Hello folks- my H1B visa got approved at Calgary in July. My experience is below:
I am from Toronto but booked my appointment in May of 2021 at the Calgary location. After around 5 reschedules I got the latest date for July of 2021. However in June, I received an email from [email protected]
that due to unforeseen reasons all appointments have been canceled and that they would update my next available appointment date on my portal. I had been chasing and checking but didn’t receive a new appointment date from them. The appointment date for July still showed as active in the portal though. I called customer service multiple times and I told them that my appointment was cancelled but I never received a new date- they said all appointments at Calgary location remain cancelled for July and August and asked me if I wanted to reschedule to the next available date in December of 2021. I denied. I was confused but was hopeful. To my surprise, 1 week before my scheduled appointment date, I received an email from the [email protected]
asking me to submit a new DS160 for my upcoming appointment. This email had gotten a new hope again in me. I submitted as they requested and sent follow up emails every day of that week. I didn’t receive any acknowledgment from them. However during this time, I called customer service and told them that the consulate had asked me to submit new DS160 but there are no further updates. Then they confirmed that my appointment remains active for the same date I booked it for. No one even spoke about cancellation unless I told them about it. I booked my flight ticket and went to the consulate as planned on the date of my appointment. I was allowed inside and had a easy short and simple interview. My visa is approved.
If you get cancellation emails, and yet the appointment remains active on your appointment portal- pls call customer service to check the status and also write to the consulate to check the status. There is a possibility that your appointment is still active.