With English being spoken more widespread than ever before, it is easy for Americans to create a new life abroad. The reasons for leaving the United States are numerous and broad, including marrying a foreigner, work or business opportunities, religious reasons, political issues, safety concerns, family reasons, and more. Emigration from the US is not tracked; however, are more people arriving to the US than leaving it. The State Department estimated that 9 million non-military US citizens living abroad as of 2016.
The immigration process in some countries can be extremely difficult and expensive. In the United States, for example, immigrants typically need to apply for a Green Card or immigrant visa, which requires possession of a passport, a sponsor, an application, a medical examination, and an interview. To become a citizen, you must have a Green Card for at least five years, apply for naturalization, and go through a ten-step naturalization process.
There are many countries around the world where the immigration process is less stressful and where adjusting to the new culture is easy.
The first of these countries is Sweden. Sweden is one of the happiest countries in the world with quality universal health care, progressive values and free college. In order to become a citizen, a person must be at least 18 years old, be able to prove their identity, set up a permanent residence, and stay there for at least five years without getting into legal trouble during that time.
Another great option for Americans to move to is the United States’ neighbor Canada. There are many ways to enter Canada, including Express Entry, which allows a person to enter as a skilled worker. The process is much simpler than it is in the United States, and there are more means to be granted a visa. Canadian’s enjoy universal health care and a culture similar to that in the United States.
In order to move to South Korea, the easiest way is to become an English teacher. Americans are required to have a Bachelor’s degree, a clean record (no criminal charges or convictions), and good health. English teachers often have decent salaries and paid for, furnished apartments. Additionally, South Korea has a booming economy and the cities have low crime rates.
The Czech Republic has recently moved its economy into high-tech, services-led knowledge industry sectors and has the highest job vacancy than any other European country. Expats in the Czech Republic tend to earn more than nationals, who have a positive attitude towards foreigners, and the Czech Republic is one of the top ten safest countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index.
Other countries that are easy to move to include Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, all of which offer a 12-month working-holiday visa for those between ages 18-30. China is another option, with the same type of entry as South Korea. Lastly, in general, the European Union countries make it relatively easy to obtain citizenship if one has a parent or grandparent who was born there.