So I'm not a Canuck (yet) but my wife and I agreed tonight we're going to explore it. We're starting to think we can come to Canada now voluntarily or later as refugees, the way things are going in 'Murica.
So we're thinking in terms of permanent residency, applying for dual citizenship. Depending on how things go, we may renounce our US citizenship at that point.
My wife and I are both independent contractors with what you might call "portable business income". That is, we're 100% telecommutes and can live most anywhere and still make the same income off our American clients. It's a comfortable enough income that we're debt-free. So we would not take any work from Canadians. All we need is a place to live and good Internet service. We're self-supporitng and a clear net gain for the Canadian economy.
However it seems like everything I've seen about the process of applying for permanent residency in Canada doesn't really contemplate someone with an income that's not dependent on geography. I realize most immigrants will be wage earners starting near the bottom of the food chain, economically and socially, and Canada wants to protect Canadian jobs, etc. I realize having a sponsoring employer and/or relatives is helpful in that situation. But those considerations simply don't apply to people in our situation.
Anyone have insight into how best to approach this? I'll be reaching out to consulting attorneys and accountants and immigration specialists but just wonder if anyone here has any domain knowledge to share.
Some random thoughts from someone who lived in Canada;
If your net worth is high enough, you can essentially buy landed immigrant status by investing a certain amount in a Canadian business. I don't know the amount anymore but I suspect it is at least a million CAD.
If you start a business in Canada, or move your current business to Canada, or open an office of your current business in Canada, you may be able to transfer yourself to Canada if you're paying yourself on W2.
You don't need French, you just need to demonstrate competence in English or French, not both.
Also, I think only one of you has to qualify. So if your wife has a higher point value, you can get in as her husband.
The easiest way is for one of you to get a job in Canada. The second easiest way is to get a job with a company that has offices in both countries and then do an inter-company transfer to Canada.
Good luck and please keep me updated on what you find out.