Marrying and Sponsoring a Mauritanian Citizen

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  • Natural disasters include Sirocco winds that blow in March and April


Marriage to a Mauritanian Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Mauritanian 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 Mauritanian 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.


Mauritanian Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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


Mauritanian Marriage Ceremony

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


Family Members

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

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


List of Mauritanian Consulates in Canada

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Calling Mauritania from Canada

  • The country code is 222, so to call you dial 011 – 222 – area code – local number

There are no area codes in Mauritania. Landlines begin with 25 or 45.


Calling Canada from Mauritania

Dial 00 – 1 – area code – local number

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

Mauritania is on Western European Time (GMT+0). Mauritania does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Mauritania 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 Mauritania

Consulate of Canada in Nouakchott

Centre commercial Abbass, Avenue Charles de Gaulle
Îlot “O”, No. 34, 1er étage, Bureau 2

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 428, Nouakchott, Mauritania

Telephone: 222 45-29-26-97 or 222 46-76-63-67 (emergency only)
Fax: 222 45-29-26-98 or 222 45-25-64-21
E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]
Website: No Website

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Embassy of Canada in Agdal-Rabat

13 bis Jaafar As-Sadik Street

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 709, Agdal-Rabat, Morocco

Telephone: 212 (537) 68 74 00
Fax: 212 (537) 68 74 30
E-mail: [email protected]

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Emergency Numbers in Mauritania

Fire brigade 18
Police 17
Speaking clock 16
Telephone inquiries 12


The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Mauritania

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Sponsoring Your Mauritanian Spouse to Come to Canada

The sponsorshp process is lengthy and can be frustrating and confusing. To learn more about it, click the button below:

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