If your UK visa document tells you to register with the police you should read the information below carefully.
If you are a holder of stateless documents or a national of a country listed by the Home Office on their website, you are required to register with the police when you are granted a visa for more than six months:
Why do I need to register with the police?
The requirement to register with the police will be indicated in the following documents:
- Your entry clearance visa vignette in your passport
- Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card
- The Home Office letter which states that your visa application was approved
Police registration is a condition linked to your Tier 4 visa. The UKVI treats this requirement very seriously. Non-compliance may result in your removal from the UK, getting barred from returning to the UK for a certain period and refusal on any subsequent immigration applications.
When do I need to register with the police?
You must register within seven days of arriving in the UK or seven days of getting your BRP card.
Where should I register?
If you live in London register at the following:
The Overseas Visitors’ Records Office (OVRO)
323 Borough High Street
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Students living in High Wycombe can register at the following police station:
Thames Valley Police
Queen Victoria Road
0845 850 5505
Elsewhere please contact the police station near where you live to see if you can register with them.
What do I need to take with me when I am registering?
You will need to take:
- Your valid passport
- Current visa/Biometric Residence Permit card/Home Office letter which states that your visa was approved
- Two recent passport photographs
- Registration fee of £34
- Proof of student status letter - if you have already enroled on your course
- CAS or offer letter - if you are still waiting to enrol on your course
your passport including the current visa page or Biometric Residence Permit card. The police registration fee is £34 and can be paid by cash, credit card, debit card or cheque with a cheque guarantee card). You will also need to provide a proof of student status letter (available from the International Office).
What happens after registration?
- The police will give you a Police Registration Certificate
- You will need to take the Police Registration Certificate to the compliance team for a copy to be kept in your file
- You will require this certificate for re-entering the UK and extending or renewing your visa
- You will have 48 hours to produce the certificate if you are requested to do so
- You must inform the police station within 7 days of any changes including: change of address so they can insert the new address on your certificate, when you get a visa extension, if you change college or university, renew your passport, change your marital status or if any of the other details on your Police Registration Certificate change - You will need to take the Police Registration Certificate to the compliance team for a copy to be kept in your file
For further information please visit the UKVI page on police registration.