Overview of Orlando
Orlando is a city in the U.S. state of Florida. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,509,831 in 2017. These figures make it the 23rd largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida.
The City of Orlando is nicknamed “The City Beautiful,” and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. Orlando is also known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World” and in 2016 its tourist attractions and events drew more than 72 million visitors. As one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations, Orlando’s famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry. The two most significant of these attractions are Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort.
In 2010, Orlando was listed as a “Gamma−” level global city in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory. Orlando ranks as the fourth-most popular American city based on where people want to live according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.
Visa Requirements for Orlando
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