Does "President Trump" make you take your money and run?
To Canada?According to recent press, it's a time-honored tradition of US presidential elections: Americans threaten to flee to Canada if their favored candidate doesn't win.
After Donald Trump won big on Super Tuesday, carrying 7 out of 11 states, Americans took that tradition to new lengths. Google searches for "How can I move to Canada?" spiked +350% within 4 hours of the Super Tuesday results.
Obviously, the possibility of Trump becoming President of the United States, has an increasing number of Americans considering a move to other pastures. Canada, right next door, is a convenient solution but there are other, perhaps more exciting possibilities out there.
Exciting alternativesEver thought of settling down in Austria with Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia and Liechtenstein right next door? That's cultural diversity at your fingertips! Austria is a German-speaking country in Central Europe, characterized by its mountain villages, baroque city architecture, Imperial history and rugged alpine terrain. Vienna, its Danube River capital, is home to the Schonbrunn and Hofburg palaces, and has counted Mozart, Strauss and Sigmund Freud among its residents. The country’s other notable regions include the northern Bohemian Forest, Lake Traun and eastern hillside vineyards.
Or do you prefer the milder climate of the Mediterannean Sea? Have you ever considered Malta, where English is one of the official languages? Malta, an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, is a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of St. John, French and British. It has numerous fortresses, megalithic temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers dating to 3600 B.C.E.
Or Cyprus? An island in the eastern Mediterranean, with a rich, turbulent history stretching back to antiquity. Known for its beaches, it has a rugged interior with wine-growing regions. It’s separated into a Greek south and Turkish north, with the capital Nicosia also divided. Coastal Paphos is famed for its archaeological sites relating to the cult of Aphrodite, including ruins of palaces, tombs and mosaic-adorned villas.
Or good old country Germany? It's a Western European country with a terrain of vast forests, rivers and mountain ranges, and 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to thriving art and nightlife scenes, iconic Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and cavernous beer halls, including 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank. It's neighbors are France, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Luxembourg. Visiting all these countries, on a regular basis and enjoying the sights and local cuisine is easy and enriching.
Residence and citizenship programs...Americans welcome!Nevermind if "President Trump" is to come, there are many reasons for a move abroad. According to a new survey from TransferWise conducted last May among 2,090 US adults, over a third of Americans (including over half of Millennials), would consider moving to another country. Expanding horizons, visa free travel, a more exciting lifestyle, better pay, better education, excellent health care systems...the reasons are many.
These interesting and exciting locations (and there are others too) offer residence and citizenship programs for Americans wishing to take up residence abroad and acquiring a new citizenship (and perhaps even giving up their US citizenship at some point along the way). The program requirements vary from place to place, so you will have to take a close look at the pros and cons of each arrangement and choose the one that best suits your needs and plans.