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Yes, absolutely. The B1/B2 visitor visa will not be affected by your application for the J-1 visa. They are issued and used for different purposes, so on one entry, if your purpose is a J-1 purpose, then you can use the J-1. And if the purpose is a visitor purpose, then you would use the B1/B2 visa to enter the US. With that in mind, the Department of State will not cancel one for the other, since the purpose of your travel can change with each entry.
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