Marrying and Sponsoring a Swazi

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Marriage to a Swazi Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Swazi 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 Swazi government up to 3 weeks to authenticate the documents.

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


Swazi Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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

Swazi Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to a Swazi citizen can legally take place in Swaziland, 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 Swazi spouse.


Family Members

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

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


List of Swazi Consulates in Canada

Swaziland High Commission in Canada


Calling Swaziland 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 Swaziland

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

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

Canadian Area Codes

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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

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

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours
Swaziland is Ahead
# of Hours
during DST
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 10 hours 9 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunavut, 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 Swaziland

Embassy of Canada in Maputo

Kenneth Kaunda Avenue
Maputo 1138

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 1578, Maputo, Mozambique

Telephone: 258 (21) 492-623
Fax: 258 (21) 492-667
Email: [email protected]

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


The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Swaziland

For travel alerts, click here

Sponsoring Your Swazi 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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