The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is largely a creation of the Cold War in which a special, temporary, nonimmigrant visa classification was established so as to enable emerging elites in foreign countries to enter the United States to engage in a wide variety of educational, professional, and cultural exchanges that would further the foreign policy objectives of the United States. In order to ensure the repatriation to their home countries, the Congress imposed upon many J-1 visitors a mandatory obligation to return to their home countries for two-years.
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