The Queen might have already agreed to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moving to Canada, but that doesn’t mean they get to jump the line when they apply for PR.
WILL PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE GET SPECIAL TREATMENT WHEN THEY APPLY FOR PR?
When it comes to applying for Permanent Residency to Canada, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have to submit an application to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) just like everyone else.
IRCC released a statement saying:
“There are no provisions in the Citizenship Act that confer Canadian citizenship status to members of the royal family. In order to become legal permanent residents of Canada, they would need to apply through our normal immigration processes. However, members of the royal family are not required to seek authorization to come to and stay in Canada as visitors.”
DUKE & DUCHESS OF SUSSEX WILL NOT NEED TO APPLY FOR A VISITORS VISA
Immigration experts don’t expect the Royals to apply for PR, instead taking the path of least resistance and coming as visitors.
Foreign nationals can come to Canada as tourists, and can stay up to six months on a Visitor Visa.
While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be required to apply for a Visitor Visa, they will be subject to the same rules and regulations as everyone else.
PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE WON’T BE ABLE TO WORK LEGALLY IN CANADA UNLESS THEY’RE PR
As visitors, they won’t be able to work legally in Canada.
They will be able to manage any businesses they might have that are based outside of Canada, so there’s that.
The Government of Canada could make an exception, but immigration experts find that highly unlikely.
Giving Prince Harry and Meghan Markle special consideration wouldn’t go over too well with most Canadians, who don’t think too kindly of foreigners they feel jump the queue.
Immigration experts also think that the Government of Canada could also be considering declaring the Royals “people of significant economic, social or cultural benefit to Canada”.
This distinction is usually applied to famous people, like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
APPLYING FOR PR WILL COST TIME AND MONEY
Coming to Canada, whether to visit, study, work or immigrate permanently, can take a lot of time and money.
Which is why people who have gone through the process don’t like the idea of the Royals being given preferential treatment.
It helps that Meghan Markle already has “Canadian experience”.
When she was an actor on the TV series “Suits”, Meghan Markle lived in Toronto for several years.
IRCC provides special Work Visas for foreign actors who take part in film and TV productions in Canada.
Then there’s the matter of paying taxes.
ROYAL COUPLE NOT EXEMPTED FROM PAYING TAXES
Canadian tax experts say that people who live in Canada for less than 6 months are still considered residents for the purposes of taxation.
As early as 1919, Canada no longer allows Canadians to accept titles of nobility. So if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were to become permanent residents, how are we supposed to address them?
WHO WILL PAY FOR ROYALS SECURITY?
The Royals will need a security detail no matter where they end up in Canada, and that’s another concern for everyday Canadians who are even remotely interested in the matter.
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has said that it hasn’t been determined who will be responsible for shouldering the cost of providing security to the Royal Couple.
“We are obviously supportive of their reflections but have responsibilities in that as well. We’re not entirely sure what the final decisions will be,” Trudeau said.
Canadian media has estimated that it would cost more than CAD 2 million a year to provide security to the Royals.
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