Marriages legally performed in compliance with the laws of the Dominican Republic are recognized in Canada. Canadians wishing to marry in the Dominican Republic should verify with the Dominican authorities in Canada to ensure they have the following required documents for both parties prior to arriving in the Dominican Republic.
a) Proof of Identity: a valid Canadian passport, a birth certificate that includes the names of the parents, and the tourist card received upon entry into the country;
b) Statement of Single Status: you will also need to obtain a sworn affidavit attesting to your single status. This document must be submitted in the Spanish language and legally certified. This can be done prior to leaving Canada by visiting the Embassy or one of the Consulates of the Dominican Republic. You may also visit a notary public in Canada to make this declaration, then have the document translated into Spanish and legalized by the Embassy or Consulates of the Dominican Republic;
c) Divorce Papers: if you are divorced, you must also submit original copies of your divorce papers, along with a Spanish-language translation of the documents. The translation must be legalized by the Embassy or one of the consulates of the Dominican Republic in Canada. Please note that under Dominican law, women who have recently been divorced must wait a minimum of nine months after the finalization of their divorce before they can remarry. This regulation applies as well to Canadian women wishing to be married in the Dominican Republic;
d) Death Certificate: if you are widowed, you will need to present an original copy of the death certificate of your deceased spouse, translated into Spanish and legalized by the Embassy or consulates of the Dominican Republic; and
e) Change of Name: if you have legally changed your name, you must submit original documents to the Embassy or consulates of the Dominican Republic for legalization.
Prior to departure, all above documents must be translated into Spanish, legally certified by a professional, and legalized by the Embassy or one of the consulates of the Dominican Republic in Canada.
For further information, please contact the Embassy or consulates of the Dominican Republic.
Embassy of the Dominican Republic to Canada
130 Albert Street, Suite 418, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4
Tel.: (613) 569-9893
Fax: (6130 569-8673
Dominican Consulate in Montreal
1470 Peel St., Suite 263, Montréal, QC, H3A 1T1
Tel.: (514) 284-5455 / 1-800-563-1611
Dominican Consulate in Toronto
2 Adelaide St. W., Suite 302, Toronto, ON, M5H 1L6
Tel.: (416) 369-0403 / (416) 369-1685
Acquisition of Canadian citizenship through marriage
Canadian citizenship cannot be acquired through marriage. The Dominican spouse will have to obtain a landed immigrant visa and will only be able to apply for Canadian citizenship after having met the residence requirements in Canada. More information can be obtained from Citizenship and Immigration Canada or from the Immigration section at the Embassy of Canada.
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