Marrying and Sponsoring a Macedonian Citizen

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Marriage to a Macedonian Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Macedonian 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 Macedonian 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.


Macedonian Marriage Basic Requirements

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


Macedonian Marriage Ceremony

Marriage in Macedonia is a function of the Macedonian civil authorities. Canadian citizens should contact a Macedonian Registrar’s Office (Matichna sluzba) for detailed information.

If a Canadian citizen marries a Macedonian citizen in Macedonia, s/he needs to obtain the following documents (required by the Macedonian authorities):

  • Valid passport
  • Birth Certificate (issued within the last 6 months);
  • Sworn Statement for free marital status including a statement that no impediments exist to the marriage.
  • If one spouse is widowed, an original or certified copy of death certificate of former spouse(s)
  • If one spouse is divorced, an original final decree or a certified copy. A certified translation of all documents may be required.
  • If one spouse is a minor, a statement executed by a parent or legal guardian and signed by a notary public giving consent in accordance with the laws of Canada, is required.
  • The sworn statement can be obtained in the Consular Section of the Canadian Embassy in Serbia.
  • A licensed court translator must translate the documents into Macedonian language.

Upon presentation of these documents to the Registrar clerk, s/he will set the date for the wedding ceremony.

The Canadian citizen is not subject to a residency requirement if s/he marries a Macedonian citizen.

If the Canadian citizen marries a foreigner in Macedonia, both of them are not subject to a waiting residency period.

At the time of the marriage ceremony the couple is obliged to bring a licensed court translator, as well as two witnesses. Witnesses should have their passports or Macedonian identification cards with them.

Only the civil marriage ceremony is a fully recognized legal marriage in the country.


List of Macedonian Consulates in Canada

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Calling Macedonia from Canada

011 – 389- Area Code / Cell Code – local number, where

  • 011 is the exit code for Canada
  • 389 is the country code for Macedonia


Area Codes of Macedonia (landlines only)

Area Codes of Macedonia

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Do not dial the 0 when calling from another country. See below for the specific municipalities.

Berovo 33 Kavadarci 43 Ohrid 46 Sveti Nikole 32
Bitola 47 Kičevo 45 Pehčevo 33 Tetovo 44
Bogdanci 34 Kočani 33 Prilep 48 Valandovo 34
Debar 46 Kratovo 31 Probištip 32 Veles 43
Delčevo 33 Kriva Palanka 31 Radoviš 32 Vinica 33
Demir Hisar 47 Kruševo 48 Resen 47
Demir Kapija 43 Kumanovo 31 Skopje 2
Dojran 34 Makedonska Kamenica 33 Štip 32
Gevgelija 34 Makedonski Brod 45 Struga 46
Gostivar 42 Negotino 43 Strumica 34

Cell phone codes by provider:

  • Alo: 73
  • One: 75, 76
  • T-Mobile: 70, 71, 72
  • VIP: 77, 78


Calling Canada from Macedonia

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

Macedonia is on Central European Time (GMT+1). Macedonia observes Daylight Saving Time but remember if calling in late March or October that the Europeans change their clocks a week differently than we do, so the time differences below briefly do not apply. In Saskatchewan, DST is not observed, so the time difference is 1 hour greater in the summer.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Macedonia 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 Information for Canadians in Macedonia

Consulate of Canada in Skopje

Blagoj Davkov No. 2/1
1000 Skopje

Telephone: 389 (2) 3225-630
Fax: 389 (2) 3220-596
Email: [email protected]
Website: No website

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Emergency Numbers in Macedonia

192 Police
193 Fire
194 Ambulance
195 Center for Announcements and Dangers
196 AMSM – Help on the roads


Canadian Government’s Travel Alerts for Macedonia

For travel alerts, click here

Sponsoring Your Macedonian Spouse to Canada

The two-stage sponsorship process is long and can be difficult. To learn more about it, click the button below:

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Want to learn more about marrying in Macedonia? 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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