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New Students

Welcome to the University of New Haven – Spring Class of 2017!

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of New Haven! Your acceptance into the University of New Haven (UNH) puts you on the path toward continued success and advancement in your professional career.

The International Services Office (ISO) would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce ourselves and the services we provide to each and every UNH international student. The ISO supports the University's diverse international student population. Our staff assists students with immigration matters, helps you succeed within the academic culture, coordinates campus and community services, and promotes interaction between the international population, the University, and the communities of greater New Haven.

Before you arrive on campus, we will provide you with important information that will help your transition to the United States and the University of New Haven. Our International Student Roadmap is a guide created specifically for new international students who will soon be arriving on campus. Please be sure to visit the International Student Roadmap and pay special attention to the Immigration Presentation as well as other areas where you may need assistance (finding housing, campus jobs, graduate assistantships, etc.). 

Now that you know what we do, here are some resources to help you prepare for a successful transition to UNH:

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We invite you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have:

We look forward to meeting you on January 13th!

Immigration Document Check-in

Immigration document check-in is required for all incoming international and exchange students (this includes students who are transferring to the University of New Haven from another school in the U.S.).  All students need to bring the original and photocopies of their immigration paperwork for themselves and their dependents to the Immigration Document Check-in.   These copies must be made after arriving in the U.S. to reflect the arrival stamp.  Please bring and make copies of the following: 

a)      Passport biographical page (containing photo, number, issue date, expiration date, etc.)

b)      U.S. student visa stamp (F-1 or J-1).  Canadian students are exempt from this step.

c)      I-20 or DS-2019 visa document (mailed to you by UNH) and signed by the student.

d)     Any previous I-20 or DS-2019 if you are transferring to UNH from another school in the U.S.

e)      If you worked under a previous immigration status, any previously issued Employment Authorization Documents (EAD).

f)       I-94 record - You will not have an I-94 record until you have entered the United States with the above documents!  Go to to find your electronic I-94 record (save as a PDF file).

g)      F2/J-2 dependents must also bring the dependents’ documents (I-20/DS-2019, paper or print-out of electronic I-94 and passport) along with copies of each document.

Once an international student has completed all the above steps and attended the mandatory immigration session, the International Services Office can activate the international student’s status in the SEVIS government database.

Please watch for more information from the International Services Office about the schedule for orientation.