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Legal marriage process for Qatar expats moving to Canada


Are you a Qatar expat planning to create a family and a new life in Canada and have questions regarding the legal marriage process? Read the full article and we will provide you with the best recommendations for a stress-free experience.

Immigration laws in Canada

Couples who have never lived together have limited options for bringing someone into Canada as their legally recognized spouse. The only option is a legally recognized marriage in which both of you were physically present.

If you and your partner live in a GCC country, you should be aware of the challenges of getting married there. Many couples have chosen alternative options such as going to Georgia or even getting married online. If you want to move to Canada, however, getting married online is not the best option.

Why doesn’t Canada accept online weddings?

Prior to 2015, Canada permitted marriages done online when one or both spouses were not physically present for immigration purposes. The only stipulation was that the marriage is legally recognized in the country in which it occurred.

The Canadian government, on the other hand, no longer recognizes this. The prohibition of internet marriage was made primarily to address women’s vulnerability in the immigration situation.

Recommendation to have a legal marriage in Canada as a Qatar expat

Virtual marriage is not recognized as valid in Canada. However,  many countries, like Georgia, Seychelles, and the United Arab Emirates (for non-Muslims), provide simple wedding options. These countries have less paperwork and are better suited for foreigners who want to get married quickly and without hassle.

Still confused about the Canadian immigration process and your wedding plans; book a call with our legal wedding experts

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