If you're thinking of fleeing the country ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration next year, well, it's not going to be that easy.
"If so-and-so wins the election, I'm moving to Canada" was a common refrain throughout the election, but as results began pouring in Tuesday pointing to a Trump win, some Americans seemed to be making a more serious assessment of their options.
Early Wednesday, searches for "canada imigration [sic]" and "canada citizenship" were up 4,800 percent and 4,550 percent, respectively, over the past 24 hours, according to Google Trends. Other popular searches included "immigrate to canada," "how to move to canada from us" and "how do i move to canada."
Canada's immigration website was down for several hours overnight, although it's unclear whether the crash stemmed from a sudden spike in traffic or another cause. Canadian officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Moving to our neighbor to the north isn't so easily — or cheaply — accomplished, however, especially if you're not heading there as a student or with a job offer in hand. Nor will it accomplish much in avoiding a new president's policies, if you want to retain American citizenship.
Consider these six financial hoops would-be expats may encounter.
— By CNBC's Kelli B. Grant
Updated 09 Nov. 2016