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Not So Fast: Why Moving to Canada if Trump Wins Will Cost You Big

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While plenty of people have asserted that they will move to Canada should Donald Trump win the US presidency, it would be far cheaper to stay and fight the battle at home.

Following Trump’s big win on Super Tuesday, Google searches for “how to move to Canada” skyrocketed, jumping some 1,150% in one day.  Canada’s immigration and citizenship page was so bombarded that it timed-out with an error message.

As Yahoo News pointed out, the only way a US citizen can immigrate to Canada is if they are already privileged, as the fees to move north add up quickly.

To begin, there is a $75 non-refundable application fee, and another $475 non-refundable fee for the principal application for permanent residence. If you would like to bring a spouse, be ready to cough up an additional $550, also non-refundable. Have children or other family members? That will be another $150 each and, you guessed it, if your application is denied, you don’t get your money back.

However, if you are an entrepreneur or self-employed, you can expect to  pay even more. Add on a $1,050 fee (do we even need to say it at this point?) for your permanent resident visa application.

That adds up quickly for a family of four, as you must dish out between $1,400 and $1,975 to simply ask. At this point we haven’t begun to discuss logistical costs.

“A family of four looking to relocate inside Toronto, close to transit and all the business in the city, may be looking at about $3,000 a month in rent. That's before utilities, which could cost about $200 a month extra. If you're cool with about a 2-hour commute to the city, you could find a place in Toronto's suburbs for about $1,500 a month, but because landlords are not required to pay any utilities — including heat, water or air conditioning — the costs can really rack up. And good luck if you're looking for all this without a job set up in advance,” Yahoo News reported.

This is a pretty expensive move, considering that 76% of Americans have no savings. Of course, they all have too much credit and all that compulsive Visa card use could contribute to another financial crisis. But what it really comes down to is that the only people who have the resources to escape a Trump presidency are the ones who, being white and rich, wouldn’t be affected by his extremist policies in the first place.

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  • jas
    being white and rich, wouldn’t be affected by his extremist policies in the first place.
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    I can't believe anyone writes such trash, much less publish it.
  • art
    Trump has always been a business man, unaffiliated in any ideological school of thought. Technically he cannot be "extremist". The method he is using to knock out his rivals is just a business to him. Portraying the fact that his opponents are falling off the ring one after another as his ideological doctrine is just illiterate.

    Those who have been scared by this type of scare mongering and gasping to move north have an obsolete image of Canada. They will be sorely disappointed in a few years. Canadians don't even own their land; a woman on an island in Europe does. Their elected leaders need to be approved by this woman before taking office.
  • Ann
    Yeah yeah yeah blah blah blah, whatever...Yahoo News is a hillary-loving, leftist liberal site. Why not just ask hillary directly? Besides, liberals leaving this country could be a good thing.
  • brmh16
    That's funny. Americans who come to Canada with a bit of money and maybe a few skills have to pay a pretty penny, but for Syrian refugees who come with nothing but a sprinkling of terrorists, a few wannabes, no intention of assimilating, a little Sharia law and general barbarianism, it's free!!! Welcome! As for any Americans who want to join them, I think they deserve a little financial help in doing so, from everyone else who prefers to stay here in America. If down the road they change their mind and want to come back, they should be charged a very stiff interest on the funds they were granted earlier to deport themselves.
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