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Old 09-20-2007, 04:40 PM
 
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I've been searching online and nothing really had a direct answer to my question..

I'm a Canadian citizen. My partner is not. I'm currently studying abroad, where my partner has lived since birth. In about a year, I should be getting my own place, start working and we can move in together (here, in Bosnia, not in Canada). So, we would be like a married couple.

I am wondering whether my partner and I can have a valid/legal marriage performed while we are on vacation in Canada being that I am a Canadian citizen and my partner is neither a resident nor a citizen of Canada and would only be there on a short travel visa (we'd stay for maybe a month)... In essence, is there anything related to nationality/residency/etc. that would prevent a couple from getting married in Canada?

Online, I've found that what is required to get married in Canada is for both parties to be of age (which we are) and that you need documents like a birth certificate or passport and photo ID. Now, for someone who is neither a resident nor a citizen of Canada (my partner), would a passport from the applicant's home country suffice (even if the passport is from a country in which you need to obtain a travel visa before entering Canada... in this case, the country is Bosnia and Herzegovina)? We aren't after anything like obtaining permanent residency or citizenship for my partner, we just want our union registered there.

Also, what does the law say about this type of marriage..do we both have the same rights as every other married couple in Canada (specifically, Ontario)...do only I have those rights as the Canadian citizen..neither of us since neither is a resident...? I am referring to rights such as receiving benefits/pensions/etc.. what about things like paying taxes - are we not required to do that if we don't reside there?

And finally - what about name changes? If we changed our last names when we get married in Ontario, being that our marriage is registered in Canada and not in our country of residency (Bosnia), do all our documents from the country of residency stay with our original last names, while any Canadian documents would have our new last name? How does that all work?

Sorry to make this so darn long...I'm a rambler, in general.

Any and all input is welcome! Thanks!
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Old 09-20-2007, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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No, people can come from anywhere in the world and get married here.

The id requirements are exactly what they say. They don't say Canadian passport, they say passport. So long as it is recognized id, it doesn't matter the origin.

The rights as a married person only apply if you're a resident. You have no right to benefits as you aren't a resident, but at the same time you are not required to pay for them (taxes)

Name changes are a separate issue. If you want to change your name in Canada (which doesn't really matter if you don't live here) you have to go to a registry and do a legal name change. Since I'm assuming your wife will be changing her name, you would do it so that it effects her documents, none of which are Canadian.
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Old 09-20-2007, 06:50 PM
 
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Well, for the name change... you don't have to get a legal name change - it can all be done right after the marriage is performed.. From the gov.on.ca site:

"Once you are married, you may apply to change all your identification (health card, drivers licence, passport and banking information etc.) with your marriage certificate. You may assume your spouse’s/partner’s last name (surname) or a combination of your last name and your spouse’s/partner’s last name (hyphenated surname). It is really that simple.

The benefit of not completing a legal name change, is that it does not change the name on your birth certificate.

If you wish to use your legal name again, you simply revert back by presenting your birth certificate as proof of your legal name."


We'd want the combined hyphenated surname.

Now, being that I have dual citizenship - do you know if both sets of documents have to change to reflect my new last name, or just the Canadian being that the marriage will occur/be registered in Canada and will not be recognized in the country of my other citizenship? Would this difference in my name on these documents present any sort of troubles/problems for me?
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Old 09-20-2007, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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I don't see how your marriage won't be recognized by BH. Take the marriage certificate/send it to the BH embassy and they would register it and return it to you.

As far as troubles, if you don't do a legal name change I could see potential issues with having passports in two different names, although I would suggest you speak to a lawyer or specialist in both BH for your residence, and Canada for where you're going to be married.
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:02 PM
 
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They wouldn't recognize the marriage since it is a same-sex marriage - that's the reason we'd do it while in Canada. And so, I'm figuring, if I change my last name in my Canadian documents based on the marriage... my other documents wouldn't change since there is no registered marriage in the other country.

Hmm.. would we then be considered single here, yet married in Canada?

I guess you're right though, I'd probably need to speak to an official regarding any troubles with having passports in different names and regarding what status we'd have here vs. there (single/married/etc).
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:39 PM
 
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I've been searching online and nothing really had a direct answer to my question..

I'm a Canadian citizen. My partner is not. I'm currently studying abroad, where my partner has lived since birth. In about a year, I should be getting my own place, start working and we can move in together (here, in Bosnia, not in Canada). So, we would be like a married couple.

I am wondering whether my partner and I can have a valid/legal marriage performed while we are on vacation in Canada being that I am a Canadian citizen and my partner is neither a resident nor a citizen of Canada and would only be there on a short travel visa (we'd stay for maybe a month)... In essence, is there anything related to nationality/residency/etc. that would prevent a couple from getting married in Canada?

Online, I've found that what is required to get married in Canada is for both parties to be of age (which we are) and that you need documents like a birth certificate or passport and photo ID. Now, for someone who is neither a resident nor a citizen of Canada (my partner), would a passport from the applicant's home country suffice (even if the passport is from a country in which you need to obtain a travel visa before entering Canada... in this case, the country is Bosnia and Herzegovina)? We aren't after anything like obtaining permanent residency or citizenship for my partner, we just want our union registered there.

Also, what does the law say about this type of marriage..do we both have the same rights as every other married couple in Canada (specifically, Ontario)...do only I have those rights as the Canadian citizen..neither of us since neither is a resident...? I am referring to rights such as receiving benefits/pensions/etc.. what about things like paying taxes - are we not required to do that if we don't reside there?

And finally - what about name changes? If we changed our last names when we get married in Ontario, being that our marriage is registered in Canada and not in our country of residency (Bosnia), do all our documents from the country of residency stay with our original last names, while any Canadian documents would have our new last name? How does that all work?

Sorry to make this so darn long...I'm a rambler, in general.

Any and all input is welcome! Thanks!
Go to Niagara Falls. They will marry anyone.

Seriously, Canada will marry people who are not Canadians. I live in NY state and have gone to many weddings for American friends in summer homes on the Canadian shore, in Toronto, in Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you marry in any part of Ontario, the wedding is registed in Toronto.

I cannot see how you would lose any Canadian benefit you are entitled to if you keep your citizenship, but the future spouse would have to become a citizen, I expect ( through you might be quicker) to get any.

My cousin married in Toronto to another American; they just wanted the location. They had to get a license ( with ID and all other data like birth certificates) and find a church. It was 30+ years ago, but I know lots of Americans who marry there still.
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Old 05-25-2009, 12:36 AM
 
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my wife is a canadian and she is inviting me for us to get married though am not a citizen but i have a one year resident permit is it possible that the wedding can hold.secondly if i decide to stay permanently what are my chances please enlighting me more so i don't make mistake thanks.
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:40 PM
 
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:05 AM
 
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ohhh guyz ma gf live in canada and i am in pakistan we want to marry but i must go canada but i cant afford it how it is possible for me to go canada plzz give me some answers
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:39 PM
 
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my wife is a canadian and she is inviting me for us to get married though am not a citizen but i have a one year resident permit is it possible that the wedding can hold.secondly if i decide to stay permanently what are my chances please enlighting me more so i don't make mistake thanks.
If she is your wife, why do you have to marry her again? Does Canada require the wedding to take place there for it to be valid? Maybe, it stimulates the wedding industry!
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