(KLAF) Many Americans said they would move to Canada if Donald Trump were to win the presidential election, but will they?
First and foremost, this is not a snappy ordeal.
“Waiting times can vary from months to sometimes years,” says immigration attorney David Clarke.
Clarke says the president you’re moving away from could very well be out of office by the time you’re even eligible to move.
“You’re not going to be able to hop across the border and live in Canada with just your passport. You’re going to need a visa to stay there for an extended period of time,” he explains.
Applying to move will cost you $550, and Americans who move to Canada may still be subject to paying U.S. taxes.
“The best bet will probably be to marry a person in the country that you’re seeking to immigrate to,” Clarke advises.
That could come with problems if the marriage is not for the right reasons. Penalties could include jail time and hefty fees.
On the more lenient side, Canada is a bit more liberal when it comes to new residents, if you have job skills that are in demand.
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