Marrying and Sponsoring a Liberian

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Marriage to a Liberian Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Liberian 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.


Processing Time

If you file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Liberian 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.


Liberian Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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

Liberian Marriage Ceremony

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


Family Members

If your Liberian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the application.

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


List of Liberian Consulates in Canada

Liberian Consulate in Toronto, Canada


Calling Liberia from Canada

The country code is 231 so to call you dial 011 – 231 – local number

There are no area codes in Liberia. Landline numbers normally begin with 2 and cell numbers normally begin with 4, 5, 6 or 7.


Calling Canada from Liberia

Dial 00 – 1 – area code – local number, where

  • 00 is the international dialing code
  • 1 is the country code for Canada

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

Liberia is on GMT, the same time as Britain, also known as Coordinated Universal Time. Liberia does not participate in Daylight Savings Time.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Liberia 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 3 hours
Newfoundland 3.5 hours 2.5 hours


Emergency Information for Canadians in Liberia

There is no Canadian diplomatic mission in Liberia. The mission with jurisdiction for Liberia is located in the Ivory Coast:

Embassy of Canada in Abidjan

Immeuble Trade Centre
23 avenue Noguès
Le Plateau, Abidjan
Côte d’Ivoire

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 4104, Abidjan, 01, Côte d’Ivoire

Telephone: 225 20 30 07 00
Fax: 225 20 30 07 20
Email: [email protected]

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Canadian Government’s Travel Alerts for Liberia

For travel alerts, click here

Sponsoring a Liberian to Canada

The sponsorship process can be difficult and lengthy. To learn more about the application, click the button below:

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