Registering with the police

Who needs to register with the police and how you can do this.

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If you are required to register and you don't you could be fined £5,000 and jailed for 6 months. Registering late can count against you next time you apply for a visa. 

Who needs to register

You will need to register if all the following apply to you

  1. If you are aged 16 or over
  2. You are coming to the UK for more than 6 months
  3. You are a national of one of the countries listed below
  4. Your temporary visa (issued in your passport before you arrived in the UK) confirms 'pol registration', or your decision letter (if you extended your visa inside the UK) says that you need to register with the police

You will not need to register if you 

  1. have indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  2. are the partner (spouse, fiancé(e), civil or unmarried partner) of a person settled in the UK
  3. have been granted asylum

Police registration countries

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Macao (Special Administrative Region)
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen

How to register

Goldsmiths can usually help students starting their course in September to register with the police, we will email students in September to tell them what to do if they would like us to help.

If you would prefer to do this on your own, or are not starting in September, you will need to:

Fill in an application on your computer, print it out and sign it, and then take these things with you to the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO):

  • your application form
  • one UK passport photo (45mm x 35mm)
  • your passport (containing your temporary visa)
  • your BRP card (your full visa)
  • your outcome letter from the Home Office (if you extended your visa inside the UK, and
  • £34 application fee

Their address is: 323 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JL

The OVRO is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 4pm, but are closed on UK holiday days.

There are some times of year when the OVRO is very busy, so they cannot see everyone. If they cannot see you that day they will give you an appointment to come back on another day.

At your appointment they will stamp your passport to show that you have seen them, and will give you a piece of paper called a 'police registration certificate'.

Notifying the police about changes

You must tell the police if any of the details you gave them change, and you will need to have your police registration certificate updated.

The list below tells you which details on a Tier 4 visa might change, and how to tell the police if they do.

Anything listed as something to take with you should be original not a copy.

Your name

If your name changes you should go to th OVRO within 8 days of the change. You should take with you;

  • your police registration certificate
  • proof of your change of name (this could be your new passport or deed poll)

The police will not charge you to update your police registration certificate.

Your address

You should go to a police station within 7 days of the change, taking your police registration certificate with you. 

The police will not charge you to update your police registration certificate. 

A new visa

If you get a new visa you will need to tell the OVRO within 7 days of the change. You will need to take with you:

  • Your police registration certificate
  • Your biometric residence permit (BRP) - this is your full visa
  • Your passport
  • the letter or email from the Home Office, that tells you the outcome of your visa application

The police will not charge you to update your police registration certificate.

A new passport

If you get a new passport you will need to tell the OVRO within 8 days of the change. You will need to take with you:

  • Your police registration certificate
  • Your new passport. (If you hold passports from more than one country, you will need to take all of them with you.)

The police will not charge you to update your police registration certificate.

Your marital status

If you enter into a civil partnership, or get married or divorced you will need to go to the OVRO within 8 days of the change.

You should take your police registration certificate with you, as well as one of these:

  • a civil partnership certificate
  • a marriage certificate
  • a divorce certificate

If your civil partnership or marriage is to a British citizen, you will also need to take their passport or British birth certificate with you.

The police will not charge you for your new police registration certificate.

Your police registration certificate is lost or stolen

If your police registration certificate is lost or stolen you will need to make an application for a new one. You will need to fill in your application, and follow the process to register as though this was the first time.

It will cost £34 to get a new certificate.

Your police registration certificate is full

If you need to tell the police about any of the changes listed above but your certificate is full, you will need to go to the OVRO within 7 days of the change.

You will need to take with you

  • A new application
  • One UK passport photo (45mm x 35mm) glued to the application
  • The police registration certificate that is full
  • The passport containing your temporary visa, and your new passport if you have one.
  • Your biometric residence permit (BRP) - this is your full visa
  • the letter or email from the Home Office, that tells you the outcome of your visa application

The police will not charge you for your new police registration certificate.