The recent Donald Trump election could never have been predicted.
Like a scene from a movie, many Americans were shocked and rioted once they received the news that Trump would be their next president.
Many cried, some were angry and most just accepted the uncertainty of what the next four years would unfold.
Would Trump cancel the NAFTA agreement which he called the “worse deal ever made?”
Will he reduce the tension and violence that is spreading throughout cities like Chicago and bring order to those who attack law enforcement?
Will health care in the USA be superior and affordable to all?
Will he deport all illegal immigrants and take immediate action to remove all those working illegally?
It seems that all the above will be done as soon as Trump takes office in January 2017.
The logistics of implementing each initiative is cumbersome but Trump’s continued rhetoric has many scared.
So much so that many have looked north for safety — to immigrate to Canada.
The reality is that many are not waiting for the axe to fall and have already taken steps to apply to Canada.
The wave of dissention has been so great that the Canadian Immigration website crashed — something that has never happened before.
It is therefore obvious that Trump’s threats are being taken seriously that many who have no status in USA are taking appropriate steps.
In a similar vein, many USA universities have seen a sharp decline in enrolment and applications from applicants from abroad given Trump’s anti-immigrant stance.
The loss in international student fees to these universities, including ancillary benefits are no doubt in the millions of dollars.
Conversely, Canadian Universities has seen a sharp increase in international student applications as compared to last year.
This is no doubt it is in direct correlation to Trump’s victory.
Statistics already indicate that families and skilled applicants in the USA (with or without legal status) are applying at record numbers to Canada.
The fact that a person has no status in the USA or lost status in the past is not a ban to applying for Canada.
For many, the “Plan B” (immigrating to Canada) is no longer the second choice but is now “Plan A.”
Those from the USA have an indirect advantage over others.
In particular, applicants from the USA are more likely to have a strong proficiency in English — one factor Canada looks at.
As well, most applicants in the USA have at least one or two college diplomas.
Again, a strong factor Canada values under their current immigration selection program.
Work experience and age are other important factors to a successful Canadian application.
The next four years will be an interesting and entertaining journey for the world but those who are illegal in the USA do not have time in their favour.
It is unlikely that Trump will leave his anti-immigrant voice on the back burner.
His pro-American strategy to remove those who are illegal in the USA is only a matter of time.
To those affected, immediate action is required.
Atty. Henry Moyal is a certified and licensed immigration lawyer in Toronto, Ontario.
The above article is general advice only and is not intended to act as a legal document.