Each year, the number of immigrant visas in the family-sponsored preference (F1, F2, F3, and F4) and employment-based preference categories is limited. There are no more visas available in most of these categories until the new fiscal year. Applicants in these visa categories who have been told they will be issued a visa and have not yet received a visa may need to wait until the new fiscal year to receive their visa. The new fiscal year begins on October 1, 2017. For further information, please visit the Department of State’s website.