This DOS cable [Cable 2003 State 074670 (March 21, 2003)] provides field guidance to consular offices, clarifying how the DHS regulation limiting the entry of F, M and J nonimmigrants to 30 days or less prior to their start/report date [8 CFR 214.2(f)(5)(i)] impacts visa issuance. The cable instructs consulates to continue to follow FAM (Foreign Affairs Manual) guidance that allows posts to issue F or M visas up to 90 days in advance of the program start date [NAFSA note: this window was increased to 120 days by a 2006 DOS cable that updated the FAM], but to inform the applicant that although the visa may have been issued more than 30 days in advance of the program start date, DHS will not permit them to enter the U.S. more than 30 days in advance of that date. The cable provides similar guidance for J visas. Finally, the cable instructs posts that even though an F, M, or J visa should not be granted more than [90] days in advance of the program start date, posts should allow applicants to submit their applications more than [90] days in advance, in order to accommodate long processing times for security clearances.