Registering with the Police

International students who have a visa that requires them to register with the Police must do so at the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) in London. If you need to register, this requirement will be written in your passport and you will need to register within seven days of your arrival in the United Kingdom.

Police registration is a legal requirement. If you fail to register with the Police and do not keep your Police Registration Certificate updated, you are committing a criminal offence and are breaking the conditions of your visa. This could result in serious consequences for your Immigration status and for your future UK visa applications.

Do I need to register with the Police?

Nationals from the following countries need to register with the Police:

Afghanistan

Cuba

Libya

Syria

Algeria

Egypt

Moldova

Tajikistan

Argentina

Georgia

Morocco

Tunisia

Armenia

Iran

North Korea

Turkey

Azerbaijan

Iraq

Oman

Turkmenistan

Bahrain

Israel

Palestine

UAE

Belarus

Jordan

Peru

Ukraine

Bolivia

Kazakhstan

Qatar

Uzbekistan

Brazil

Kyrgyzstan

Russia

Yemen

China

Kuwait

Saudi Arabia

 

Colombia

Lebanon

Sudan

 

To be sure, take a look at your current visa. If you are required to register with the Police, you visa will say either:

  • Register with Police within 7 days of arrival
  • Report extension to Police
  • Register/Report to Police

It is your responsibility to make sure that you register with the Police and keep your Police Registration Certificate safe and always up to date. Your Police Registration Certificate must always have the following information on it:

  • Your current passport details
  • Your current visa details
  • Your current address details

You must notify the Police within 7 days of any changes to these details.

Where do I register with the Police?

If you are registering with the Police for the first time you must go to the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) in London:

Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO)

323 Borough High Street

London

SE1 1JL

Tel.: 020 7230 1208 / 020 7230 1208 (This is a 24 hour recorded information line but messages are not accepted.)

What must I take with me when I register with the Police?

The first time you register you must take with you:

  • Completed OVRO Registration Proforma which can be downloaded here
  • Your passport and visa, along with copies
  • Proof of your address in the UK,  e.g. your Tenancy Agreement
  • Two passport sized photographs (photographs must be in colour and cut to size and stapled to the completed proforma prior to attending)
  • £34 registration fee (payable by cash, sterling travellers’ cheque or most debit and credit cards. Please note that Euros, American Express or personal cheques will not be accepted.)

If you go to update your Police Registration Certificate you must take with you:

  •   Your passport and visa
  •   Police Registration Certificate

I already have a Police Registration Certificate - do I need to register again?

You need to make sure your Police Registration Certificate is always up to date because you need to include it with any UK visa application.If you only need to update your Police Registration Certificate with a new address, you can do this at a local Police Station - you do not need to go to OVRO in London.For any other changes e.g. new passport/new visa, you must always go to OVRO to update your Police Registration Certificate.

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