Marrying and Sponsoring a Vincentian

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Marriage to a Vincentian 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 Vincentian citizen and the spousal sponsorship process.

Marriage to a Vincentian Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Vincentian 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 Vincentian 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.


Vincentian Marriage Basic Requirements

You must meet the following requirements to marry in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:
  • Visitors must be present in St. Vincent & The Grenadines for at least one full day prior to the wedding ceremony.
  • A marriage licence must be obtained from the Attorney General’s office at the Ministry of Justice in St Vincent, in person.
  • The marriage ceremony must be performed by an official marriage officer, a priest, or a minister registered in St. Vincent.
  • The cost of a marriage licence is EC$500 (US $185).
  • Additional costs include EC$15 in stamps for the marriage licence and EC$5 in stamps for the application form.
Required Documentation:
  • A valid passport
  • Divore decree (if applicable)
  • Death certificate (if applicable)


Family Members

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

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


List of Vincentian Consulates in Canada

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Calling Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from Canada

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are part of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) just as Canada is. It’s a normal long distance call:

1 – 784 – local number


Calling Canada from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Dial 1 – area code – local number

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


Time Difference

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are on Atlantic Standard Time. Due to their proximity to the equator, they do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are Ahead or Behind # of Hours during DST
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 4 hours 3 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunavut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 3 hours 2 hours
Saskatchewan 2 hours 2 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 2 hours 1 hour
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 1 hour Same Time
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) Same Time 1 hour behind
Newfoundland 30 minutes behind 90 minutes behind


Emergency Information for Canadians in Saint Kitts and Nevis

There is no Canadian diplomatic mission in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. For assistance, contact the High Commission in Barbados.

High Commission of Canada in Bridgetown

Bishop’s Court Hill, St. Michael
P.O. Box 404
Barbados BB11113

Telephone: (246) 629-3550
Fax: (246) 437-7436
E-mail: [email protected]

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The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

For travel alerts, click here


Sponsoring Your Vincentian Spouse to Come to Canada

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

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