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What is the Exchange Visitor Visa? (J-1)   Leave a comment

Congress established the J-1 exchange visitor nonimmigrant visa program in 1948 to “promote a better understanding of the United States in other countries, and to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The program provides foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States and return home to share their experiences, and allows U.S. citizens to participate in such programs in other countries. With certain exceptions, J-1 exchange programs in the United States must also provide for cross-cultural activities, including sports, cultural, and social activities, to enhance the exchange visitor’s understanding of U.S. customs and society.

Congress modified the J-1 exchange visitor program in 1961. Over the years there has been a steady increase in the number of nonimmigrants that participating in the J-1 visa program. In 1953, there were just under 13,000 exchange visitors admitted to this country. In 1981 the number of J exchange visitors admitted exceeded 80,000. In 2006, the number of exchange visitors was more than 380,000. Many J-1 exchange visitors, however, are admitted to the United States more than once each year, so that number does not equate to the number of J-1 visas issued each year.

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Posted 05/10/2012 by Salimi Law in Immigration Law