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Canada and New Zealand immigration websites have taken strain as US citizens look beyond their borders for new homes following Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race. Canada and New Zealand are among the main destinations South Africans explore when considering emigration, for good reason. Both are economically stable and offer a good quality of life. They embrace all cultures and South Africans generally report back to their friends at home that they are happy and settled – though the weather is sometimes cause for complaint. Canada has a number of visa options, for skilled workers to sponsored family members. New Zealand, meanwhile, is on the look-out for immigrants who can help with skills shortages across sectors. A scan of the list of people it is looking for indicate that there’s a job for just about everyone in New Zealand, from poultry farmers and dental technicians to university lecturers and snow sport instructors. US talent losses will be gains for other nations. – Jackie Cameron
By Kyle Fenktess
Johannesburg – The Canadian immigration website has crashed as a win for Republican candidate Donald Trump became imminent.
The website for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, www.cic.gc.ca, was reported to have gone down shortly after the US election results began rolling in.
News agency Reuters reported that Canada’s main immigration website appeared to suffer repeated outages since Tuesday night as Trump took the lead in several major states and his prospects for winning the US presidency became markedly higher.
It has also been reported that New Zealand immigration officials told Reuters on the eve of the vote that the New Zealand Now website, which deals with residency and student visas, had received 1 593 registrations from United States citizens since November 1 – more than 50% of a typical month’s registrations in just seven days.
The site crash and increased interest in New Zealand immigration may well be a coincidence. However, the word “emigrate” has seen a spike in online search engines.
Meanwhile, the price of bitcoin has surged by as much as 2.6% as Trump edged to a lead over rival Hillary Clinton.
The price of one bitcoin was about R10 033.64 on Wednesday morning.
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