Standard h1b stamping ( mumbai )

Hi All ,

I got my h1b visa extended while in USA for another 3 years .
I must visit India in Nov or Dec 2021 . I understand that us consulate in Mumbai is only accepting emergency appointment or NIE .

Q 1) Is there any news about when consulate will open for standard h1b drobox ? Should I fill DS160 and keep checking for any cancelled slots ?
Is there a risk of getting 221g for a standard h1b drobox in this time of uncertainty ?

Q 2) I am currently in US . would it be a good idea to get a IN person interview ( instead of drobox ) in Mexico for standard h1b stamp on passport ?
I understand during Oct 2021 , USCIS will start issuing fresh h1b visas for 2021 applications and there will certainly be need for opening standard h1b appointment .

Frankly any inputs and/or experience on this matter will help . thanks

I am in the same boat, in the US (approved for 3 years, my 2nd visa stamping) and trying to get my H-1B stamping. I know hyderabad consulate has limited slots as of now. I filled out the Mexico visa appointment but the latest date available at Tijuana embassy is April 2022. I haven’t tried Canada though, because Canada embassies are accepting request only through invitations, check it out, and let us know here.

Hi, what you guys decided. I am also in the same situation. Currently in the US, got H1B extension for another 3 years. Confused where to plan for visa stamping…Canada, Mexico or India (dropbox)? Talked to CG Mumbai, they started accepting applications for dropbox, but many people will be trying, and also travel ban is another issue to come back from India.