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Marriage

Free to marry certificates

The Embassy of Canada cannot provide a certificate stating that a citizen is free to marry and that there is no impediment to such marriage. Canadian law neither requires nor provides the issuance of such certificates. The concerned parties may make a declaration to the Embassy of Canada that they are free to marry and a Consular Officer can witness the signing of their declaration.

A civil marriage in Egypt is issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Justice and NOT by the Embassy of Canada. 

Please contact the Egyptian Ministry of Justice to obtain information on the requested documents. The following are SOME of the requested documents:

  • Affidavit (declaration) of the Canadian citizen in both languages (English and Arabic) stating that he/she has no legal matrimonial bond still existing. This affidavit must be prepared by the Canadian citizen, typed, then witnessed by an official at the Embassy of Canada; a sample of the declaration is available at the consular section of the Embassy of Canada in Cairo.
  • Original valid Canadian passport.
  • In case the current marital status of the Canadian citizen is not single; a divorce or death certificate authenticated by the Embassy of Canada (authentication of Canadian divorce or death certificates may take from two to ten working days) and then stamped by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is requested by the Egyptian Ministry of Justice. Translation of Canadian documents may be requested, the consular section does not provide translation
  • For divorced female applicants, a three-month period must be observed between a divorce and contracting a new marriage according to the Egyptian Muslim law

Steps:

  • Completed affidavit (declaration) including all information requested by the Egyptian Ministry of Justice in both languages witnessed by an official at the Embassy of Canada in Cairo at the fee of 50.00 Canadian dollars or the equivalent of 335.00 Egyptian pounds. (Exact amount if paid in cash, no coins if payment is in Canadian dollars).
  • The affidavit has to be legalized by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • More documents may be requested by the Egyptian Ministry of Justice, please contact the Egyptian Ministry of Justice to obtain the requested information
  • Once the documents requested by the Egyptian Ministry of Justice are all prepared, it can be submitted (with the affidavit) at the Egyptian Ministry of Justice Annex (Office of Marriage of Foreigners), 4th floor, Lazoughly Square, Abdin, Cairo, where a civil marriage can be obtained.

For the marriage to be accepted by Canadian authorities (The consular section does not provide translation):

  • Translation of the civil marriage has to be done at the translation office of the Egyptian Ministry of Justice (currently located at 57 Ramses Street – Dar El Kaddaa El Aly).
  • The translation has to be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for legalization;
  • The legalized translation of the marriage certificate should then be authenticated at the Consular Section of the Canadian Embassy with the fee of 50.00 Canadian dollars or the equivalent of 335.00 Egyptian pounds. (Exact amount if paid in cash, no coins if payment is in Canadian dollars).

 

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Date Modified:
2014-10-14