During this years' Super Tuesday, Donald Trump led the
Republican primaries winning 7 states and 256 delegates. Perhaps
more interesting than the voting polls on Super Tuesday, was the
Google trends that followed. Within hours of releasing the Super
Tuesday results, the Google search for "how to move to
Canada" by U.S. residents increased 1150% according to Google
Trends" tool. Frequency of this search topic was higher than
it had ever been in the history of Google, and at midnight that
night, an error message also appeared on Immigration, Refugees and
Citizenship Canada's website, indicating that they were
experiencing technical difficulties, as the website was having
trouble loading. An analysis of the searches showed that the
majority were from Virginia and Massachusetts, two of the states
that Donald Trump had won.
The last time "how to move to Canada" spiked was in
2004 when George W. Bush was re-elected, This resulted in an
increase in U.S. immigration to Canada of tens of thousands of
people. However, the spike that was caused by George Bush's
re-election pales in comparison to that caused by Donald Trump on
U.S. nationals considering making the move to Canada must first
ensure that they are admissible to Canada. An individual may not be
admissible to Canada due to criminality, health issues, financial
reasons, prior non-compliance with Canadian immigration legislation
including misrepresentation, or having an inadmissible family
member. Many individuals are unaware that an impaired driving
charge in the U.S. can make them inadmissible to Canada. We can
assess your admissibility and assist with overcoming
inadmissibility where possible.
If admissibility is not an impeding factor, the next
consideration is determining the category under which to apply for
permanent residence. There are a variety of options when it comes
to applying for permanent residence in Canada, including family
sponsorship categories, economic categories, entrepreneurial
categories, caregivers, and refugee programs.
Family sponsorship allows eligible Canadian nationals who are at
least 18 years old to sponsor their spouse, partner, children,
parents, grandparents and other eligible relatives to become
permanent residents in Canada.
Express Entry is the new online process for applicants in
economic categories to apply for and obtain permanent residence as
a skilled immigrant. Express Entry includes applicants under the
Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program,
Canadian Experience Class and certain Provincial Nominee Programs.
Express Entry is touted as being a way for Canada to attract and
retain the best and the brightest. The system compares potential
candidates based on work experience, language ability, education
and other skills that lead to economic success in Canada. With a
six-month processing time for selected candidates, this is one of
the most popular methods to obtain permanent residence within
The entrepreneurial categories include Start-up Visa, Immigrant
Investor and Self-Employed categories and are more restrictive than
the economic categories. Start-up applicants must have at least 10%
of the voting rights of a business idea and the support of a
government approved 'designated organization' which owns
more than 50% of the voting rights. Investor applicants must have a
personal net worth of at least $10 million, acquired through
lawful, private sector business or investments, not inheritance or
primary property value. Self-employed individuals must be
self-employed and have experience in cultural activities or
athletics at a world-class level or have experience in farm
management and intend to make a significant contribution to
Refugee applications can be made by people who are seeking
asylum in a new country for safety reasons. A refugee must have
left their home country due to a well-founded fear of persecution
based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular
social group or political opinion, and be unable or, by reason of
that fear, be unwilling to return. The potential that Donald Trump
may be elected as President of the United States does not allow
U.S. nationals to claim refugee status in Canada.
While the application process can seem daunting, we can assist
you in determining which category is the most appropriate, given
your specific set of circumstances, and help prepare a technically
strong and detailed application package and assist you throughout
the process of immigrating to Canada.
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
A unique feature of the new Canada express entry immigration system is that candidates can improve their comprehensive ranking score while in the express entry pool, without submitting a new application. We review important strategies.
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