Marrying and Sponsoring a Sierra Leonean Citizen

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Marriage to a Sierra Leonean citizen and spousal sponsorship to Canada under the marriage immigration initiative is a complex process.
This page is designed to guide you through your marriage to a Sierra Leonean citizen and the spousal sponsorship process.

Marriage to a Sierra Leone Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Sierra Leonean 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 Sierra Leonean 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.


Sierra Leonean Marriage Basic Requirements

Civil Marriage shall be conducted in the Registrar’s office.


  • Original Birth certificate
  • If either parent was previously married, evidence of the termination of previous marriage.
  • Death certificate where one partner former spouse’s died
  • Couple must be free to marry by producing certificate of No Impediment to a marriage
  • Passport of a foreign partner
  • At least two witnesses must be present at the time of the union
  • Notice of marriage must be duly given
  • Couple must obtain marriage license
  • All documents required must be translated in English(If they are not in English) and duly authenticated


Family Members

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

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


List of Sierra Leonean Consulates in Canada

Click here

Calling Sierra Leone from Canada

011 – 232- Area Code – local number


Area Codes (landlines only)

Bo 32 Kenema 32 Makeni 52
Freetown 22 Koidu 52


Cell Codes (by provider)

Aricell 77 or 88 Intergroup 44
Ambitel 55 Siearratel 25
Atlas 33 Tigo 30
Comium 44 Zain 76 or 78


Calling Canada from Sierra Leone

00- 1 – Area Code – local number

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

Area Codes (by region)

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

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

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Sierra Leone 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 Sierra Leone

There is no Canadian diplomatic mission in Sierra Leone. For assistance, contact the High Commision in Ghana, which is about a 30 hour drive away.

High Commission of Canada in Accra

42 Independence Avenue

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 1639, Accra, Ghana

Telephone: 233 (302) 21 15 21 or 22 85 55
Fax: 233 (302) 21 15 23 or 77 37 92
Email: [email protected]

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The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Sierra Leone

For travel alerts, click here

Sponsoring Your Sierra Leonean Spouse to Canada

The sponsorship application process takes a long time and can be frustrating. To learn more about it, click on the button below:

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