very vulnerable to earthquakes and cyclones. Flooding and landslides are also prevalent especially during the rainy season from June to September, another natural disaster is draught


Marriage to a Burmese Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Burmese citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.

If you want to bring your Burmese 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.


Processing Time

If you file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Burmese 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.

Please see our pages on family sponsorship and Canadian visitor visa for more information on the processing times of these applications.


Myanma Marriage Basic Requirements

In order to marry a citizen of Myanmar, you must demonstrate to the Myanmar government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:

  • Proof of country of birth
  • Proof of single status
  • Proof of age requirement

Burmese Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to a Burmese citizen can legally take place in Myanmar, 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 Burmese spouse. To learn more about ceremony customs, see below.


Family Members

If your Burmese spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Myanmar Marriage document application.

If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Burmese citizen.


List of Myanma Consulates in Canada

Embassy in Ottawa


Calling Myanmar from Canada

Dial 011 – 95 – area code – local number

List of Area Codes of major centres in Myanmar

Bassein 42 Meiktila 64 Prome 53
Magwe 63 Mawlamyine 57 Sittwe 43
Mandalay 2 Pegu 52 Yangon 1

Cellular phone numbers use the code 9.


Calling Canada from Myanmar

Dial 00 – 1 – area code – local number

List of Canadian Area Codes

Province Code Province  Code
Alberta 403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867
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
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902


Time Difference

Myanmar Standard Time is GMT+6:30. Myanmar does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Myanmar is Ahead # of Hours during DST
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 14.5 hours 13.5 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 13.5 hours 12.5 hours
Saskatchewan 12.5 hours 12.5 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 12.5 hours 11.5 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 11.5 hours 10.5 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 10.5 hours 9.5 hours
Newfoundland 10 hours 9 hours


Emergency Information for Canadians in Myanmar

Embassy of Australia in Yangon

88 Strand Road

Telephone: 95 (1) 251-810
Fax: 95 (1) 246-159
E-mail: No Email

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Embassy of Canada in Bangkok

15th Floor, Abdulrahim Place
990 Rama IV
Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500n

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 2090, Bangkok, Thailand, 10501

Telephone: 66 (0) 2646-4300
Fax: 66 (0) 2646-4345
E-mail: [email protected]


The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Myanmar


Sponsoring Your Burmese Spouse to Come to Canada

The sponsorship process is complicated and time-consuming. To learn more about all aspects of it, click the button below:

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Sponsorship Review

Immigroup will review your completed spousal sponsorship application. . Immigroup will make sure you have not made any mistakes on your application or in gathering the documentation of your relationship. We will assess your sponsorship letter and give you peace of mind that you are submitting an application with a very good chance of success. Don’t lose sleep at night worrying about whether you’ve done enough. Call us at 1-866-760-2623 for a review.

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