There comes a time in a person’s life when he or she just needs to get out of the country for good, or at least a very long time. But one cannot just decide on the fly to move to a country and set up permanent residency. Countries have borders and laws to protect those borders. However, there are some countries that make immigrating a little easier than others. Here are 10 of those countries.
In 2016, many United States citizens swore a move north to Canada following the presidential election. That mass exodus didn’t actually happen with a mere 66 more applications in 2017 from the previous year, according to CNN. However, if individuals had actually followed through on their promises, they could have immigrated quite easily.
In fact, Canada has an express entry program for potential residents. You will however have to prove your worthiness that is based on several factors including intellect (you will have to take a test), if you studied in Canada, have family there, if you speak French. If you score high on these points of interest as well as the points on the test — and can pay the $500 CAD ($390 US), you’re can likely sail or drive over the border into the Great White North.
Another country sharing a border with the United states that could easily serve as an exit place should you need it, is Mexico. Sure, the borders are tightening up for those moving north, but if you want to swap your US live for a Mexican one, by all means, cross that border.
All you need is the clothes on your back, and a few dollars in your pocket to buy a FMM visa, aka, a tourist card. This is of course, if you don’t intend to find work in Mexico. The FMM lasts up to 6 months, and you can renew it several times over for just $21 each time. That’s right, you can literally spend $42 a year to legally live in a country with some of the most sought after beaches, historic cities and mountainous country the world has to offer.
That being said, if you continue to renew your visitor permit, you may have your intentions questioned by an immigration official. In that case, it might be wise to apply for a residency permit, which is also quite easy to obtain. To do so, You will need to leave Mexico and apply via a Mexican Consulate abroad, but the requirements are still pretty simple.
For instance, if you have close family connections in Mexico; would like to retire there and have enough money to do so; can prove that you have lived in the country consecutively for four years as a temporary resident; or can be granted residency on humanitarian grounds or through political asylum, you can easily get a residency permit to live in Mexico.
A little farther from the U.S. border — approximately 5,000 miles or 9 flight hours — is Austria. And according to many sources, it is rather easy to immigrate to this faraway land.
Now, if you’re like most U.S. citizens, you’re only connection to this country is actor and former Mr. Universe and California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. You may have even tried to mimic his accent a time or two.
Truth be told, there is more to this country than The Terminator, and if you immigrate there, you may not be telling your U.S. family and friends, “I’ll be back.”
In order to immigrate there, all you will need to qualify for is a Red-White-Red Card. This program which is under Austria’s flexible immigration model, toffers qualified third-country workers and their family members a single permit for working and settling permanently in Austria.
Now, if you read the last section and thought we wrote Australia, no big deal. Australia is also fairly simple to immigrate to — you just need to travel about 4,500 farther and cross the equator. But, once you get down under, you might as well stay a while. After all, Australia has just about everything.
From natural wonders and wide open spaces, to beaches and deserts, it is perfect for the avid outdoor adventurer. If the Outback doesn’t attract you, Australia is one of the world’s most urbanised countries with large, hopping cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.
There are several ways to immigrate to Australia including several options for moving your family, working and studying visas. Basically, if you want to move to the country and can prove that you will not be a drain on the economy, you can call this really cool place home.
Speaking of crossing the equator, Ecuador prides itself on being one of the prime countries that has that dividing line pass right through it. And located between Columbia and Peru along the eastern coast of South America, this small country has beaches to flock to and live on! Plus, Ecuador is home to the Inca Ruins to 500-year-old cathedrals and mountainous jungle trails.
To snag yourself a little piece of Ecuadorian heaven, there are several avenues to take. There is of course a work visa (Pensioner’s Visa), which will require that you earn a sustainable income (approximately $800 per month, plus an additional $100 per month for each dependent). If you plan on opening a business, you can get a business visa by investing $30,000 in the economy through your business. Finally, if you would like to retire here, you can get a retirement visa, of course by proving that you have enough funds to support yourself — and not let your senior self be a burden on the Ecuadorian economy.
If you can pronounce the name of this country with a good old roll of the youngue (nic-a-drrr-agua), then you might be a good candidate to immigrate here. If not, you may need a little more work. However, if you can master that tongue roll, you’re one step closer to a relatively easy immigration to a country that has some of the world’s youngest volcanoes.
To immigrate to this fine land of hot lava, it is much like Ecuador in that you will need to prove that you have enough income to live off of, which according to the Ecuadorian government is about $600 per month+ $100 for each dependent.
While this is easy enough, if you are planning to retire in Nicaragua, it is basically smooth sailing. Due to the The Law of Resident Pensioners and Retirees, the government gives benefits in the form of tax incentives to retirees who move there. You just need to meet the minimum income requirement from pensions ($600 p/m) to set up residency. You can even be as young as 45 years old, and unlike many other countries, Nicaragua allows you to work if you choose to do so. You know, retirement life is so boring. Why not fill time up with more work?
The flag is blue and white, and it waves high for proud citizens of this country who welcome you with open arms — especially if you love soccer, wine, festivals, horses, waterfalls, historical and thriving cities, free education and more.
Yes, Argentina has it all, and you can have it, too!
If you want to move to this South American country, there are several visas you can aquire, like if you are a student, if you plan to work in the country, or invest in it as a business opportunity. To become a permanent resident or citizen, you will need to have all of your documentation including birth certificate, other identifying documents, bank statements and proof of positive cash flow.
If you’re not quite up to the populousness of Argentina, just travel slightly north along the coastline, and you will find yourself in Uruguay.
Known for the Tango — like literally, the birthplace of this dance – Uruguay likes to par-tay. And just like its southern brother, Argentina, it also has world famous wine. But, that’s not all. It has affordable healthcare, no quarantine period for pets tagging along with their owners, clean streets and a very stable economy.
So, if you like to dance and swirl your bordeaux glass like the best of them, in clean streets while your dog tags along, find yourself in Uruguay. And since you’ll likely want to permanently stay once you step foot in this country, we’ll skip the visa info because one you step over the border and decide to stay, the countdown for citizenship starts right away.
Once you reside in the country for at least five years (three if you’re married) and be granted residency to apply for citizenship, you are well on your way to calling Uruguay your permanent home.
The Panama Canal flows effortlessly across the Isthmus of Panama Canal, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans — almost as effortlessly as it takes to immigrate to this historically beautiful country.
Panama is known as one of the, if not the easiest country to immigrate to. According to sovereignman.com, Panamanian residency requirements have remained simple in 2017 and 2018, especially if you are immigrating from a “Friendly Nation”.
Citizens of 50 countries with close cultural and economic ties to Panama qualify for residency through the Friendly Nations program, as well as Panamanian citizenship and a passport. Some of the nations on the list include the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, Israel and South Africa. Also on the list are every country member of the European Union as well as many Asian and Latin American countries.
Well, it may not be a hop-skip and a jump from the U.S. border, a Spanish speaking country, have the equator run through it, be located just south of the equator or share many of the same letters as a country that does, but Bulgaria most definitely make the list of easiest, and might we add, best places to immigrate to.
How’s that for a run on sentence?
Bulgaria is known for great yogurt, golden treasures and and a metropolitan city right next to a mountain.
How’s that for random, unrelated facts?
And, if you want to call this bagpipe-playing metropolis home immediately and permanently, all you need is BGN 1,000,000 (approx USD 600,564) to invest in the country. However, if you don’t have that sort of chump change, you can receive a Bulgarian ID/residency card for foreigners that allows multiple entries and stay in Bulgaria. You are allowed to renew your Bulgarian residency card for up to 5 years, after which you can apply for permanent residency/citizenship — and purchase those bagpipes you’ve always wanted.