Marrying and Sponsoring an Italian Citizen

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  • Hazards in Italy include landslides, mud-flows, avalanches, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, flooding  in Venice


Marriage to an Italian Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Italian 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 article.


Italian Marriage Basic Requirements

To enter Italy:

  • You need proof of where to reside during the stay in Italy
  • You must have a passport
  • You need to provide proof of a source of income to sustain your stay
  • You need medical insurance
  • You need a letter stating reason for visit, marriage
  • You need a police report showing no record of conviction
  • You will receive an official stamp on the passport at the airport declaring presence in Italy

In order to marry a citizen of Italy, you must demonstrate to the Italian 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 Italian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Italian Marriage document application.

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


List of Italian Consulates in Canada

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Calling Italy from Canada

The country code for Italy is 39.

Dial 011 – 39 – area code – local number.

Area Codes for major centres in Italy (landlines only)

Alessandria 0131 Genoa 010 Prato 0574
Ancona 071 Giugliano 081 Ravenna 0544
Andria 0883 La Spezia 0187 Rimini 0541
Arezzo 0575 Latina 0773 Reggio Calabria 0965
Bari 080 Lecce 0832 Reggio Emilia 0522
Barletta 0883 Livorno 0586 Rome 06
Bergamo 035 Messina 090 Salerno 089
Bologna 051 Milan 02 Sassari 079
Bolzano 0471 Modena 059 Siracusa 0931
Brescia 030 Monza 039 Taranto 099
Cagliari 070 Napoli 081 Terni 0744
Catania 095 Novara 0321 Torino 011
Catanzaro 0961 Padova 049 Trento 0461
Cesena 0547 Palermo 091 Trieste 040
Ferrara 0532 Parma 0521 Udine 0432
Florence 055 Perugia 075 Venice 041
Foggia 0881 Pesaro 0721 Verona 045
Forli 0543 Pescara 085 Vicenza 0444


Cellular numbers have three-digit prefixes beginning with “3”.


Calling Canada from Italy

Dial 00 – 1 – area code – local number

Area Codes of Canada

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

Italy is on Central European Time (GMT+1). Italy observes Daylight Saving Time but Europe and North American observe slightly different start and end dates to DST, so there are a few weeks each year – in March and October – when there the time difference is 1 hour less. In Saskatchewan during the summer, the time difference is one hour greater because Saskatchewan does not participate in DST.

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


Emergency Contact Information for Canadians in Italy

Embassy of Canada in Rome

Via Zara 30
Rome 00198

Telephone: 39 06-85444-2911
Fax: 39 06-85444-2912
E-mail: [email protected]

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Consulate of Canada in Udine

4 Via Elio Morpurgo
33100 Udine

Telephone: 39 0432-229709
Fax: No Fax
Email: [email protected]

Consular District:
Friuli Venezia Giuli

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Consulate of Canada in Milan

3 Piazza Cavour,
6th floor
0121 Milan

Telephone: 39 02 6269-4238
Fax: 39 2901-3600 E-mail: [email protected] Website:

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Canadian Government’s Travel Alerts for Italy

For travel alerts, click here

Sponsoring Your Italian Spouse to Canada

The sponsorship process can be time-consuming and difficult. To learn more about it, click the button below:

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