Let's talk about the Canadian Start-up Visa (SUV) program.

Nearly a year ago, I shared an article about obtaining Canadian permanent residency through the SUV project. Please refer to it here. A lot has happened in the past year, and immigration policies have certainly changed to some extent. However, overall, I still believe that this project is the best choice for those who are suitable.

Since I started the SUV project, I have been paying attention to information in this area. I found that there is very little information online, and there are no successful case studies shared. Therefore, since then, I have been sharing some experiences of the SUV project on platforms such as Zhihu, Telegram, and Xiaohongshu. I believe that the content I share may be the only one from an SUV project applicant on the entire internet, so I hope it can be helpful to those who are interested in applying. Friends who are interested can also exchange some entrepreneurial experiences. I believe that the situation two years ago and now may have some differences. For example, I have learned that there are significant differences in the requirements for startup capital compared to before, but they are not significant issues.

Recently, I heard from some group members that some intermediaries in China told them that the approval rate of the SUV project has dropped from the previously claimed 99% to about 15%. They even encouraged them to apply for employer-sponsored immigration. I am angry about this, but not surprised at all. I have always believed that immigration is the biggest turning point in a person's life, and any intermediary with a conscience should not take advantage of this opportunity to consume the trust of applicants, let alone deceive them. This is also one of my two principles when applying for immigration at that time: not to use domestic intermediaries and not to do employer-sponsored or study immigration. I have consulted many domestic intermediaries (but I have no intention of signing with them), but to be honest, they did not provide valuable information. What they told me was basically no different from what I collected online. As for employer-sponsored and study immigration, anyone who has some understanding of the immigration industry knows that these are not good projects and have extremely high legal risks. They are just projects with relatively high profits.

Later, I consulted a local lawyer here to understand the most realistic approval rate data for the SUV project. Let me share it here. This data was compiled by the incubator I was in before. During the most severe period of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the approval rate was only 50%, with 11 approvals and 11 rejections. In 2021, it improved to 90%. From 2022 to now, there have been 18 approvals and 4 rejections, with an approval rate of about 82%. It must be said that although Canada is extremely eager for population growth, it is far from relaxing its principles and lowering its standards to allow everyone in. For those who want to immigrate through this project, the focus must still be on real entrepreneurship and management. Although the annual quota for this project has not been reached in recent years, there are still many opportunities for future applications.

I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate what I have said many times in many occasions. For immigration novices, they must do their homework. Immigration is not like buying something, paying money, and leaving. Regardless of what project you choose, you need to be deeply involved and make decisions yourself. Otherwise, you will only be scammed or rejected. When deciding to immigrate to Canada, it is necessary to prepare for English proficiency first. With an IELTS score (regardless of high or low), go to consult with intermediaries or directly consult with Canadian lawyers. It is the least efficient way to spend time on researching various immigration projects. Currently, there are more than 200 immigration projects in Canada, and more than 90% of the projects that can be taken are language proficiency requirements. Therefore, it is better to take the test first, and then combine it with your own economic strength to see what projects you can match, or consider whether to take the test again, and so on. Speak more language, with the goal of meeting the application requirements. If you have already met the requirements, there is no need to spend too much time improving your language skills. On the one hand, learning language in China is really inefficient and costly. The additional improvement in language skills cannot bring corresponding value. On the other hand, once you meet the requirements, you should apply as soon as possible. Once you arrive in Canada, there are many ways to learn English. Especially, the Canadian government has many assistance programs for new immigrants, including free language courses.

Finally, let's return to the SUV project. It must be said that the SUV project is still a project that requires higher requirements for immigration lawyers than applicants. Therefore, not all immigration lawyers have the ability and resources to handle this project, so there is less related content online, and it is normal to be blacklisted by other intermediaries. It is not only programmers who can apply for this project. The SUV project requires entrepreneurial projects to meet conditions such as innovation and profitability. IT-related platform systems are easier to meet these conditions. For example, in recent years, projects related to AI are usually more easily accepted by incubators. Of course, there are also successful cases of non-IT projects, and specific situations need to be analyzed. In addition, many people ask me to recommend lawyers to handle their cases. It's not that it's not possible, but many times I feel that it hasn't reached that point yet. For example, if you haven't taken the IELTS test, it's useless to find a lawyer. They will still ask you to go back and prepare for the language first. Moreover, lawyers don't want too many people to find them, especially immigration novices seeking consultation. It is not realistic to let a lawyer who charges one or two hundred Canadian dollars per hour train people for free from scratch on immigration knowledge. However, if you are interested, you can contact me and I am willing to share information about the SUV project application if I have time.

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