Marrying and Sponsoring a Nigerien Citizen

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Marriage to a Nigerien Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Nigerien 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

Once the necessary documents are gathered, it usually takes the Nigerien government up to 3 weeks to authenticate the documents.

If you then file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Nigerien 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.


Nigerien Marriage Basic Requirements

The following information is to assist Canadian citizens contemplating marriage in Niger.

A marriage performed in Niger under Nigerian law is generally recognized as valid throughout the Canada. Civil marriages in Niger can be performed only in a “mairie” (city hall).

The Civil Ceremony 

To be legal, all marriages must be performed by a Nigerien civil authority, i.e., an “officier de l’état civil”.  In practice, this means the mayor (maire) or his legally authorized representative, such as a deputy mayor (adjoint), or his secretary general (secrétaire general).

Documentary requirements

  • Birth Certificate
  • A valid Canadian passport containing a valid Nigerien visa
  • National I.D. Card
  • Certificat de non-opposition (certificate showing that the parties are    free   to marry)
  • Certificat de Residence (certificate of Residence from the Central Police Station)
  • Déclaration en vue de mariage (Affidavit for marriage purposes)


  • One witness for the bride
  • One witness for the groom
  • Documents of identification (Passport or I.D. Card) for the witnesses


No fees are charged for performing the ceremony but, two hundred francs (200 FCFA) is charged for the issuance of each copy of the marriage certificate.  There is no limit on the number of copies that are requested.


Family Members

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

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


List of Nigerien Consulates in Canada

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Calling Niger from Caanda

Dial 011 – 227- Network Code – local number

  • Most landlines have the network code 20

Cell Codes by Provider:

  • Celtel: 96
  • Sahelcom: 93
  • Sonitel: 21
  • Telecel: 94


Calling Canada from Niger

00 – 1 – Area Code – TEL #

Follow the dialing format shown above while calling Canada from Niger.

  • 00- Exit code for Niger, and is needed for making any international call from Niger
  • 1 – ISD Code or Country Code of Canada

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

Niger is on West Africa Time. Niger does not participate in Daylight Saving Time due to its proximity to the equator.

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

There is no Canadian diplomatic mission in Niger. For assistance, please contact the Embassy in Mali.

Embassy of Canada in Abuja

Immeuble Séméga, Route de Koulikoro
Commune II, Bamako

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 198, Bamako, Mali

Telephone: 223 20-21-22-36
Fax: 223 20-21-43-62
E-mail: [email protected]

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The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Niger

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Sponsoring a Nigerien to come to Canada

The sponsorship process is long and complicated. To learn more about it, click the button below:

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Sponsorship Review

Immigroup will review your completed spousal sponsorship application for $550+HST. 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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