Consider Canada amidst rising US gun violence
Gun violence in the United States continues to be a critical concern. Despite efforts to regulate gun usage, the statistics remain daunting. This reality has left many individuals contemplating alternative living options. One such opportunity lies to the north: Canada, a nation known for its safety, inclusivity, and high quality of life. As a professional in Canadian immigration and work permit applications, I am committed to assisting those considering this route.
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Gun Violence in the US: A Grave Concern for US Citizens
The gun violence issue in America has escalated significantly over the past few years. In 2021, the US recorded the highest number of gun-related deaths, with 48,830 fatalities. This was a 23% increase from 2019, with a particularly alarming rise in deaths among children and teens, increasing 50% in just two years.
Unfortunately, the trend did not improve in 2022, with 44,310 gun-related deaths reported. Despite a drop compared to the past year, the number of fatalities in 2022 remained shockingly high. By May 1, 2023, gun violence had already claimed 13,959 lives, averaging 115 deaths per day in 2023.
Canada: A viable alternative for US citizens
In stark contrast, Canada reported a significantly lower gun death rate, only 2.1 per 100,000 people in 2016. While the US struggles with gun violence, Canada provides a safer environment, universal healthcare, inclusivity, and a shared cultural affinity with the US.
What options exist for Americans in Canada?
Canadian permanent resident program is almost the same for all nationalities. However, most US citizens may have an edge because of the following reasons:
- They master English, one of the official languages of Canada.
- Their cultural similarities and significant interactions with Canadians could lead to family sponsorship via marriages or common-law relationships.
- Some of them have potentially retrievable roots in Canada.
When it comes to temporary residents, however, US citizens enjoy an array of opportunities, namely:
- US citizens do not need a visitor visa or eTA to travel to Canada.
- The CUSMA agreement (formerly NAFTA) allows many to secure a work permit in Canada.
- Two provinces in Canada, Ontario and Nova Scotia, easily allow American physicians to receive a license to practice.
- US citizens may apply for a study or work permit at the port of entry (conditions apply).
Of course, the devil is in the details. That’s why you need an expert on your side.
Let us help
Navigating the immigration process can be a daunting task. As an experienced professional in Canadian immigration and work permit applications, I can provide the guidance and expertise you need. Whether you need assistance with work permits, study permits, immigration applications, or resolving inadmissibility issues, I am here to help. I received my license in January 2011 and have been practicing as a full-time immigration consultant. I also hold a Master’s degree in Law from York University.
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- “What the data says about gun deaths in the US” – Pew Research Center
- “More than 13,900 people killed in gun violence so far in 2023” – ABC News
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