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“If Trump Wins I’m Moving to Canada” — Here’s How to Do it

*** UPDATE: This post was originally written on March 11, 2016. As of November 8, 2016, Donald Trump is now the President-elect of the United States of America. If this is reason enough for you to consider immigrating to Canada, please scroll down to “What Types of Visas Are Available?” for more information. ***

Donald Trump’s supporters want to make America great again, but his detractors are threatening to leave the US if he’s elected.

According to ABC News, Google searches for “how can I move to Canada” spiked by over 350% on Super Tuesday, and the New York Times reports that American Twitter users are contemplating the same idea.

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It’s also been reported that 19% of Americans would consider moving to Canada if Trump wins the election.

Trump’s supporters praise his focus on job creation, protecting American families and making the country profitable (or “great”) again.

However, others criticize him for being misogynist and racist.

His most polarizing quotes include:

  • “I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
  • “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
  • He said, “Tens of thousands of people” were entering America with “cell phones with Isis flags on them…I don’t think so.” Trump went on: “They’re not coming to this country if I’m president. And if Obama has brought some to this country they are leaving, they’re going, they’re gone.”

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Even President Barack Obama couldn’t resist poking fun at Trump at a recent White House dinner, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Where else would we see a community like Cape Breton, Nova Scotia welcoming Americans if the election does not go their way,” Obama said, referencing Cape Breton’s new Trump-themed campaign.

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico prior to the 2015 APEC Summit

If you’ve said, “If Trump wins, I’ve moving to Canada” as more than an idle threat, we have good news. Canada welcomes immigrants with  open arms.

Let’s take a look at why now is a great time to move to Canada, and show you exactly how to do it.

The Canadian Government’s Policy on Immigration

While American candidates are talking about building walls, Canada is trying to tear them down.

The Liberal government has focused on unifying families and they intend to admit up to 305,000 new immigrants in 2016. Here’s how the numbers break down:

  • 151,200 to 162,400 caregivers, provincial nominees, and other skilled workers as economic immigrants
  • 75,000 to 82,000 spouses, partners, children, parents and grandparents of Canadians in support of family reunification
  • 51,000 to 57,000 refugees, protected persons and other humanitarian cases

Furthermore, Immigration Minister John McCallum has committed to ending the two-year waiting period on some spouses and granting permanent resident status to all spouses upon arrival in Canada.

Any Muslims who want to escape Trump’s policies should know that this proposed change to spousal sponsorship is in line with the Liberal’s campaign commitments and a new study showing that “women, racial minorities and those from Muslim-majority countries are disproportionately lapped with so-called ‘conditional permanent resident visas.'”

Historical Context

The current election campaign isn’t the only time when Americans have contemplated moving north, and history shows that a significant number have gone through with it.

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According to Macleans, thousands of American draft dodgers (possibly up to 40,000) who disagreed with the Vietnam War moved to Canada between 1965 and 1975. Canada labeled them as immigrants, making exact numbers hard to calculate, and most stayed in Canada after the war.

And this is a case where history tends to repeat itself.  As Global News explains, more recently, “U.S. immigration to Canada rose by tens of thousands of people” after George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004. Furthermore, “Immigration from the United States to Canada doubled between 2002 and 2008, from just under 5,000 to just over 10,000.” 

Global News cites anxieties about 9/11 and the Iraq war alongside Bush’s second term as contributing factors. Americans have long seen Canada as a refuge from political tensions.

What Types of Visas are Available?

Not sure which visa is best for you? Luckily, Canada has several to choose from:

Express Entry and Skilled Worker Visas

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Express Entry is a system used to process 3 types of work visas: the Federal Skilled Workers Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. “Skilled worker” and “skilled trades” are somewhat self-explanatory concepts; the Canadian Experience Class is specifically for foreign workers with experience doing skilled work in Canada already.

If you have work skills and experience that fit the requirements for any of these programs, Express Entry could help you come to Canada faster through the online system.

Business Immigration

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Business immigration falls into 2 classes: Start Up and Self-employed. If you are planning a start up, or you are self-employed and could contribute to Canada’s economy through cultural activities, athletics, or farming, you may want to look into your eligibility for business immigration.

Family Class Immigration

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Are you in love with or related to a Canadian? A Canadian spouse or common-law partner, parent (if you are their dependent), or child might be able to sponsor you. And the CBC reports good news for dependents: the age limit is being raised back to 22 from 19.

Provincial Nominee Programs

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If you’re hoping to live in a particular province or territory, looking into the nominee program could be worthwhile. Every province or territory is looking for individuals with different skills and experiences; for example, Ontario is interested in Masters and Ph.D. students as well as business owners and workers. A nomination from a province or territory can help with both Express Entry applications and other applications for permanent residence.

The Best Places to Live in Canada

Where you’ll want to settle in Canada could depend on a lot of factors; here are some of the best cities and towns to live in, based on everything from the cost of living and raising kids to arts and culture.

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MoneySense shows Ottawa to be a well-rounded place to live. Canada’s capital city offers high incomes, access to healthcare, easy commutes, low taxes, healthy population growth, and a strong arts and sports community.

The city is number two on MoneySense’s list of top cities overall in Canada and number 6 on their list of best places for immigrants.

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Quebec City is a hotspot for immigration, and the Huffington Post reports that, according to MoneySense, the city is also one of the top ten places to live in Canada. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the language barrier for non-French speakers can be an issue.

toronto

Toronto is another multicultural spot with a lively arts scene, and the city doesn’t pose the same language barrier. According to Prepare for Canada magazine, the city is “one of the top destinations for newcomers to Canada,” as well as one of the most diverse cities in the country and a “financial and commercial” capital.

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While the big cities tend to get the most attention, some of Canada’s smaller cities are also good options for new Canadians. Saanich, British Columbia was rated by MoneySense as the top spot for new Canadians for 2015 due to a low unemployment rate, a high immigrant population (17.1%), and modest housing costs ($1,133 to rent an average 1 bedroom). Though smaller, Saanich still has good access to healthcare and strong arts and culture.

Similarly, if you’re looking to raise kids, MoneySense recommends St. Albert in Alberta. The average monthly daycare cost is only $955, the percentage of families with kids is 57.6%, and 19.1% of the population is under 15. This small city is also number four on MoneySense’s list of top places to live in Canada overall.

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These are only a few cities to choose from, in a nation that embraces multiculturalism and opens their borders, instead of building them up. As President Obama recently joked:

“To the great credit of their people, Canadians from British Columbia to New Brunswick have, so far, rejected the idea of building a wall to keep out your southern neighbours.

“We appreciate that. We can be unruly, I know.”

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26 thoughts on ““If Trump Wins I’m Moving to Canada” — Here’s How to Do it

  1. George Lewis

    hi there ! I’m a us citizen but I don’t like the people here throwing rocks at .. my windows and my brother is handi capped there can we go to your deal there in alberta or Quebec province oui?? ( I spenk in francis also !! au renovir George I’m aslo a great singer- songwriter -performing artist too! als o might cost lot though for me and my family here though ugh

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello George. Thank you for writing to us. We would need to know more about you and the people that you want to immigrate with in order to suggest a strategy for you. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our Canadian immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  2. Linda OBrien

    I am moving to Canada if Trump/ pence win. can you take your pets. I work for a company that has Bussiness up there and they said they would transfer me. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats . can I bring them.
    Thank You
    Linda

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Linda. Yes you can bring your pets provided they have all their necessary shots. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. Transfering to a subsidary business requires certain conditions to be met. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  3. sandra black

    I am in the USA illegally how can I migrate to canada

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sandra. What is your citizenship?
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  4. Darrell

    I’m a retired citizen getting Civil Service Retirement benefits from US government. Can I immigrate?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Darrell. Thank you for writing to us. We would need to look at all the details of your situation to be able to best determine your eligibility. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. Koram

    I am a chemical engineer from mexico. I have worked in the metalmechanic and electroplating (chemical) industry. Right now I’m in the united states. Do you have any good option for me?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Koram. There are many opportunities to immigrate to Canada. You can achieve it through finding a job with a Canadian employer, or by applying through the Express Entry program which is a points-based system that grants Permanent Residency. In order to evaluate the best option for you, we will need to know a lot more about your situation: age, education, work experience, language skills, family. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  6. Hernandez E

    I am ilegal immigrant in USA from Mexico how can I Modesto Canada

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. The first step is to find a job in Canada so that you can come to work.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  7. Mark Grengia

    I want to move to canada im filipino cetizen..and a permanent residents in new zealand.please inform me rules and procedures.thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Mark. There are many immigration programs that available to help people immigrate to Canada. In order to find the program that is best suited for you, we will need to know a lot more about your specific situation: education, work experience, finances, language skills. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  8. Cristian

    Undocumented people can aply for politic asilum??

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Cristian. Political asylum has many specific rule and regulations that must be met to be able to qualify. In order to see if you qualify, we would need to know a lot more about you. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to see if political asylum is the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  9. Julie

    I am in love with a man in Canada I am a united states citizen I want to be with him so much and wanted to know how can we do that ?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Julie. Love is a wonderful thing. If you marry or are in a common law relationship with a Canadian or Permanent resident, he may be eligible to sponsor you for Permanent residence. But there is no guarantee. If you are interested you are welcome to contact us by completing our free assessment

      Best Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  10. Gerald johnson

    I would like to move to Canada I am living in Jamaica

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hell Gerald. There are a several ways to accomplish that: Express Entry, Work Visa, Study Visa. In order to determine the best way based on your specific situation, I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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  11. Ranjana Bhattacharya

    My application in the year 2007 for immigration to Canada through the High Commission was rejected in 2014 after waiting for 6- 7 years. I am adequately qualified with a Masters Degree and with 26 years work experience in a senior position in the petroleum sector.

    If Canada really welcomes skilled people with open arms then I wonder what it really means ! Now, of course, there is no point in putting up another application because I have grown older by another 9 years. Is this really that easy as you have mentioned ?

    Regards,

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    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Ranjana. I can understand your frustration. Did you have any legal assistance in preparing your application, or did you do it on your own? The immigration programs that are in effect today are very different from the ones that were in effect in 2007. We work with Top Immigration professionals who may be able to assist you navigate the complexity of Canadian immigration. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with an immigration professional who will be able to plan the best strategy to get you back on track to coming to Canada. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  12. sandhya S m

    I want to move to canada Iam an Indian citizen. Pls inform me rules and procedures.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Sandhya. There are many great programs available for immigrating to Canada. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  13. Ahmad Nasir

    I want to move to Canada I am an USA citizen call me please for consultation 510 712 9561. Thank you

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    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Ahmad. If you want to take advantage of our super special consultation fee of $99 USD, you must go to http://www.visaplace.com/bookonline . Once you select the time that is most convenient for you, you will be directed to the payment processing page where you can enter the promo code “TRUMPED” to get the $99 special fee. This promotion is valid until Sunday March 20th.
      Regards, Vahe

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