Lately, I’ve been pondering the oft repeated phrase “Love it or leave it” that is so often thrown at those who disagree with the decisions and actions taken by the U.S. Government. For quite some time I’ve been aware that I, personally, am not allowed to leave the borders of the United States, but I was curious how difficult it would be for the “average joe” to emigrate on a permanent basis. In other words, I’ve been examining expatriation. Like most things, the government has rules for expatriation, one of which is that you must already have established citizenship in another nation.
This lead me to an investigation of Canada’s immigration laws (Canada and Mexico being the only foreign states I’ve visited) and the website of Matthew Jeffrey, a Toronto Immigration Litigation attorney has been mighty helpful in this regard.
Unlike most sites dedicated to generating clientèle for a particular attorney or law firm, Mr Jeffrey’s site offers a full primer on Canadian immigration law. While a bit cookie-cutter in format this familiarity adds to the easy functionality of the site. The explanations of Family Sponsorship, Business Immigration, Work Permits, Permanent Resident Visas, etc are written in clear, plain language for ease of understanding.
While one should clearly follow through and speak to a legal authority before undertaking Candian immigration, this site offers enough insight for most people to determine if further investigation is worthwhile.