A lot of countries across the world paid close attention to the US presidential elections, especially the country’s closest ally and neighbor, Canada. Their close proximity to each other meant that major happenings in either country affected each other.
That was exactly what was reported by lawyers across Canada, from Donich Law and other firms, as they stated they saw an increase in Americans that consulted legal experts about moving to Canada for fear of the recent presidential elections.
Vancouver’s Nathan McQuarrie, an immigration lawyer and Washington State attorney, affirmed this note, and even added that it’s not the only thing that US citizens have been consulting legal experts like them and those from Donich Law for.
McQuarrie, who works for the Border Solutions Law Group, stated that they’ve also seen a lot of people considering to renunciate (give up) their citizenship.
There were several roadblocks to that, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic resulted in Canada’s government closing the border to non-essential travel.
McQuarrie reported that, as a result, a lot of Americans are being turned back at the Canadian border when heading north. Even grandparents looking to cross the border for a funeral, one of the most common essential reasons for cross-border travel, were getting turned back, they reported.
There are a few ways for American citizens to relocate to Canada, McQuarrie explained.
The easiest way is through an immediate family member who’s a registered Canadian citizen or has a permanent residence. Via this method, the US resident will have to stay in Canada for 1,095 days before they can become eligible for naturalization.
For people just looking to reunite with someone in Canada who doesn’t have citizenship or a permanent residence, a written authorization, prepared in advanced, is required.
The second option, McQuarrie noted, is much more difficult, as it requires a prospect to work in healthcare or public safety, as a first respondent, or in a profession that regularly crosses the US-Canada border, becoming a Canadian citizen via the country’s skilled worker program.
McQuarrie also warned people looking to relocate to keep in mind for costs, including the savings minimum of $12,960 needed for permanent residency.