LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Overview of Long Beach, California
Long Beach is a city on the Pacific Coast of the United States, within the Los Angeles metropolitan area of Southern California. As of 2010, its population was 462,257, the 39th most populous city in the United States and the 7th most populous in California.
The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest container port in the entire United States and is among the world’s largest shipping ports. The city also maintains a progressively declining oil industry with minor wells located both directly beneath the city as well as offshore. Manufacturing sectors include those in aircraft, automotive parts, electronic equipment, audiovisual equipment, petrochemicals, precision metals, and home furnishings.
Long Beach, depending on the reporting location, has a Mediterranean climate, with strong semi-arid climate characteristics. In general, the city features warm to hot summers and mild, damp winters. Days in Long Beach are mostly sunny, as in Southern California in general.
During the summer months, low clouds and fog occur frequently, developing overnight and blanketing the area on many mornings. The fog usually clears by the afternoon, and a westerly sea breeze often develops, keeping temperatures mild. Heat and humidity can coincide in late summer, which can cause moderate personal discomfort.
Visa Requirements for Long Beach, California
There are many visa options for international students who are selected to take part in a ChangeU program in the U.S. The most common is the J-1 visa. You must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be enrolled as a full time student at a tertiary educational institute or have graduated within 12 months
- Be studying towards/have obtained a degree
- Secure a U.S internship that is related to your field of study and submit a Training Plan as completed by your Host Company in the USA. We will arrange all of this
- All applicants must have sufficient return evidence in order to be approved by the US Embassy. Return evidence can be a letter from your University/College stating that you will return to resume or continue your studies after your internship in the USA. For applicants not intending to return to study, this should be a letter from an employer stating that when you return from the US there will be a job available for you. If you hold a property deed for a property this will also be accepted in some cases
- Proof of funds. You must show proof that you will have access to at least $750 for every month during your internship in the USA. This can be in the form of original bank statements and/or a Guarantor’s letter. You must submit your proof of funds with your application and at your US Embassy interview
- Be prepared to leave the US 30 days after completion. These days can only be used for the departure and for traveling
- The estimated cost of the sponsored J-1 visa is 1,135 USD. Please note that this could vary slightly depending on your specific embassy or consulate’s fee
- You will also need to purchase insurance