If you’ve ever had to sit through a presidency that you truly couldn’t stomach, you’ve probably at least entertained the thought of leaving the country. But people immigrate from America to other countries around the world for a variety of reasons, and our guess is that Donald Trump probably ranks behind work, family, and opportunity.
Anyone that’s done some research has found that it’s not exactly easy to move to another country. There is almost always a certain amount of red tape involved, and it never happens overnight. But these countries make immigration super easy for Americans that are looking to make their escape and find a new home in a foreign land.
If you don’t mind being cold and not seeing the sun for a few months out of the year, Sweden could be for you! All things considered, moving to Sweden as an American isn’t all that hard. According to Business Insider, becoming a Swede requires that a person be at least 18 years old, be able to prove their identity, set up a permanent residence and stay there for at least five years, and not get into any legal trouble during that time.
Of course, if you’re needing a job to survive, that presents a whole other set of challenges. The job market for Americans in Sweden isn’t exactly easy, and the cost of living is also pretty high. But the upside is quality universal healthcare, free college tuition, and progressive Swedish values that translate to one of the happiest countries on Earth.
Most Americans don’t think about moving to Mexico as an option, but it is! In fact, according to the Migration Policy Institute, more American expats call Mexico home than any other country in the world. A lot of these people are American retirees looking for warm weather, but there are younger people leaving the United States for Mexico as well.
Obtaining an FMM visa will help those that don’t intend to work while in Mexico, and can be renewed every six months. For those that want to work, the prospective employer must submit a work permit application on behalf of the individual. The process is full of red tape and will take months, but it’s worth it if you really want to live in Mexico.
One of the easier countries for Americans to move to is the neighbor to the north; Canada. There are a variety of ways that Americans can get into Canada, whether you’re self-employed, planning to invest in the Canadian economy, work in childcare, or are a skilled worker. The Express Entry program is one common option for people that immigrate to Canada.
The pluses to living in Canada are many. Although it can be cold in most areas and the major cities come with a high cost of living, Canada is also extremely beautiful. The country also comes with universal healthcare, and is supposedly safe enough that you can leave your front door unlocked — but we don’t recommend doing that.
Moving to China may not be high on the list of somebody looking to escape Donald Trump’s America, but it does have one of the easier paths. The most common way for American workers to live in China is by teaching English. Native English-speaking teachers are in tremendous demand in China, and the requirements aren’t nearly as strict as for teachers in the United States. All you really need is a Bachelor’s Degree and have completed a 120-hour TEFL course.
China has amazing culture, food, and entertainment, and in some areas the cost of living is extremely low. But be warned that some organizations designed to help Americans become English teachers in China are pretty sketchy. Do some research to make sure that the company is prepared to set up a work visa for you, otherwise you could find yourself being paid under the table or even deported by the Chinese government.
5. South Korea
The situation with South Korea is pretty similar to that of China. The easiest way to live and work there as an American is to become an English teacher. For Americans, the requirements to teach in South Korea are a Bachelor’s Degree, a background check free of any charges or convictions, and a clean bill of health.
Unlike its neighbor to the north, South Korea has a booming economy that is on the cutting edge of technology. The big cities come with low crime rates, and often the teaching jobs come with decent salaries and furnished apartments with rent covered. Also, as an employee, you would be covered by the low-cost public healthcare system.
Like with all other places, there are some bureaucratic hurdles to moving to Argentina. Getting a tourist visa (staying for 30 days or less) is fairly easy and simple, but for those intending to stay and work the process is a bit more arduous. The prospective employer will help with a lot of it, but the short version is you’ll need a passport, three passport pictures, an employment contract, a birth certificate (and marriage certificate, if applicable), copies of your professional record and college degrees, and a clean criminal record.
There is downside to moving to Argentina. The cost of living is extremely high there thanks to recent inflation as high as 25%, leaving some expats warning others to stay away while the economy rebounds. Wages are low compared to the United States, with most jobs paying between $600 and $800 per month. But still, Argentina comes with 50% more state holidays than America and some pretty excellent steaks. So it’s not the worst option.
You probably have not heard of Svalbard, and that’s OK. It’s technically a part of Norway, but doesn’t fall under the Immigration Act that spans the rest of the country. Indeed, this may be the easiest place in the world to immigrate. No paperwork required, all you need to live in Svalbard is to buy a plane ticket and plant your flag.
The downside is that Svalbard comes with some pretty brutal conditions. The temperature in the winter gets well below zero, for one thing. Being north of the Artic Circle comes with the challenge of constant sunlight in the summer and complete darkness in the winter. There aren’t a ton of benefits of living there, either, in that employment is scarce. Speaking Norwegian is almost certainly going to be required if you do land a job. So although actually making it work in Svalbard isn’t too likely, it would be a fit for anyone that loves frigid weather, speaks Norwegian, and has enough money to survive for a while.
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