University of New Haven University Immigration Services

University of New Haven University Immigration Services

The University Immigration Services (UIS)advocates for and advises the international student populat

Operating as usual


Please make sure that when the time for your graduation comes , you apply separately for your graduation ceremony :)


UIS encourages you to participate in the Campus Climate Survey. We want international students' voices to be a part of this survey. It is anonymous. The data they collect will only be used in the aggregate. And if you sign up to win a gift card in the raffle, your contact information will be collected apart from your survey submission.


Hello everyone,

UIS welcomes our new international students. Seniors, help them find their way!

Remember that in the US Culture, deadlines are hard and fast. If you miss the deadline, your request is dead on the line. Add-drop deadline is January 24. All F-1 students must be registered for a full-time courseload and must actively attend classes in person. Grad students must register for at least 9 credits of which 6 credits must be on-ground. Undergrads must register for at least 12 credits of which at least 9 credits must be on-ground. Students in their last semester with fewer credits remaining may request authorization to be less than FT.

It is the least favorite part of my job, but I am legally bound to terminate SEVIS records of any students who are not enrolled FT by the add-drop deadline and don't have an approved authorization. Be diligent please and avoid "falling dead on the line".

Attached is the UIS Bulletin with announcements and what we are doing in January.

Good luck in your classes this semester!


Welcome to the team Dipesh! .shrestha1

Dipesh Shrestha is an international student pursuing his master’s of science in computer science degree at the University of New Haven. He was born in Nepal, a land of beauty with antique buildings, gorgeous mountains, and diverse cultures. His dream of studying in the United States turned out to be true, as he believes in the power of dreams and is thriving for the rest. He is an extrovert, a quick learner, and enjoys his time here by helping international students. Since he arrived at this university, he has been actively involved in volunteering activities for events such as Fall Career Fair, Movie Night. He loves technical stuff, developing applications, and also has prior experience working for a Fortune 500 company.

Apart from his studies and work, Dipesh is fond of playing FIFA, so you can count on him if you ever need an opponent for a quick match. Also, he likes to go on a road trip, spend time with friends, and explore new gadgets in the market.


International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This week also celebrates many cultures and traditions from around the world. During this panel, we discussed topics including International Education, Global Competencies, The Global Job Market, and much more.


Thanks to the Saudi STUDENT Club for sharing their culture with us during international education week


You are invited to OGISL and UIS'
open house while we kick start International Education
Swing by the OGISI @ Gatehouse 100 and US @ One
Stop Shop on Monday, Nov 14th between 12pm - 3pm
to say hi and grab a snack! This is also a great opportunity to meet the staff and learn about our services!

Photos from University of New Haven University Immigration Services's post 01/11/2022

Some beautiful moments captured at the Diwali event!


UIS Executive Director Kathy Kautz de Arango recently presented a session at the NAFSA New England regional conference in Manchester, New Hampshire. Her session was for University PDSOs on managing the I-17, an institutional compliance section of SEVIS that maintains certification for universities to be allowed to issue I-20s for F-1 students.


Hello all,

UIS Bulletin for October is posted.Pay attention to the dates on your I-20 so you can keep up with what you need to do in a timely fashion.

Good luck on mid-term exams!


A Successful Career EXPO took place today at the REC Center.
Thank you to all the International students who participated and created networks.

If you missed it this time please stay in touch with U. New Haven Career Center] for such events in the future!

📸 U. New Haven Career Center]


August UIS Bulletin!

Check it out!

Photos from University of New Haven University Immigration Services's post 08/07/2022


Every New International student “MUST HAVE”!
Please share it with your friends!


Meet our new staff member!

Param Nagda is a Graduate Student from India currently pursuing their MS in Sports Management and Business Analytics. Besides his role at UIS, he also serves as Graduate Assistant for the Women's Soccer Team at UNH. Param has been a student in the United States for about 7 years, completing his undergrad degree in Economics from Penn State, also representing the university on the tennis team.

When not studying or working, Param can be found reading up stats about his favorite athletes or watching games. He loves travelling and quizzing and trying out different kinds of foods from around the world.


Meet our staff member!

Esma Fera is the first International student from the Republic of Kosovo here at the University of New Haven. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology.
As a Graduate Administrative Assistant, she is always active and enthusiastic to provide her colleagues and International students with a welcoming and supportive community.
Besides her role at UIS, Esma also holds a position as a Resident Assistant on the campus. Her involvement in different international organizations as a certified member such as WHO, Select-Science, Bioanalysis Zone, Whitehead Institute, and American Society for Biochem and Molecular Biology &Biogene, aspires her to be committed in holding her title as an Outstanding Science Student and breaking down barriers for empowering women in STEM.

Outside of her studies and work, Esma likes to spend time outdoors, especially on hiking trails and visiting old museums. Currently, she is very passionate about learning calligraphy.


Meet our Sevis Coordinator Clementine Pomies!

After working for a short-term J-1 exchange program for over 5 years, Clementine Pomies joined the UIS team in December as the new SEVIS Coordinator. She knows that her very French name is not easy to pronounce and is happy to go by Clem. Growing up in France, she has always been eager to discover different cultures and learn new languages, which led her to study abroad in Germany and in the US. Those experiences shaped her life, and she was always grateful for the help and support she received, reinforcing her desire to work in the international education field. As a former J-1 and F-1 student herself, she truly understands how complicated and stressful visa matters can be, and she’s happy to be able to assist UNH students. Outside of work, she loves to spend time running and exploring the trails of local state parks with her husband, traveling to new destinations and visiting family in France as often as possible.


Meet our staff member!

Syed “Najeeb” Ullah Hussaini is a Graduate student from India currently pursuing their MS in Civil Engineering at the UNH. In addition to working at the UIS office as a Graduate Administrative Assistant over the past year, Najeeb is heavily involved on campus in various capacities, the most notable one being that he serves as the Vice President of the Graduate Student Council. Najeeb completed his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Muffakham Jah college of Engineering in Hyderabad, India and refers to himself as a proud Hyderabadi. He is fluent in 5 different languages and as an F-1 student himself, he understands the needs of his fellow international students and is always ready to offer his help

Outside of the office, Najeeb loves being involved in cultural and sporting events and has recently discovered baseball. The New York Mets are his favorite team, and he has been to two of their games already! He is also big on reading novels so if you ever have any good fiction recommendations, he is always all ears! Najeeb loves making new friends and learning about other cultures and makes a conscious effort in educating himself to be a better global citizen every day.

Photos from University of New Haven University Immigration Services's post 29/04/2022

Kudos to those students who attended the Resume Building Workshop yesterday in the German Club. You are one step closer to a successful career. UIS Executive Director Kathy Kautz de Arango was there to answer questions about employment on the F-1 visa. Find information on our UIS MyCharger pages at International Services - myCharger (


Hello everyone,

the College of Engineering and Career Development Center are hosting a resume building and reviewing workshop next week. It's heavily geared towards our international student community, so don’t forget to join!👀


Meet our DSO!

Kathy Kautz de Arango has served as the Executive Director of University Immigration Services (formerly the International Services Office) at the University of New Haven since 2015. She started her career in International Education in 1993 in Mexico City as a professor of English as a Foreign Language at the Universidad de Anahuac and professor of Social Studies for the Bilingual High School division of the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Estado de Mexico campus. She returned with her family to the U.S. in 1999 and began working with international students at Eastern University in the Philadelphia Mainline area. As an international educator for over 25 years, she has developed an expertise in F-1 and J-1 visa regulations.
Her academic career is varied despite her career focus in international education. She holds a B.A. in Art and Communications from Goshen College, Teacher Certification in Art Education from Millersville University, an M.Div., an M.S. in Nonprofit Management, and a Ph.D (ABD) in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University. She enjoys outdoor activities with the New Haven Hiking Club and the Southern Connecticut Cycling Club, and rescued a cat she named Henrietta Meow Meow in honor of the character from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.


Friendly reminder: Please don’t divulge personal information or give money to anyone who says they will act on your behalf. ⚠️


F-1 students who are eligible for OPT and STEM OPT can locate some useful information on our external website on myCharger. We have also made the OPT virtual session available on our landing page.


Hey Chargers!!! Check out our CPT poster to learn more about CPT. 😊


University of New Haven International Students -Find out more about the STEM Extension of OPT and how to apply on Tuesday April 5, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the UIS virtual information session. Join us on Zoom during your lunch hour. Contact University Immigration Services for more information. [email protected]
Topic: UIS STEM Extension Virtual Information Session
Time: Apr 5, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Just a gentle reminder that Sprintax is offering a student discount to file your taxes.


Sprintax has provided a discount code for our international students!


UIS will open at 12pm on Thursday, Jan 20 due to the inclement weather forecast. Feel free to check out the official notice on myCharger for more details and any updates.

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