Move to Canada may take longer than you think - WNEM TV 5

Move to Canada may take longer than you think

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The Canadian immigration website crashed after Donald Trump was elected the next president of the United States.

For those wanting to make the move, it's not going to be cheap.

If you go as a skilled worker you have a more than $400 application fee and attorney fees, based on who you hire and what status you want.

Then there's the cost of moving the contents of your home. The average price for a home in Canada is more than $286,000.

However, that's if you get in. It can take a skilled worker up to a year and a self-employed person up to eight years to get accepted. Even marrying a Canada native will take just over a year for citizenship.

TV5 went to Sarnia, Ontario to see how Canadians feel about the results of the election. It was the hot topic at Sideways Bar and Grill.

"It is what it is. You've got four years to figure your stuff out," said Jessica Vriesinga, Sarnia resident.

It seems a lot of Americans are at least considering moving to Canada before Trump even steps foot in the White House.

"I wouldn't blame them if they did. I mean, they got better things in Canada than what we've got here now," said George McLeod, Port Huron resident.

McLeod is one of millions upset with the election results and fears the future. He said he could see himself moving to Canada.

Mike Bradley, mayor of Sarnia, said his phone has been ringing off the hook.

"I think that'll pass, somewhat. But there is genuine concern because we do no know how this individual is going to govern," Bradley said.

Those questions don't exist just for Americans, but also Canadians. Canada is the United States largest trading partner. Bradley said the uncertainty of Trump's approach to trade and borders has many Canadians watching closely.

"It may work out for the best, but right now based on what happened during the campaign we are very concerned," Bradley said.

Back at Sideways Bar and Grill some said politics are politics and they welcome Americans to their country.

"Just swim on across. We've got better beer for you," Vriesinga said.

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