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.
Nationals from the following countries need to register with the 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.
You must notify the Police within 7 days of any changes to these details.
There are some 30-day visas that require you to register with the police. If this is the case it will be written on the visa. The requirement may be shown as, ‘Pol Reg’, ‘Police Registration’ or 'Register with Police in seven days of UK entry'. Please check to be sure.
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
Tel.: 020 7230 1208 / 020 7230 1208 (This is a 24 hour recorded information line but messages are not accepted.)
The first time you register you must take with you:
If you go to update your Police Registration Certificate you must take with you:
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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