Firstly, have a look at how agents work.
As you see from above, there is an unfair advantage for agents because they hold many user credentials helping them to check slot availability multiple times and book when open.
Many users using agents give their credentials, despite the risk that the agent has access to their personal details. But, would a user share their personal email credentials? Probably, not.
We have built a crowd-sourced system that works on a community-driven platform with user contributions (uploading visa slot screenshots - install the chrome extension), helping them check slot availability more often than the restriction by CGI Federal website.
There are always bad users who abuse the system with crawlers or use the platform without contributing to the community and hence we placed guardrails.
The above system works well. However, the bigger challenge is the user still needs continuously monitor checkvisaslots.com to know the visa slot availability. So, here we are launching a paid "Notification Service".
Notification Service is just an added convenience for users to receive email alerts when visa slots are available. Paid users do not have any unfair advantages over other community members. All users, even those paid for the notification service, must contribute images. The users who contribute regularly will be notified first and then the less contributed ones.
Users will have an option to buy the notification service on the checkvisaslots website to get real-time notifications as soon as the slots are available at a location.
We avoid agents by sending the visa slot availability information only a visa applicant can access