FACTS: Exchange visitor programs have been operating in the U.S. for nearly 100 years, since the end of World War I. For more than 50 years, the J-1 exchange visitor programs, including the SWT program, have grown and changed in concert with U.S. foreign policy priorities and initiatives.
While participant numbers specifically for the SWT program are not available as far back as 50
years, we do know that the number of J-1 visas issued for all exchange visitors in 1966 was 49,550.
20 By 2016, it was 339,712.
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