If the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has you feeling disillusioned with American democracy, you may find yourself imagining a move to Canada. After all, it is a place where the air is cleaner, people have a better sense of humor, and the chocolate is great, according to cnn.com.
During the presidential election season, people living in America, looking for homes in Canada spiked 20%. Canada’s federal immigration agency saw a spike in Web traffic from American IP addresses in March, right after the start of caucus and primary season and again in June before the RNC, according to usatoday.com.
For those hoping to learn more about the moving process here’s a step-by-step guide:
1. Check your eligibility to move to Canada. Before you go forward with your plans to move to Canada, you should check your eligibility. You may not be allowed to immigrate for one of many reasons. According to wikihow.com, these reasons include:
human or international rights violations
non-compliance with IRPA (Immigration Refugee Protection Act)
having an inadmissible family member
Determine which type of permanent Canadian residency best suits your qualifications. If you have a family connection, it might be easier for you to obtain permanent residence. Otherwise, choose from the Economic classes options, Humanitarian and Compassionate Cases, Temporary Resident Permit Holder or Right of Permanent Residence Fee Loan. Economic classes include Express Entry (federal skilled workers, federal skilled trades class, Canadian experience class), Start Up Visa, Quebec Investors and Entrepreneurs, Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers, Self-Employed Persons, Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Class, Provincial Nominees (express entry or paper-based application), Caring for Children Class, Caring for People with High Medical Needs Class or Live-in Caregivers in Canada. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website (cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/index.asp) to review the requirements for each category.
Complete and submit the appropriate application along with the applicable processing fee and requested supporting documents to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada office listed on your residency application. The forms can be completed electronically using Adobe Reader 10 or higher, but will need to be printed, signed and dated. Fees can be paid online. The supporting documents vary by residency category and include a photocopy of the personal information pages of your valid U.S. passport, proof of English (and sometimes French) language proficiency, birth certificate and financial information.
Send your completed application to the Centralized Intake Office in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Wait for the office to process your application for permanent residency. If your application is approved, you will receive an official Canadian Permanent Resident card.