Have you heard of travel hackers? These are people who invent, use, and share travel resources for things like finding better prices or cutting down wait times. There’s a group called “Soy Explorador Tico,” run by Andres Boza Arce, a travel hacker. This space is used to ask questions about travel abroad.
He recently shared a way to advance one’s United States visa appointment and thus not have to wait a year as many do. It can be done as soon as April. The most important step is to remember or record your username and password so you can log into the profile you create when setting the appointment.
It will likely give you an appointment for about a year from now but once you have completed the DS-160 visa form and paid you can start checking for cancellations. Sign in to your profile and try to reschedule the appointment for an earlier date. You just check the website for the next available appointment, which may have been canceled by someone else.
The travel hacker recommends checking late at night to take advantage of slots freed up during the day and specifically on Sunday and Monday, as those are days people tend to change their schedules.