Marrying and Sponsoring a Somali Citizen

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Marriage to a Somalia Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Somali citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Somali government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Somalis as an indirect way of discouraging Somali citizens from moving to other countries.

You must demonstrate to Somali officials that they are not currently married to anyone else – either you have never been married or all divorces are finalized – that your identity is proven, and that you have never committed any crimes in Somalia. This is done by providing various documents including an Affidavit of Single Status to the Somali government either in Somali or via a Somali embassy.

If you want to bring your Somali 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.


Somali Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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


Somali Marriage Ceremony

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


Family Members

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

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


List of Somali Consulates in Canada

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Canadian Consulate in Somalia

There is no resident Canadian government office in Somalia. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the High Commission of Canada in Nairobi, Kenya

High Commission of Canada in Nairobi

Limuru Road,

Telephone: 254(20)366-3000
Fax: 254(20)366-3900 Website:


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Currency of Somalia

The Currency of Somalia is the Somali shilling.


Calling Canada from Somalia

  • 1 – Country Code for Canada
  • area code – 3 digit area codes
  • phone number – 7 digits
  • US to Canada dialling format: 1 ??? ??? ????

List of 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


How to call Somalia from Canada

  • 011 – US exit code; dial first for international calls made from the USA or Canada
  • 252 – Country Code for Somalia
  • Phone Number – 7 digits for most areas; some phone numbers may contain more digits
  • US to Somalia international dialling format: 011 252 ??? ????

Time difference with Canada

The time in Somalia is +3 UCT

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours
Somalia is Ahead
# of Hours
during DST
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 11 hours 10 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunavut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 10 hours 9 hours
Saskatchewan 10 hours 10 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 9 hours 8 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 8 hours 7 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern 7 hours 6 hours
Newfoundland 6.5 hours 5.5 hours


Information for Canadians travelling to Somalia

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