Migration in Rupertland was extraordinarily difficult to accomplish after the Migration Act of 1684 was implemented by King Patrick.
Each person was to be provided with Status Papers (often referred to as "Papers") which indicated their status and permitted living place in Rupertland. A person was entitled to live in their county, but migration was made difficult after the Influenza crisis of 1683. Furthermore, people were given the status of first to sixth based on wealth, ancestry, etc. A first class person could live anywhere in Rupertland, and could even leave the empire. A second class person could live anywhere in Rupertland. A third class person could live anywhere in their country (e.g. Coldland, Jamesland, Emileland, Rupertland, etc.). A fourth class person (the most common class), could live anywhere in their county (Rupert's County, Chester's County, Lowechester County, James' County, etc.) and they could not leave their country without permission of the Bureau of Migration, a fifth class person could only live in their community, and a sixth class person was a prisoner.