Marrying and Sponsoring a Cypriot

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  • Middle Eastern Island in the Mediterranean Sea South of Turkey.
  • The weather in Cyprus is temperate, with typical Mediterranean hot, dry summers and cool winters.
  • There are moderate earthquakes and drought.


Marriage to a Cypriot Citizen

Every country has laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Cypriot citizen to bring them to Canada to live eventually is a process with many steps. The Cypriot government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Cypriots as an indirect way of discouraging Cypriot citizens from moving to other countries.

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

If you want to bring your Cypriot 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 an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our eTA page.


Cypriot Marriage Basic Requirements

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

Before any couple can get access to Cyprus to visit whether to get married or on holiday, the following are the requirements that should be met:

  • Completed and signed application form by the applicant (if required)
  • 2 passport photos
  • Valid passport for more than 3 months
  • Copy of return ticket or itinerary
  • Hotel reservations
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to sustain stay for period desired.


Cypriot Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to a Cypriot citizen can legally take place in Cyprus, 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 an eTA for your Cypriot spouse. To learn more about ceremony customs, see below.


Family Members

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

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


How long is the Cypriot Marriage document valid?

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


List of Cypriot Consulates in Canada


Calling Cyprus from Canada

  • The country code is 357 to call you would dial 011 – 357 – local number

Cyprus does not use area codes. Landlines in Cyprus in the major cities follow the following pattern:

  • Famagusta: 23xx xxxx
  • Larnaca: 24xx xxxx
  • Limassol: 25xx xxxx
  • Nicosia: 22xx xxxx
  • Paphos: 26xx xx

Cell phones begin with 9.


Calling Canada from Cyprus

Dial 00 – 1 – area code – local number

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

Cyprus uses Eastern European Time (GMT+2). Cyprus also participates in Daylight Saving Time, which means the time difference remains the same in the summer (except in Saskatchewan, which doesn’t practice DST). However, during October and March, there is a brief period where Cyprus is one hour closer.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Cyprus is Ahead # of Hours Ahead last week of March and last week of October
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 10 hours 9 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 9 hours 8 hours
Saskatchewan 8 hours* 8 hours*
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 8 hours 7 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 7 hours 6 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 6 hours 5 hours
Newfoundland 5.5 hours 4.5 hours


Emergency Information for Canadians in Cyprus

Consulate of Canada in Nicosia

15 Themistocles Dervis Street
1066 Nicosia

Postal Address
P.O. Box 22125 – 1517, Nicosia, Cyprus

Telephone: 357 (2) 2775-508
Fax: 357 (2) 2779-905
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: No Website

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Embassy of Canada in Athens

4, Ioannou Ghennadiou Street
115 21 Athens

Telephone: 30 (210) 727-3400
Fax: 30 (210) 727-3480
E-mail: [email protected]

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The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Cyprus

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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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