Marrying and Sponsoring a Mosotho Citizen

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  • A small country surrounded by South Africa
  • The weather in Lesotho is temperate and cool but changes to cold. Winters are dry and summers hot and wet.
  • Periodic drought is a hazard in this small country


Marriage to a Mosotho Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Mosotho 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.


Mosotho Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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

Mosotho Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to a Mosotho citizen can legally take place in Lesotho, 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 Mosotho spouse.


Family Members

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

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


List of Mosotho Consulates in Canada

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Calling Lesotho from Canada

The country code is 266 to call you dial 011 – 266 – area code – local number

  • 22 is the area code for landlines
  • 58 and 6x are ‘area’ codes for cellular phones


Calling Canada from Lesotho

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

  • 00 is the international dialing code for most countries outside of North America
  • 1 is the country code for the North American Numbering Plan

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

Lesotho is on South African Standard Time (GMT+2). Lesotho does not participate in Daylight Saving Time.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Lesotho is Ahead # of Hours during DST
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 10 hours 9 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 9 hours 8 hours
Saskatchewan 8 hours 8 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 8 hours 7 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 7 hours 6 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 6 hours 5 hours
Newfoundland 5.5 hours 4.5 hours


Emergency Information for Canadians in Lesotho

Consulate of Canada in Maseru

Quadrant Sales Building, 2nd Floor
Old Europa
Maseru 100

Telephone: 266-22-315-365
Fax: 266-22-315-366
Email: [email protected]

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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High Commission of Canada in Pretoria

1103 Arcadia Street
Pretoria, 0083
South Africa

Postal Address:
P.O. Box Private Bag X13, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0028, South Africa

Telephone: 27 (12) 422-3000
Fax: 27 (12) 422-3052
E-mail: [email protected]

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For after-hours assistance, contact the Embassy in South Africa.


The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Lesotho

Travel alerts, click here

Sponsoring Your Mosotho Spouse to Canada

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

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Want to know more about marrying in Lesotho? 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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