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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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