Now that Donald Trump looks like the Republican nominee in the U.S. Presidential race and his chances of getting elected appear to be growing significantly, there are a lot of people who are asking how to move to Canada.
Two articles I wrote, one about the best ways to immigrate to Canada and the other on the five best ways for investors to immigrate to Canada may be useful in answering that question. These materials disclose that there are quite a few options to choose from. You can take a look at them after you finish reading the rest of this article.
While you may be thinking of leaving the United States for political reasons, I thought it might be worthwhile to point out a few other reasons why you might consider Canada as your potential home. Briefly stated they are:
Economic and political stability
A free market economy; mature, tried and tested
Civil rights and liberties, equal to any other nation
Free trade agreements and NAFTA
A UN peacekeeper in almost every effort since the end of the second world war
The Canadian passport just might be the most precious and desired document in the entire world.
No succession duties
Lowest corporate tax of the G7
No glass ceiling, no ghetto
Lifestyle, taxation, conservative values, multicultural, country for all immigrants
Toronto is close to NY, Chicago, Hours by plane from warm climate.
Stability of the banking system, most stable in the world.
Global relationship with the Commonwealth, the Francophonie, the OAS, in fact the rest of the world
Before making the move itself however and since the election is not quite finished yet and it is a little early to start moving already, it may be worthwhile for you just to take an exploratory trip to Canada as a visitor to see if the country is right for you and to explore opportunities there. The following advice may be helpful in making that visit to Canada.
Have the following documents already prepared in this order to deliver to the immigration officer on arrival:
- Your passport
- Your customs declaration form filled out. (Make sure your form and ticket do not contradict each other in any way – eg. return dates or destination).
- Your other immigration document such as a green card or visa.
- Your driver’s license or other form of ID.
- Your airplane ticket showing a return fare, if that works for you.
Prepare for the following questions:
- Where are you headed?
- Where are you from?
- What is the purpose of your trip?
- Where do you work?
- How long have you been working there?
- What do you do?
- Where will you be staying in Canada (Give address)
- Whose place is that?
- Are you married?
- Where is your spouse?
This should pretty much cover all the bases.
Occasionally the officer may ask you to “go over to our secondary inspection and wait there.” Should you be taken to secondary inspection, you will need to answer more detailed questions concerning whatever they are troubled by. Time for brutal honesty in your responses. They may ask:
- Have you filed an application for permanent status?
- Have you ever been stopped from entering Canada previously?
- Have you ever been arrested?
More generally, you will know if the immigration officer is bothered by something because he or she will repeat the question a few different ways. In that event ruthless honesty is required and you must be expansive in your answer….not merely saying yes or no. The chances of you having this much difficulty in entry however, are very small. If you do, you will be well prepared if you follow the above outline.
Once you have taken an exploratory trip, it will be time for you to turn to the various options outlined in this article to see which one is best for you.
Canada will be happy to welcome you!
Originally posted on: http://www.forbes.com/sites/andyjsemotiuk/2016/03/02/how-to-move-to-canada-a-primer/