This is the 2009 version of the annual F, M, and J cable that DOS sends to consular posts world-wide. Here is the cable summary:
"SUMMARY: The F, M, and J FAM notes have been extensively updated to reflect current guidance. VO/P has established a Student and Exchange Visitor Visa Center to answer F, M, and J case inquiries. Please remember that while the SEVIS record is the definitive proof of F, M and J eligibility, applicants currently are required to present accurately completed I-20 or DS-2019 paper forms. The CCD reports for SEVIS lookups have been enhanced. While not required for F or M applicants, medical insurance could help establish an applicant's eligibility. Admission to a lesser-known college or English language program is not in itself a reason for refusal, although all applicants should be able to explain their school choice and educational plan. The J-1 Skills List has been updated and is nearing publication in the Federal Register. This cable also provides reminders on the Summer Work/Travel program, an overview of F/M/ J validation studies, and an update on two J-1 pilot programs."