You may be required to register with the police within 7 days of arrival in the UK.
Depending on your nationality and the length of time you will be staying in the UK, you may be required to register with the police, as a condition of your immigration permission.
A list of countries whose nationals may be required to register can be found in Appendix 2 of the Immigration Rules.
You'll be told if you need to register with the police on one of the following documents:
You must also register with the police within 7 days of receiving your new BRP if you are granted an extension or new immigration permission in the UK.
You must visit the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO). Please check their website for opening times. Please be aware that between September to November there are usually long queues at OVRO.
If you are:
You must supply the following:
***Your registration will not be processed if you do not supply all of the above documents***
All students are subject to a security check on arrival. Do not carry any sharp objects and attend the office with minimal baggage. If you are found to be carrying a knife or sharp bladed instrument this will be reported to the police and you could be arrested.
After you have registered with the police, you are required to notify them of any change in circumstances or a new visa.
The Overseas Visitors Records Office webpage explains which changes should be reported, how soon to report them – whether it is 7 or 8 days, and where to report the change.
You should keep your Police Registration Certificate in a safe place. If you lose your certificate, you are required to get a new one from the OVRO as soon as you notice your certificate is lost.
If your immigration permission required you to register with the police, it is a condition to register and keep your Police Registration Certificate up to date. Failure to comply with your immigration permission is a criminal offence.
Failure to register could lead to a £5,000 fine, a prison sentence, recommendation of deportation or a 10-year ban on entering the UK.
In addition, if you register after the deadline or do not update your registration certificate within the time required, this could have an impact on any future UK immigration permission you apply for. You should therefore, register as soon as possible.