My visa office is New York, and I sent my passport copy (am visa exempt) from Canada and requested them to send the COPR to Canada. No problem at all, and I received the COPR back 2 weeks after VO received my passport copy.
Some visa office may take a little bit longer, eg 3-4 weeks.
What does visa exempt mean? This is what my letter says,
Your application for permanent residence in Canada appears to be ready for visa issuance. Your permanent resident
visa can only be issued at our office in Detroit. It is not possible to have it printed at another office.
Based on the validity date of your medical examination results, your immigrant visa will be valid to AUG 02, 2012,
assuming that your passport(s) do not expire prior to that date. The visa expiry date cannot be extended. If you fail to
provide the passport(s), your application will be closed when the medical validity has expired. We encourage you to submit
your passport(s) as soon as possible to allow you adequate time to prepare for your move to Canada. If you allow your visa(s)
to expire without having entered Canada, you will be able to reapply for permanent residence in Canada, and a new
application and a new processing fee will be required. Any new application will be assessed according to the Canadian
Immigration Legislation in force at the time that the new application is filed. There is no guarantee a future application will
Please submit the valid passports for you and your children that will be accompanying you to Canada that were
included in your application to the Consulate address as indicated below. Please detach any expired passport(s) from the
valid passport(s) that you send to our office. Applicants who send their documents by mail must provide a return address
in Canada or the United States to which their passport(s) can be returned (see the “Document Return Procedure” page
attached to this letter). If you do not have a mailing address in Canada or the United States, you must deliver your
passport(s) in person, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Your passports will be ready for pick up in ten business days.
The wording has my husband worried because of the August 2nd date. I am going to the states for until June 24th and he is worried about them not getting to it before that date we would have about 5 weeks when I return until the August 2nd date. It has been a long hard wait and it is hard to believe it is real and will finally be final !!!!!
Thanks for any advice and posting to my question, I really appreciate it.