Challenges and Misconceptions of the SUV DIY Project

Since I started applying 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 later he repackaged and applied for the SUV. Later, I lost contact with him once due to the loss of my phone data. Although the exact result is unknown, based on some information he shared, I guess he should have graduated successfully.

Over the past few years, many people interested in or applying for this project have communicated with me. Most of them want to understand this project and seek assistance from professional immigration consultants. I try to help as much as possible. As for those who want to DIY, there are very few, less than 10 in total. I have briefly explained whether the SUV project can be DIYed in a previous article. In short, DIY is not suitable for the 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 information I have learned online, the biggest misconception of those who try DIY is that they think obtaining a letter of support means success, or at least half success. In fact, they may be too happy too soon. It is well known that one of the key materials for applying for the SUV project is obtaining a letter of support from an investment institution. However, obtaining a letter of support only means that the conditions for submitting the immigration application have been met (if all other conditions have been met) in the entire immigration application process. Investment institutions essentially want to receive more entrepreneurial projects because new projects can bring in 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, they also need certain thresholds. In recent years, the number of applicants has increased, which has forced these institutions to standardize their services and processes more, 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, people don't think about the risks until they reach that step. First of all, as far as I know, many incubators now assign an immigration consultant to applicants to complete their immigration applications. As a partner of the incubator, these consultants only help applicants complete the immigration part of the application and do not understand the project, let alone manage 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, which not only involved complicated procedures, but also additional expenses even if there were consultants willing to take over. The others basically had decent project progress, but the immigration application was not going smoothly, including not receiving the FN for a long time, almost giving up, work visa application and renewal issues, etc. Secondly, for immigration consultants, they usually do not want to take over someone else's project midway. Because they not only have to abandon their familiar existing resources to contact a new incubator, but also have to understand the project, including the previously submitted applications, project progress, and then make corrections 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 wonder if 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 individuals may have to go through the process for 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, etc., which are not convenient to directly ask the incubator. Experienced immigration consultants will arrange all of these. 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 why I have mentioned multiple times in previous articles why immigration consultants in the SUV project do more than applicants. It is also because of this that 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, for those who have no knowledge of the SUV project or only have a little interest, don't expect to find such consultants to get 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 be able to try.

  • People who already have citizenship in another country. If coming to Canada is something that can be done without consequences, even if it fails, and they don't want to spend too much money, they can try.
  • People with successful entrepreneurial backgrounds, excellent English skills, strong action abilities, or professional expertise in special fields may also try. Two of them had previously worked in incubators in China, and three had successful business experiences in China, including successful companies and entrepreneurs with over $5 million in global financing experience. 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 the project through various channels and basically determine if you can and are willing to do it. Then take the IELTS test and go to an immigration consultant with experience in the SUV project or ask me for a referral. There is already a lot of information about this project online 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 the project and personally invest in project operations, otherwise it is really not suitable for entrepreneurship, and don't waste time on this project.

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