He’s one of the most divisive candidates ever to run for office, but now the fear of Republican hope Donald Trump actually becoming US President later this year seems to be driving some Americans to truly drastic measures like seeking out a new life in another country.
And we aren’t just talking Mexicans and Muslims.
As many as 28% of Americans are reportedly considering leaving the US if Republican candidate Donald Trump gets elected in November, with Canada and Ireland as their apparent preferred destinations. Two of the current most-searched terms on Google are How do I move to Canada? and How do I move to Ireland?
Opening its doors to disgruntled Americans is the tiny island of Inishturk (population currently 58) off the coast of County Mayo in Ireland. Inishturk Development Officer Mary Heanue was recently quoted as saying:
I’ve heard there are quite a few people in America looking to move to Ireland and to other countries if Donald Trump becomes president. I’d like them to know that we would love to see them consider moving over here.
While Inishturk certainly looks a charming and picturesque location and Mary Heanue must be commended on her desire to assist concerned Americans preparing to flee from the wrath of The Donald should he take power, at its most vibrant back in 1847 Inishturk had a population of 570 so how it would cope with an influx of up to 100 million Americans remains to be seen.
Celebrities Getting In On The Act
Ever since Donald Trump’s presidential campaign began gaining traction, several high profile celebrities have stated that they would consider moving from the US should he become Commander in Chief. These celebs include former CNN and “The Daily Show” host and now movie producer Jon Stewart, Oscar winning actress and comedienne Whoopi Goldberg and international TV and pop star Miley Cyrus. Also considering leaving America are Grammy and Oscar winning superstar Cher, global box-office heavyweight Samuel L. Jackson, and former Mrs. Tom Cruise Katie Holmes.
Cher famously tweeted:
Jon Stewart claims he wouldn’t just leave the US if Trump gets in the Whitehouse: he’s jumping in a rocket and leaving the planet because this one has gone bonkers!
Realistically, If You Leave the US, Where Can You Go?
If you aren’t Cher or Sam Jackson who would surely be granted honorary citizenship in any country they chose (Miley Cyrus we are not quite sure) or you don’t have a rocket like Jon Stewart seems to, but you were still deadly serious about upping sticks and leaving the US, where could you realistically go?
If you are a German-American, Irish-American, British-American or have ties to any European nation by virtue of your parents or grandparents, you may be entitled to citizenship to that nation by virtue of your genealogy. For further information contact us as 2ndPassports.com and we will help determine if this is a possibility and if so how to proceed.
What About Citizenship by Investment?
Of course, the easiest way of guaranteeing yourself an escape plan – and a sound business move regardless – is the acquisition of a second passport via a Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program. CBI is the process of making a financial investment normally commercial or real estate into a country of your choosing and in return receiving the citizenship and passport of said country. This citizenship normally encompasses your spouse and children also. The United States has no issue with dual citizenship, so you will retain your US passport.
The most popular locations for CBI are the EU and the Caribbean, for differing reasons.
Benefits of an EU Passport
Wealthy individuals from Asia, Africa and the Middle-East seek out an EU passport because it elevates their freedom of travel to a level far in excess of what they are used to. Most passports from Middle-Eastern, African and Asian nations are severely limited to around 50 countries that can be visited visa-free, while an EU passport guarantees its holder access to 160+ nations worldwide without the need for a visa.
An EU passport also allows its holder the right to live and work anywhere in Western Europe indefinitely. EU nations that have CBI programs include Germany, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta.
Benefits of a Caribbean Passport
As the US passport already allows holders access to 174 countries worldwide – making it the fourth most powerful passport on the market the main benefit of an EU passport for an American would be the right to live and work anywhere in Europe for unlimited duration.
However, an interesting alternative would be to take out second citizenship to a Caribbean island paradise, where the taxes are low (if any) and the banks are both discreet and creative.
For example, citizenship to St Kitts and Nevis can cost as little as $200,000, requires no actual residence, and can be acquired in just 45 days. St Kitts and Nevis were the first nation to operate a CBI program back in 1984, and their current program is rated as the best in the Caribbean.
A St Kitts and Nevis passport grants its holder visa-free access to 130 countries worldwide including Europe’s 26-nation Schengen Zone. Additionally, as a St Kitts and Nevis citizen one automatically becomes a member of CARICOM (the Caribbean Community). CARICOM is the Caribbean’s very own Schengen Zone, and as a member one is free to live, work and bank in any of the 15 member-nations including the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Barbados.
One disgruntled American who has already chosen to make St Kitts and Nevis his home is author and entrepreneur Adam Bilzerian (pictured above), brother of international poker-playing playboy Dan Bilzerian. Several years ago Adam became so dismayed with US politics he chose to make a $400,000 investment into a Marriotts development in St Kitts and Nevis in return for citizenship. He subsequently fell in love with the place and has lived happily there ever since. He now holds dual citizenship to both the US and St Kitts and Nevis.
If you are serious about planning a post-Trump-regime escape from the US, or you are intrigued about the possibilities of second citizenship and what they could do for you and would like more information, why not contact 2ndPassports.com today?
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