You may be required to register with the police within 7 days of arrival in the UK. This requirement will be written on your UK visa.
Check if you need to register with the Police
Nationals from certain countries may be required to register with the Police within 7 days of arrival in the UK.
You’ll be told if you need to register with the police on one of the following documents:
- your entry visa vignette (if you’re travelling to the UK)
- your biometric residence permit (BRP)
- the Home Office letter that approved your application for leave
It is important that you read any letters from the UK Visa and Immigration Service carefully to see if you need to register. If it is written in the letter it is a legal requirement of your visa.
If you are required to register with the Police, you will need to obtain a Police Registration Certificate (PRC) at the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO).
Please go to the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) with the following documents:
If you fail to complete your Police Registration you are in breach of your visa conditions and the University will not be able to let you continue with your course, and you will be fined £5,000 and jailed for 6 months.
You should keep your Police Registration Certificate in a safe place at home - you do not need to carry it with you every day. However, you should remember to take it if you travel outside the UK as you may be asked to show it at Immigration controls.
If your circumstances change whilst you are here in the UK, you will need to tell the Police and update your Police Registration Certificate within 7 days. There is no charge for this. If you fail to do this it is a breach of your immigration conditions and you could face a fine or prison sentence.
For all changes to circumstances, you need to go to the OVRO in Borough. If you are out of the UK for more than 12 months, your PRC is no longer valid and you will need to pay for a new one.
The following changes which should be recorded include:
- Visa extension
- Change of course
- Change of address
- Change of name
- Getting a new passport
- Getting married or divorced
Change of address can be done at your local police station
If you are living in London and only need to change your address, then you can update this information at a local police station. The nearest police station from main campus is Islington Police Station, 2 Tolpuddle Street, London N1 0YY.