After the election of Donald Trump in 2016, many people (including me) employed the same overworked Twitter joke about how disillusioned Americans would soon be desperate to marry comely Canadians for our citizenship.
After Canada’s immigration site crashed on Election Night, it seemed all but inevitable Canada would receive a wave of Yankees eager to beg, borrow or marry there way out of the US of A. However, a new report from RapidVisa proves there are still plenty of Canadians who are prepared to move South of the 49th parallel for love.
The US has long been the top importer of Canada’s natural resources, and one of those resources turns out to be fiancés (It’s a wonder there aren’t more of us on that reality show 90 Day Fiance! TLC, please rectify this!).
So, what do an amorous American and a crazy in love Canadian do when they meet at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico and fall madly in love? Long-distance relationships can get tiresome pretty quickly. Obviously, it makes sense for cross-border love birds to prefer being in close proximity.And if they decide to live stateside, the next step is to apply for the K-1 visa, which allows spouses-to-be to enter the US in order to marry. The catch? Couples are limited to a mere 90 days before they have to tie the knot (Hence 90 Day Fiance’s title). While the majority of applicants for the K-1 visa are from Asian and Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines, Canada comes in number ten on the list of most common origin countries of K-1 recipients. In total, 868 Canadian nationals crossed the border for love in 2017.
The top American destination for K-1 recipients is California, with 6,312 K-1 visa holders relocating to the Golden State in 2017 alone, many of whom hail from The Great White North. Of course, we hope those Canadian fiancés still cheer for the Raptors!
So, would you give up timbits, poutine and proper gun control laws for love? Let us know what you think!