Are the Trump-Fleeing Celebs Really Just All Talk?
Similar to the Bush-Gore election in 2000, the current political apocalypse fought between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic party candidate Hillary Clinton has created a sense of panic among the Hollywood elite. Typically a liberal bunch, many “A-list” celebrities have expressed a desire to move to Canada should the U.S. decide to inaugurate President Trump. Celebs like Jon Stewart, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Samuel L. Jackson, Chelsea Handler and Lena Dunham have all gone on record, saying they’re out, if Trump gets in.
However, similar to the year 2000, Canada isn’t about to grant citizenship to Americans who are disappointed with their democracy.
Typically a liberal bunch, many “A-list” celebrities have expressed a desire to move to Canada should the U.S. decide to inaugurate President Trump. However, similar to the year 2000, Canada isn’t about to grant citizenship to Americans who are disappointed with their democracy.
Visitor Visa Limits
The North American Free Trade Agreement allows citizens of the United States to visit Canada for a period of up to six months, and vice versa. Since this is a visitor visa, Americans won’t be able to work legally within Canada during this time, nor will they be able to establish permanent ties with their neighbour. At best, Americans seeking to flee President Trump will have to settle for an extended vacation away from the Republican candidate.
Escaping the U.S.A.
Most celebrities who proclaim they will leave the United States if a right wing candidate becomes president end up staying in their country and simply learn to deal with the new political climate. For those who truly want to leave the United States for a longer period of time, Canada does offer numerous methods of earning work visas, super visas and in some cases, the ability to become a citizen.
Work visas, such as the NAFTA TN professional visa, increase the time you’re allowed to stay in Canada, also enabling you to remain gainfully employed. If you have children in Canada, you might qualify for the parent and grandparent super visa, extending your stay to as long as two years in a row. Investor and business visas are another option, letting you invest and create a business in Canada.
Not a Celebrity? Want to Move to Canada?
Certainly, having a lot of fame and money makes it easier for celebrities to go through a visa process. Nonetheless, celebrities and regular Americans alike should expect to go through similar processes, assuming they’re not bluffing when they threaten to leave the country.
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Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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