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Would they accept an asylum seeker from the United States?

Yes, if you have enough points (young, educated, skilled, self-sufficient).

IIRC, there are three lanes: immigrant, family reunification and refugee. The OP was probably asking if an American could qualify in the refugee lane, and the answer is no. The first lane is the biggest one and the best one for most; an educated, English speaking American shouldn't have trouble qualifying in that lane.

Going rate, last I heard, for a sham marriage to get a visa is about $15k CAD.

There are also investor visas (if you have $400k to drop into the Canadian economy), startup visas (if you can secure funding from a specific set of orgs), and the NAFTA TN visa, which is a rubber stamp visa for US and Mexican workers.

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