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.
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.
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
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
Calling Sierra Leone from Canada
011 – 232- Area Code – local number
Area Codes (landlines only)
Cell Codes (by provider)
|Aricell||77 or 88||Intergroup||44|
|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)
403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)
236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)
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|
418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)
438 / 514 (Montreal)
450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)
819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)
|Newfoundland and Labrador||709||Saskatchewan||306 / 639|
|Nova Scotia||782 / 902|
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
Telephone: 233 (302) 21 15 21 or 22 85 55
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The Government of Canada's Travel Alerts for Sierra Leone
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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