Marrying and Sponsoring a Ghanaian Citizen

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  • Located in West Africa bordering the gulf of Guinea
  • The weather in Ghana is tropical and warm, moderately dry on the Southeast coast but hot and humid on the Southwest. In the North, it’s hot and dry.
  • Hazards are dry and dusty Harmattan winds that blow from January to March, droughts are also prevalent.


Marriage to a Ghanaian Citizen

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

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

If you want to bring your Ghanaian 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.


Ghanaian Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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

Ghanaian Marriage Ceremony

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


Family Members

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

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


List of Ghanaian Consulates in Canada

Click here to find


Calling Ghana from Canada

  • The country code is 233, to call you dial 011 – 233 – area code – local number

Here are some area codes for major centres in Ghana (landlines only):

Accra 30 Ho 36 Sunyani 35
Agona Swedru 33 Koforidua 34 Tamale 37
Ashiaman 30 Kumasi 32 Techiman 35
Bawku 38 Madina 30 Tema 30
Berekum 35 Nkawkaw 34 Wa 39
Bolgatanga 38 Obuasi 32 Winneba 33
Cape Coast 33 Secondi Takoradi 31 Yendi 37

Area Codes in Ghana By Manny9455 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ghana’s Area Codes [Public Domain]

Cells use the prefix 2 or 5.

Calling Canada from Ghana

Dial 00 – 1 – area code – local number

List of Canada 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

Ghana is on GMT. Ghana does not participate in DST.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Ghana is Ahead # of Hours during DST
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 8 hours 7 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 7 hours 6 hours
Saskatchewan 6 hours 6 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 6 hours 5 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 5 hours 4 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 4 hours 10 hours
Newfoundland 3.5 hours 3.5 hours


Emergency Information for Canadians in Ghana

High Commission of Canada in Accra

42 Independence Avenue

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 1639, Accra, Ghana

Telephone: 233 (302) 21 15 21 or 22 85 55
Fax: 233 (302) 21 15 23 or 77 37 92
E-mail: [email protected]

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The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Ghana


Sponsoring Your Ghanaian Spouse to Canada

The Sponsorship process can be long and complicated. To find more about the details click the button below.

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