Marrying and Sponsoring an I-Kiribati

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  • 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.

Processing Time

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.

Please see our pages on family sponsorship and Canadian visitor visa for more information on the processing times of these applications.


Costs of the Process

Government Fees

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


Family Members

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

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

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
Fax: 686 21-904
E-mail: [email protected]

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High Commission of Canada in Wellington

125 The Terrace
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 8047, Wellington 6143, New Zealand

Telephone: 64 (4) 473-9577
Fax: 64 (4) 471-2082
Email: [email protected]

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Canadian Government’s Travel Alerts for Kiribati

For travel alerts, click here


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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