In an April 23, 2009 letter addressed to International Student Advisors, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, Janice Jacobs, encouraged schools to issue I-20s as early as possible, so that students will have enough time to make appointments at consulates and secure visas in a timely fashion for the Fall 2009 term. Amb. Jacobs asked NAFSA to share the letter with our international student adviser members.