Since I applied for this project in 2019, I have met a Nigerian guy who is DIYing this project. He has been doing outdoor billboard projects in China for several years, and then he repackaged and applied for the SUV. Later, I lost contact with him once due to the loss of my mobile phone data, and although the exact result is unknown, based on some information he shared, I guess he should have graduated successfully.
In the following years, I have communicated with many people who are interested in or have applied for this project. Most of them want to understand this project and seek assistance from professional immigration consultants. I try my best to help them. As for those who want to DIY, there are very few, less than 10 in total. I have explained whether the SUV project can be DIYed in a previous article. In short, DIY is not suitable for the vast majority of people. Although the immigration bureau does not restrict DIY, the workload and risks for applicants are much greater than the money paid to immigration companies.
Whether it is the applicants who have communicated with me or the situations I have learned online, the biggest misconception of people who try to DIY is that they think that obtaining a letter of support means success, or at least half success. In fact, they may be happy too early. It is well known that one of the most critical materials for applying for the SUV project is the letter of support from the investment institution. However, obtaining a letter of support only means that the conditions for submitting an immigration application have been met (if all other conditions have been met) during the entire immigration application process. Investment institutions essentially hope to receive more entrepreneurial projects because new projects can bring substantial income, including training fees, service fees, and additional service income, and if successful projects are incubated in the future, it can enhance the reputation of the institution. So overall, these institutions have benefits in accepting new projects and will not be as strict and rigid as bureaucratic institutions. Of course, it is not exaggerated to the point of accepting anyone, after all, each institution has its own expertise and acceptance criteria for new projects, and since they cooperate with the immigration bureau, there needs to be a certain threshold. In recent years, there have been more and more applicants, which has forced these institutions to standardize their services and processes and pay more attention to the innovation of projects. In addition, the overall pass rate of the SUV project in recent years is probably more than 80%, which means that the 20% of rejected applications also obtained a letter of support. It seems that the problem is not big, but no one wants to be one of them, and the goal that all applicants should pursue is to make the application foolproof, which DIY usually cannot achieve.
Being stuck in the middle of the application is the most embarrassing. Usually, you won't think about what risks there will be if you don't go that far. First of all, as far as I know, many incubators will assign an immigration consultant to help applicants complete their immigration applications. As a partner of the incubator, these consultants only help applicants with the immigration part of the application and do not understand the project or deal with it. I have encountered at least 4 people who have had this problem. One of them was dissatisfied with the assigned immigration consultant, probably because of dissatisfaction with the work and poor communication. They wanted to change consultants midway. Not only is the procedure very complicated, even if there is a consultant willing to take over, it will cost more money. The others basically had decent project progress, but their immigration applications were not going smoothly, including not receiving the FN for a long time and almost giving up, as well as problems with work visa applications and renewals. Secondly, for immigration consultants, they usually do not want to take over someone else's project midway. Because they not only have to set aside their familiar existing resources to contact a new incubator, but also have to understand the project, including the previously submitted applications and project progress, and then make revisions and adjustments. This workload is more than starting a project from scratch. For applicants, they always think that their project is halfway done, and the consultant who intervenes midway is an unknown factor, and they think the fees are too expensive. In short, it is not easy for both parties to trust and satisfy each other.
So some people may be curious about where the value of immigration consultants (limited to consultants with experience in the SUV project) lies and what they can do that they cannot do themselves. First of all, immigration consultants have their own resource networks. Some things that they may have to go through the process themselves can be skipped directly through their communication, saving time, effort, and money. Secondly, guidance and assistance on the project, including project establishment, team members, funding, and other things that are not convenient to ask the incubator directly, experienced immigration consultants will arrange all of this. In addition, through participation in the project plan and communication with the immigration bureau (content, timing, etc.) during the project process, etc. This is also the reason why immigration consultants do more than applicants in the SUV project, and this is also why there are so few immigration consultants who are good at the SUV project. In addition to the immigration application document work within the profession, they also need a certain resource network, as well as knowledge in business, management, and other fields, as well as experience in coordinating these resources. Also, that's why people who have no knowledge of the SUV project or just have a little interest should not expect to find such consultants to provide free guidance. They really don't have the time.
Although I do not support most people DIYing their SUV project immigration applications, there are indeed a few people who may try.
- People who already have citizenship in another country. If coming to Canada is something that can be done without any consequences, even if it fails, and they don't want to spend more money, they can try.
- People with successful entrepreneurial backgrounds, excellent English skills, strong action abilities, or professional expertise in special fields may also try. There are 2 people who have worked in incubators in China before, and there are 3 people who have had successful business experiences in China, including successful companies and entrepreneurs who have raised more than 5 million US dollars globally. They can replicate their successful experiences in the SUV project application.
Finally, I think the correct way to do the SUV project is to first learn the basic knowledge of this project through various channels and basically determine that you can and are willing to do it, then take the IELTS test, and then find an immigration consultant with experience in the SUV project or ask me for a recommendation. There is already a lot of information about this project on the Internet now (unlike a few years ago when I applied and couldn't find anything), and even if the consultant is strong, the applicant needs to actively understand this project and personally invest in the operation of the project, otherwise, it is really not suitable for entrepreneurship, and don't waste time on this project.
Original article link: https://www.ie9.org/2023/04/suv-diy.html