The recent US presidential election appears to have resulted in an increase of inquiries to Canadian immigration professionals and caused Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website to crash on November 8, 2016, the night of the US election. News sources later confirmed that an official at IRCC stated that the IRCC site crashed due to “a significant increase in the volume of traffic.” IRCC also confirmed that visitors from the U.S. accounted for half of that surge.
Although news articles have referenced the phenomenon as similar to the last election of George W. Bush, professionals have also reported as noting an increase in the inquiries and “earnestness” of potential applicants this time around. Although Canada and the US have many similarities, the Canadian immigration process for US nationals can still be both complex and rigorous. Perhaps only time will tell whether interested parties make the move up north.