- A group of Islands located in the Pacific Ocean
- The weather is tropical, tempered by moderately constant sea breezes and seasonal temperature variation. The rainy season starts from May to November
- Hurricanes are common and they occur from July to October
Marriage to an I-Kiribati Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to an I-Kiribati citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.
If you want to bring your I-Kiribati 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.
How We Can Help You Marry Your I-Kiribati Fiance
To discuss the process to marry a citizen of Kiribati, contact us for a consultation. We can determine your eligibility to apply for permission to marry an I-Kiribati as well as advise you how you can prove you meet the requirements.
Immigroup will assist you throughout the entire application process from start to finish, including:
- Determining your eligibility to apply;
- Determining the likelihood of success for your particular case;
- Ensuring your forms are complete and accurately reflect the details of your case for maximum chance of success;
- Ensuring you have the necessary and appropriate documents to support your application;
- Providing guidance on the best method to submit your application to the Kiribati government for your circumstances;
- Offering Top Priority service for extremely urgent cases;
- Determining the best way to proceed once the outcome of your case is reached (applying for family sponsorship, applying for a visitor visa for your Kiribati partner, re-application if necessary, etc.)
Contact us for a consultation to assist you with the Kiribati marriage process.
Once the necessary documents are gathered, it usually takes the Kiribati government up to 3 weeks to authenticate the documents.
If you then file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Kiribati 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.
Costs of the Process
In addition to the legal fees paid to a consultant or lawyer to assist you with this process, you must also pay a fee of up to $1300 Canadian dollars to the Kiribati government for filing the application, depending on the consulate where the application is submitted and other factors affecting the applicants. To learn about the costs of the sponsorship process, click here.
Other Fees – Disbursement Fees
Because the only language recognized in Kiribati are English Gilbertese, documents must all be translated into Gilbertese to be included in an application. Documents are also sent to Kiribati and Kiribati embassies by courier to ensure security, confidentiality, and confirmation of delivery. These costs are known as disbursement fees and are unique to each case; however the totalis typically less than $500 Canadian dollars.
Kiribati Marriage Basic Requirements
In order to marry a citizen of Kiribati, you must demonstrate to the Kiribati government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:
- Proof of country of birth
- Proof of single status
- Proof of age requirement
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If your Kiribati spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Kiribati Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry an I-Kiribati citizen.
Kiribati Consulates in Canada
There are no I-Kiribati consulates in Canada or the United States. The closest mission is their permanent mission to the UN, however contact information is currently unavailable.
Calling Kiribati from Canada
Dial 011 – 686 – local number.
- 011 is the exit code for Canada
- 686 is the country code for Kiribati
- Kiribati does not use area codes
- Cell phone numbers begin with either 9x or 30
Calling Canada from Kiribati
Dial 00 – 1 – Canadian area code – local number
List of Canadian Area Codes
403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)
236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)
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|
418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)
438 / 514 (Montreal)
450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)
819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)
|Newfoundland and Labrador||709||Saskatchewan||306 / 639|
|Nova Scotia||782 / 902|
Kiribati's islands span over 3 and a half million square kilometres; it is the only country to be in corners of all four hemisphers. Kiribati straddles the international dateline and, as a result, Kiribati has some really strange time zones: Most of Kiribati is on New Zealand Standard Time (GMT+12) but the Phoenix and Line Islands have their own special time zones greater than +12 to ensure they are on the same day as Kiribati, even though they are technically in GMT-12 and GMT-11. This keeps the entire country on the same day.
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours Kiribati Time (NZST) is Ahead
# of Hours during DST
|# of Hours Phoenix Island Time is Ahead||# of Hours during DST||# of Hours Kirimati Time is Ahead||# of Hours during DST|
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||20 hours||19 hours||21 hours||20 hours||22 hours||21 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||19 hours||18 hours||20 hours||19 hours||21 hours||20 hours|
|Saskatchewan||18 hours||18 hours||19 hours||19 hours||20 hours||20 hours|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)||18 hours||17 hours||19 hours||18 hours||20 hours||19 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||17 hours||16 hours||18 hours||17 hours||19 hours||18 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||16 hours||15 hours||17 hours||16 hours||18 hours||17 hours|
|Newfoundland||15.5 hours||14.5 hours||16.5 hours||15.5 hours||17.5 hours||16.5 hours|
Emergency Information for Canadians in Kiribati
There is no Canadian diplomatic mission in Kiribati but under an agreement with Australia, you can seek assistance at the Australian High Commission at Tarawa.
High Commission of Australia in Tarawa
Telephone: 686 21-184 or 90-184
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High Commission of Canada in Wellington
125 The Terrace
Telephone: 64 (4) 473-9577
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Canadian Government's Travel Alerts for Kiribati
Sponsoring Your I-Kiribati Spouse to Canada
The sponsorship process can be complicated and time-consuming; learn more by clicking the button below:
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