University Immigration Services

Welcome to the University of New Haven!

We are happy you have joined our international student community. The Office of University Immigration Services (UIS) is a resource for you to better understand the F-1 and J-1 visa regulations that you are responsible to uphold. Understanding these rules can be confusing and complicated, but the Office of University Immigration Services (UIS) is here to assist. Additionally, we have resources on myCharger and a variety of forms and communication tools to facilitate the process of compliance.

Mission Statement

The Office of University Immigration Services (UIS) provides document services and visa advising to the University’s diverse international student and scholar population throughout their visa status life cycle from the issuance of the I-20 or DS-2019 until the end of post-program periods of practical training. The UIS is here to help navigate compliance to often complex visa regulations and to service the immigration needs of F-1 and J-1 students and scholars, their dependents, as well as other non-immigrant visa-holders who seek advice.

The Office of University Immigration Services (UIS) handles international student advising related to the F-1 and J-1 visa status life cycle, including but not limited to interpreting immigration regulations, I-20 issuance, changes to the I-20/DS-2019, travel signatures, visa renewal, CPT, OPT, SEVIS transfers, all J-1 scholar needs, F-2/J-2 dependents, and letters required for various reasons.

Find more information about these in the International Student Handbook and on the UIS myCharger pages.

Information for New Students

After you have arrived to the U.S., please submit the international student check-in form found on your Slate portal. By doing so, you allow us to report to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that you are here and in good standing. We will activate your SEVIS record and provide a continued attendance I-20, which you should pick up at the UIS and keep in your possession.

Be prepared to upload scans of the following:

  • Date of arrival stamped in your passport when you came through immigration and customs
  • I-94 (retrieve this document online at
  • First page of your initial I-20 with your signature on it
  • Passport biographical page and visa stamp (if you haven’t already uploaded these to your Slate portal)

The UIS staff will notify you when your continued attendance I-20 is ready to pick up. Make an appointment on Navigate in myCharger to stop by the UIS in the One Stop Shop in Bergami Hall.

Have you done the mandatory online International Student Orientation Course in Canvas yet? The course card will be in the dashboard when you log in to Canvas. Complete all the modules and do all the quizzes. If you don’t see the course card on your Dashboard, contact the UIS.

Current Students

Find UIS resources on myCharger. You will find extensive information, instructions and document request forms for most questions you may have. If you can’t find an answer, contact the UIS at We will be happy to assist.

To make an appointment in Navigate, go to the Appointments Tab. In the Care Unit drop down box, select Student Services, then UIS.

UIS Staff
Kathy Kautz de Arango

Kathy Kautz de Arango

Executive Director

Kiara Lopez

Kiara Lopez

UIS Office Coordinator
International Student Advisor

Elisa Medina

Elisa Medina

International Admissions Specialist

Clementine Pomies

Clementine Pomies

SEVIS Coordinator