Marrying and Sponsoring a Cameroonian

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  • Located in Central Africa bordering the Bight of Biafra between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria
  • The weather in Cameroon is tropical along the Coast and semi-arid and hot in the North
  • Natural hazards in Cameroon are a volcanic activity that is responsible for the release of poisonous gases from Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun


Marriage to a Cameroonian Citizen

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

Foreigners must apply for official permission from the Cameroonian government to marry a citizen of Cameroonian. You must demonstrate to Cameroonian officials that they are not currently married to anyone else – either you have never been married, or all divorces are finalized – that your identity is proven and that you have never committed any crimes in Cameroon. This is done by providing various documents, including an Affidavit of Single Status, to the Cameroonian government either in Cameroon or via a Cameroonian embassy.

If you want to bring your Cameroonian 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.


Cameroonian Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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

Cameroonian Marriage Ceremony

If a couple wants to travel to Cameroon to wed, they are required to fulfill these conditions:

  • Birth certificates for both
  • Divorce decree if divorced
  • Passports for both
  • Death certificate if widowed
  • Single status declaration sworn at a solicitor’s office stating one is single and fit to marry
  • Parental consent in the form of a legal document in the case of the Cameroonian spouse being under 21 years
  • Residence permit or visa in Cameroon for at least 1 month

Family Members

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

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

How long is the Cameroonian Marriage document valid?

The document is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. If you do not marry your Cameroonian fiancé within 6 months of the issuance of the Cameroonian Marriage document, you must apply again with new supporting documents.

List of Cameroonian Consulates in Canada

Calling Cameroon from Canada

The calling code for Cameroon is 237 to call you would dial 011 – 237 – local number as Cameroon does not have area codes. Most landlines in Cameroon begin with either a 2 or a 3 and are 8 digits long.


Calling Canada from Cameroon

Diall 00 – 1 – area code – local number

Area Codes of Canada:

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

Cameroon does not practice Daylight Saving Time so to calculate time differences from March to November, subtract 1 hour from the number below. (Except in Saskatchewan, which also does not practice DST.)

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours

Cameroon is Ahead

Pacific (BC, Yukon) 9 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 8 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 7 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 6 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 5 hours
Newfoundland 4.5 hours


Emergency Information for Canadians In Cameroon

High Commission of Canada in Yaounde

Immeuble STC-TOM
SPlace de l’Hôtel de Ville

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 572, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Telephone: 237 2223-2311
Fax: 237 2222-1090 E-mail: [email protected]

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Consulate of Canada in Douala

68, avenue Charles de Gaulle

Postal Address
P.O. Box 2373, Douala, Cameroon

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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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