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.
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.
Vincentian Marriage Basic Requirements
- 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.
- A valid passport
- Divore decree (if applicable)
- Death certificate (if applicable)
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
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
|Alberta||403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
|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|
|Nova Scotia||782 / 902|
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
Telephone: (246) 629-3550
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The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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: