How to Move to Another Country if the Election Doesn't Go Your Way
We all take our frustrations out in different ways.
As this never-ending election season finally draws to a close, many Americans are starting to feel the frustration mounting. According to data from Google Trends, the past few weeks have seen an uptick in Americans searching for “How to move to…” (The number of Americans searching how to leave saw a significant increase immediately following every debate, by the way.)
No matter who wins the election on Tuesday, some people are bound to be disappointed. Here are the places they’re looking to relocate to and how to actually do it.
Those hoping to get over their election blues down under, Australia’s immigration process is fairly easy. There are special visas available for skilled workers, especially for doctors or those looking to work in agriculture.
Americans can either get a visa or, if they’re truly ashamed of the way their country voted, renounce citizenship and become an Aussie after attaining permanent residency. The fee to become a citizen is about $200, which is less than a night at a Trump Hotel.
New Zealand is specifically courting politically-exhausted Americans to move to their country while waiting for the next election cycle. The country flaunts its temperate climate, public healthcare system and diverse environment to Americans with one foot already out the door.
Those who are interested in moving to New Zealand must first obtain a visa, either as a worker, student or business owner/investor. Wannabe Kiwis can register their interest with the government and then obtain emails with potential jobs and visa offers.
A hop across the pond may be the perfect distance for Americans looking to wile away the next four years. But it’s possible to spend up to six months in England without a visa.
To qualify for a UK visa, Yanks must, generally, first already have a job or student enrollment in the country. If neither of these applies, there are special visas made specifically for athletes, religious leaders, investors and “exceptional talent.” And no, political Facebook commentary does not count as exceptional talent, no matter how witty it may be.
Before considering the UK, remember that after the Brexit vote, many Brits also considered leaving their country and Googled “How to move to Canada.” The grass is always greener on the other side.
There are a few options for Americans looking to escape to the Irish moors.
For a short term stay, visitors are allowed to spend up to three months without a visa. After that, they will need to either work, study or retire to stay legally in the country.
For those who dislike all of those options and happen to have Irish heritage, there’s a third option for citizenship. Having at least one grandparent who was an Irish citizen could fast-track an Irish citizenship application, provided that they’re logged in the Foreign Birth Register.
Currently it’s possible to hold dual citizenship between Ireland and the U.S., so voters can always come back in four years.
For Americans who think that the other side of the world is not far enough from a country who voted opposite their wishes, go to the extreme and consider Japan.
One of the most common ways for Americans to receive a Japanese visa is by signing up to teach English abroad. If that option is not appealing, there are a few ways into the country: Marry a Japanese citizen, get a Japanese-speaking job or apply for a “cultural activities” visa by taking courses in tea ceremony or flower arranging.
Every country in the EU has different policies regarding immigration. However those who gain citizenship in one European country will be able to travel freely throughout the continent and could end up settling anywhere they like.
So future EU citizens can just change countries every time a politician with whom they don’t agree is elected to office.