5 reasons why you should immigrate to Canada rather than the USA!
You may think I’m crazy to say this, wondering how a cold country with a meager population of 35 million could be better for immigration than the mighty superpower with a population of 318 million? Do not get me wrong. The US is a great immigration country. Most of the times when I said, “I’m going to a foreign country,” people would ask, “What state in the US?” Yes, the US is the most popular country among immigrants around the world. There is no doubt about that. However, there are a few reasons why I came to Canada and prefer to live in Canada over the US. Let’s see what they are:
1) Friendly Immigration Policy: People who have crossed both borders can easily tell you the difference at the airport for yourself. Yes, Canada’s immigration policy is much simpler and friendlier than the US. Getting a Canadian study permit, work permit, tourist visa, Permanent Residence (PR), or even citizenship other than the United States is relatively easy. The process to be followed and the documentation required for any of the above procedures are much easier for Canada than for the US.
Snippet: Do you know your spouse can work here in Canada even if you have a study permit / work permit? Try that in the USA!
2) Better Health System: The health system in Canada is one of the best publicly funded health systems in the world and everyone receives the same care regardless of their financial situation. Not only that, according to the Canada Health Act, if you are a Canada resident almost anything medically necessary is treated for free. Don’t get me wrong, you have to pay your monthly premiums according to provincial or territorial health insurance plans. Believe me, these monthly premiums you pay in Canada are very reasonable and nowhere near as high as the premiums people pay in the US. British Columbia will treat you even if you haven’t paid your health insurance premiums in the past few months (but premiums may be collected later). What I mean to say is that you will not be denied treatment just because you are not insured.
Snippet: Do you know that all basic medical and surgical services that are medically necessary are covered for a monthly premium of USD 70? Try that in the USA!
3) Affordable Education: Canada’s education system is largely public (read “free”) and every child is required to attend school from the ages of 5 to 16 or 18 depending on the province in which they live. You can choose to place your children in public schools (free education) or in private schools where you have to pay. Do not misunderstand that public education is inferior or only for poor children as is the case in many countries around the world. According to Statcan, almost 95% of children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools in 2010/2011 attended public schools. Even after your child completes secondary education, the money you spend on their college / university education can be far less than what you could spend on similar quality education in the US.
Snippet: According to a study by HSBC Canada, the average tuition fees for an international student (based on fees charged at the top 10 colleges and universities in Canada) is $ 18,474. Try that in the USA!
4) Better Security: Unlike the US, Canada has no gun culture. Most US states have regulations that allow a common man to carry a hidden weapon. When was the last time you heard a shot at a US university where a school boy shot his teacher and other classmates? Not that long ago, wasn’t it? But not here in Canada. Canada has strict gun regulations where gun licenses are very well managed with adequate background checks, face-to-face interviews, and safety training.
Snippet: In most parts of Canada, you will feel perfectly safe on a bus / train, even at 2am in the morning. Try that in the USA!
5) Better overall lifestyle: Although lifestyle means differently for different people according to the OECD Better Life Index, it includes housing, income, employment, community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance. With the exception of housing