The thought of living in an America in which Donald Trump is president is a rather daunting one, so it’s no wonder many citizens have threatened to flee their homeland should he get into office.
The worst case scenario will see the Republican serving as the head of state for a maximum of 10 years and, if Americans rather not endure a decade of Trump, there are a number of nearby countries they can escape to.
Admittedly, gaining citizenship in some countries requires a more time-consuming process than others, but the prospect of a Trump-free life may just be tempting enough to warrant the effort.
Many Americans are eligible for a permanent resident visa under the skilled worker or business sector of Canadian Immigration.
Then, after four years of working, breathing, and living in the land of maple syrup, you’ll be offered the option of becoming an official Canadian citizen after passing a citizenship test.
You wouldn’t have to relinquish your US citizenship either so, should Trump’s presidency meet an unfortunate demise, you’ll be able to return to your motherland.
To get this you’re required to have close family connections living in the country already, have spent four consecutive years living in Mexico yourself as a temporary resident, apply for a retirement status and prove you’re able to support yourself financially, or meet the minimum score under the new points system.
The only exception is if you are married to a Mexican national and the marriage has been registered in the country. You’ll still have to apply for citizenship but the whole process will be lot shorter.
You’ll then have to pass an exam to prove your knowledge of Mexican history and culture, and have a good grasp of the Spanish language. But beware – you may be asked to renounce your US citizenship and take an oath of sole nationality to Mexico.
The quickest and easiest way of becoming a citizen of the Trump-free, tax haven is through its Friendly Nations Visa. Panama accept nationals of 47 “friendly” nations – the US being one of them – who aim to start, purchase or work within a Panamanian company.
All you’ve then got to do is deposit a minimum of $5,000 into a Panama bank account (plus $2,000 for every dependant) and if your application is accepted you’ll be granted a temporary residency card, with a permanent residency card to follow a year later.
After five years in the country, you’ll become eligible for full citizenship and a Panamanian passport.
You could also gain citizenship if you or you parents or grandparents were born in Jamaica, or if you happen to be married to a Jamaican.
Then there’s the small case of fee, which could be up to $350 – a small price to pay to escape the potential new president.
Thankfully this is pretty easy to get, on the condition you have a clean criminal and medical health record and are able to either buy property or cash $5,000 in a Paraguayan bank account.
Once you’ve been living in the country for just three years as a permanent resident, you’ll then be able to apply for citizenship – and what’s more is that you won’t have to renounce you American citizenship either.
Of course, you could always fast-track these few years if you or your parent were born in Paraguay, or you marry someone who was.