If you are getting married overseas, you may have been asked to provide a Certificate of Non-Impediment (also known as a Certificate of Nulla Osta, a Certificat de Coutume, or a Certificate of Freedom to Marry).
The purpose of this type of declaration is to confirm that you are free to wed. Most countries require such a declaration (or its equivalent) before a marriage license can be issued.
Unfortunately, Canada does not provide Certificates of Non-Impediment. Instead, you will have to apply for a “Statement In-Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad” through the Department of Global Affairs in Ottawa.
But before you apply, please contact the relevant country’s consulate, embassy, or high commission in Canada to determine whether or not you actually require this document.
Once you have confirmed that you do require a “Statement In-Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad,” you can submit your request to DFAIT in person or by mail. You must provide them with the following information:
It will take up to 15 working days for DFAIT to process your request.
Red Seal Notary can assist you with the above requirements.
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