Police Registration

This page covers advice about registering with the police.

Students from some non-EEA countries are required to register with the police upon arrival in the UK.

 

Do I need to register with the Police?

Students from some non-EEA countries who are studying for more than six months are required to register with the police, ordinarily within seven working days of arrival in the UK. If you need to register, it will usually be indicated on your Entry Clearance vignette, it will read  ‘Must register with the police within seven days’,  ‘pol reg within seven days’  however it is always advisable that you check whether your country is on the list below and register if necessary.

According to the Immigration Rules, students from the following countries are usually required 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

United Arab Emirates

Belarus

Jordan

Peru

Ukraine

Bolivia

Kazakhstan

Qatar

Uzbekistan

Brazil

Kuwait

Russia

Yemen

China

Kyrgyzstan

Saudi Arabia

 

Colombia

Lebanon

Sudan

 


*If you fail to comply with a condition to register with the police or to notify them of changes, the Home Office can refuse future immigration applications or remove you from the UK. You might be barred from returning to the UK for a certain period.*

How do I register with the Police?

The OVRO launched a new online registration portal. You will be required to create an online account and enter your details, including uploading a photograph before attending your OVRO appointment. The seven (7) days registration requirement will be regarded as being satisfied as soon as you create your account and all registration details have been submitted online to the OVRO. You still need to attend the OVRO for ID verification, passport endorsement and to be issued with a police registration certificate.

Documents needed for the appointment

  • your passport 
  • your biometric residence permit (BRP)
  • Home Office visa approval letter or email showing requirement to register (BRP if applied in the UK)
  • Proof of address in London, for example a tenancy agreement, bills or an enrolment letter confirming your address
  • Proof of study details (Download the Enrolment letter form Evision) 
  • £34 registration fee (payable by card, including American Express and Diners Club International, or through most mobile payment applications such as Apple Pay and Google pay). Cash is no longer accepted.

Where is the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO)?

The Overseas Visitors Records Office      

Southwark Police Station

323 Borough High Street

London, SE1 1JL

Travel: The nearest tube stops are Borough, London Bridge or Elephant & Castle in the Northern line

Phone: 020 7230 1208

Opening Hours:

Monday – Wednesday: 9am – 4pm

Thursday: closed

Friday: 9am – 4pm

Change of circumstances and new visas

You will need to keep your registration certificate safe as you will need to include it with any new visa application you make. You are also required to inform the police if any of your circumstances change or if you have applied to extend your visa and this has been granted. Such changes include the following:

  • Change of address: You should update this at your local police station within seven days of the change. You can find your nearest Police station.
  • Extension to your visa: You will need to book an appointment online within seven days of the change to attend the OVRO. The Home Office do not necessarily state on your BRP that you are required to register with the Police. Instead, the letter you receive from the Home Office may include this requirement. It is important that you take the letter with you when you report your new BRP.
  • Receive a new passport: You will need to book an appointment online within eight days of the change to attend the OVRO.
  • Change of name/marital status: You will need to book an appointment within eight days of the change to attend the OVRO.

Any questions?

Contact our international student advice team on adviceinternational@londonmet.ac.uk

International Student Support

International Advice

Email: studentservices@londonmet.ac.uk

Email: adviceinternational@londonmet.ac.uk


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To make an appointment, please email adviceinternational@londonmet.ac.uk.

Appointments by request

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