Marrying and Sponsoring a Citizen of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba

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Marriage to a Citizen of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba

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

If you want to bring your Dutch 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.

For more information, see our page on marrying a Dutch citizen.

Processing Time

If you file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Dutch 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.


Marriage Basic Requirements

In order to marry a citizen of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba, you must demonstrate to the Dutch government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:

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


Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to a Dutch citizen can legally take place in Bonair, Sint Eustatius, Sabar,  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 Dutch spouse. To learn more about cereomny customs, see below.


Family Members

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

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


List of Dutch Consulates in Canada

Embassy of the Netherlands in Ottawa

Consulate General of the Netherlands in Toronto

Consulate General of the Netherlands in Vancouver

Honorary Consul of the Netherlands in Calgary

Honorary Consul of the Netherlands in Edmonton

Honorary Consul of the Netherlands in Fredericton

Honorary Consul of the Netherlands in Halifax

Honorary Consul of the Netherlands Quebec City

Honorary Consul of the Netherlands Winnipeg


Emergency Information for Canadians in Bonaire

There is no Canadian mission in Bonair or in Sint Eustatius or Saba.

Embassy of Canada in Caracas

Avenida Francisco de Miranda con Avenida Altamira Sur
Altamira, Caracas 1060

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 62302, Embassy of Canada, Caracas 1060A, Venezuela

Telephone: 58 (212) 600-3000 or 264-0833
Fax: 58 (212) 261-8741
E-mail: [email protected]

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Want to know more about marrying in any of these territories? Let us know


Sponsorship Review

Immigroup will review your completed spousal sponsorship application for $550+HST. 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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