For many Americans, it maybe a one-time joke of moving to Canada, but now that Donald Trump is the new president of the United States, it has taken a more serious tone.
Earlier, Canada’s immigration and citizenship website crashed as more people are looking into the possibility. But it seems not so easy to run along the border. The process could be slow and expensive, in some cases, it can take years.
As Michael Huynh, a Toronto immigration laywer with the firm Orange LLP previously told Fortune, that there are three main ways to become a Canadian citizen. They include having a “special” skill or profession, joining their immediate family members residing already in Canada, or claiming political asylum as a “protected person”.
According to Huynh, family is the easiest way and having a special skill is the second. But it depends on what skill it is.
“If someone is a professional, we have categories for them that are easy to meet. Anything from doctor to lawyer to scientist to teacher. If you’re a grocer, it’s harder,” Huynh said.
Huynh also said that despite some Americans may feel about a Trump presidency, they can legitimately claim the “protected persons” or “refugee class”.
As an added good news, Americans can also visit for months at a time, even without a special visa, if they’re not willing to endure the immigration process.