This week’s announcement from the White House is set to suspend the entry of immigrants into the United States unless they can be covered by approved health insurance within 30 days of entry, or possess “the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs”. The proclamation will apply to those seeking immigrant visas to the United States, a popular route for international workers seeking an eventual green card and permanent residence in America. Those exempt from the rule will already be in the United States, or immigrating as asylum seekers, refugees or children.
As immigration to the United States is majority family-based, those most heavily affected will be spouses and parents of US citizens. While legal immigrants in the United States qualify for health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, those benefiting from the Act will no longer be able to obtain a visa, as subsidized coverage does not qualify as insurance under the proclamation.
This week’s proclamation is the latest in a series of moves from President Trump’s administration to cut legal and irregular immigration into the United States. Many are asking how foreign nationals are reasonably supposed to be expected to purchase American health insurance from abroad, without a Social Security number or U.S. health history – to which there is no clear answer so far.
As immigration to the United States sees steady restrictions across programs, foreign nationals should welcome the news that Canada currently holds its most ambitious economic immigration targets ever. The Canadian government has developed its fastest, most efficient and accessible immigration system through Express Entry, targeting foreign skilled workers who will be a strong match for the Canadian labour force. Even better, Canada’s Express Entry system results in permanent resident status for successful applicants and their family, allowing them to live and work anywhere in the country for as long as they like.
If you want to know more about how you can begin the path to living and working in Canada, complete our free online assessment! The information you provide here will allow us to tell you about your options.
Express Entry | Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has announced details of their largest draw ever recorded for a single stream. Yesterday’s draw issued 986 invitations to eligible […]
Express Entry | Jobs in Canada
Statistics Canada has released the September Labour Force Survey, finding that 54,000 Canadian jobs were created in September this year. Core-aged workers from 25 to […]
Express Entry | Express Entry Draw
500 Express Entry candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades program will receive invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the 128th Express Entry draw on October 16th, […]
Atlantic Immigration | Canadian Immigration 2019
The province of PEI is growing at the fastest rate in the country, a recent study has revealed. For the fourth year in a row, […]
Canadian Immigration 2019 | Jobs in Canada
Jobs in Canada’s healthcare industry have seen exceptional growth in recent years. A study has revealed that healthcare is the biggest contributor in boosting Canada’s […]
Canadian Immigration 2019 | Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The province of British Columbia has added eight new communities to participate under the Entrepreneur Regional Pilot of its Entrepreneur Immigration stream. Over 60 participating […]