Marrying and Sponsoring a Libyan Citizen

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  • Located in northern Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea between Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria
  • The extreme interior of the country is dry and hot and along the coastline its Mediterranean weather
  • Natural hazards are hot, dry and dusty laden Ghibili winds during spring time, there are also dusty sandstorms.


Marriage to a Libyan Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Libyan citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Libyan government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Libyans as an indirect way of discouraging Libyan citizens from moving to other countries.

If you want to bring your Libyan 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.


Libyan Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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

Libyan Marriage Ceremony

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


Family Members

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

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


List of Libya Consulates in Canada

Embassy of Libya in Canada


Calling Libya from Canada

The country code is 218, so to call dial 011 – 218 – area code – local number

Abenjawad 54 Elmaya 279 Kussabat 326 Taigura 26
Abu Issa 274 Ezzaonia 23 Mamura 277 Taknes 683
Abuhadi 551 Garda 733 Massa 852 Tarhuna 325
Agelat 282 Garian 41 Matred 275 Tawergha 522
Ajailat 282 Ghadames 484 Misrata 51 Tigi 482
Al Josh 454 Ghat 724 Misuratha 51 Tolmitha 681
Azizia 272 Ghrefa 729 Mizda 422 Tomina 685
Bani Walid 322 Gmines 623 Murzuk 725 Traghen 734
Ben Gashir 22 Guassem 423 Nalut 47 Tripoli 21
Benghazi 61 Gubba 821 Noflia 555 Tripoli International Airport 22
Benina 63 Haraua 82 Ojla 653 Ubary 73
Bergen 732 Hashan 271 Reyana 453 Um Laranib 726
Bisher 655 Hugialin 284 Rujban 452 Wadi Atba 731
Brak 721 Hun 57 Sabratha 24 Wadi Jeref 554
Bugrain 529 Jaghbub 884 Sebha 71 Wadi Keam 323
Buzayan 425 Jalo 657 Seluk 628 Wodan 581
Dafnia 523 Jardas 682 Shahat 851 Yefren 421
Deriana 625 Jerdina 627 Sidi Sultan Sultan 654 Zahra 252
Derna 81 Jmail 28 Sidiessaiah 205 Zawai 23
Edry 723 Kaalifa 626 Sirt 54 Zawaya 727
El Beida 84 Kabaw 481 Slenta 854 Zawyat Elmahjub 526
Elbayada 684 Kasarahmad 524 Sokna 582 Zella 584
Elkuwaifia 624 Khums 31 Soussa 583 Zliten 521
Elmagrun 629 Kikla 427 Suk Elkhamis 206 Zuara 25
Elmareg 67 Kofra 652 Swajni 224


Calling Canada from Libya

Dial 00 – 1 – area code – local number

List of 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

Libya is on Central European Time or West Africa Time (GMT+1). Libya observed Daylight Saving Time in 2013 but had not previously observed it since 1997. Due to the unstable political situation, it is unknown whether or not Libya will continue to observe DST. The chart below assumes that Libya will not observe DST in the future.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Libya is Ahead # of Hours during DST*
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 9 hours 8 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 8 hours 7 hours
Saskatchewan 7 hours 7 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 7 hours 6 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 6 hours 5 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 5 hours 4 hours
Newfoundland 4.5 hours 3.5 hours


Emergency Contact Information for Canadians in Lybia

Embassy of Canada in Tripoli

Tripoli Tower, Tower 1, 7th Floor

Postal Address:
P.O. Box P.O. Box 93392, Tripoli, Libya

Telephone: 218 (21) 335-1633
Fax: 218 (21) 335-1630
Email: [email protected]

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The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Libya

For travel alerts, click here

Sponsoring a Libyan to Come To Canada

Learn More

The sponsorship process can be long and frustrating. To learn more about filing an application, click the button above.

Want to know more about marrying in Libya? Let us know!


Sponsorship Review

Immigroup will review your completed spousal sponsorship application.. Immigroup will make sure you have not made any mistakes on your application or in gathering the documentation of your relationship. We will assess your sponsorship letter and give you peace of mind that you are submitting an application with a very good chance of success. Don’t lose sleep at night worrying about whether you’ve done enough. Call us at 1-866-760-2623 for a review.

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