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How long does it take for your Visa to arrive in the mail?

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Unfortunately, there is never a guarantee that the visa will be granted at the interview, so the by-the-book safest answer is that you should wait until after your interview to buy the ticket. If everything does go smoothly in the interview, the visa will probably reach you in about 2 (that was our experience in China anyways, maybe someone else can comment for Canada specifically). Once again, though, never any guarantees with anything in this whole process, even for visa shipping times.

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it took 6 business days for me but I am from PI. However, it is not advisable to buy your ticket until you have the visa (in case of a 221g..)

But if you still want to buy ticket early, I guess 2-3weeks after interview is okay (if there are no delays)

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People not from Canada are commenting.

They're correct in that one should never presume the granting of the visa, in timely fashion or at all.

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Hubby got his visa almost 2 weeks to the date from Montreal (Feb 2016, not sure if visa turn around has increased/decreased since). As much as we wanted to buy the plane tickets the moment we got the "approved" at the interview, like everyone has said, don't. You never know if for some reason they stick you in AP.

However, if you & your fiance want to reduce the financial burden of the flights (because crossing the border automatically increases your flights), I would suggest that you drive across the border, and fly out from the next closest airport. My hubby lived in the GTA, so he drove across the border and flew out of Buffalo. This works really well if you can get a ride across the border - also then you don't have to worry about missing your flight because you got stuck at customs in pre-clearance. It took him about 35 min to cross the border. Just a thought for flight alternatives since Canada is fairly unique in this aspect.

Good luck at your interview!

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