Marrying and Sponsoring a Congolese Citizen (Republic of the Congo)

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  • The weather is a tropical rainy season from March to June and a dry season from June to October. High temperatures and humidity are prevalent in the region close to the equator
  • Seasonal flooding is an ever-present natural hazard


Marriage to a Congolese Citizen

Every country has laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Congolese citizen to bring them to Canada to live eventually is a process with many steps.

You must demonstrate to Congolese 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 the Congo. This is done by providing various documents, including an Affidavit of Single Status, to the Congolese government either in the Congo or via a Congolese embassy.

If you want to bring your Congolese 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.


Congolese Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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


Sponsoring Family Members for Canadian PR

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

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


List of Congolese Consulates in Canada


Calling the Republic of the Congo from Canada

The country code is 243 so dial

011 – 243 – area code – local number.

Area Codes for Major Centres of the Congo include:

Boma 3 Kananga 4 Lubumbashi 2
Bukavu 6 Kikwit 3 Matadi 3
Butembo 6 Kindu 6 Mbandaka 5
Gandajika 4 Kinshasa 1 Mbuji-Mayi 4
Goma 6 Kisangani 5 Mwene-Ditu 4
Isiro 5 Kolwezi 2 Uvira 6
Kalemie 2 Likasi 2 Tshikapa 4


Calling Canada from the Republic of the Congo

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


Emergency Information for Canadians in the Congo

Canada does not maintain a diplomatic mission in the Republic of the Congo. For assistance, please contact the Canadian Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:


Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa

17, avenue Pumbu
Commune de Gombe, Kinshasa

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 8341, Kinshasa, 1, Congo

Telephone: 243 996 021 500
Fax: 243 996 021 510 or 243 996 021 511
E-mail: [email protected]

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Canadian Government’s Travel Alerts for the Congo

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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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