Police registration

Police officer in a fluorescent jacket
Some overseas students from countries specified by UK Visas and Immigration need to register with the Police at the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO). 

The list of nationalities who have to register with the police is subject to change, but is currently:

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

You do not need to register if you have dual nationality with one of these countries and another country that is not on the list.

For the most up-to-date information please check the UK Government website.

Do I need to register with the police?

You will be told whether you need to register with the Police in the following ways:

  • For those applying outside the UK the police registration condition will appear on their entry clearance vignette (visa) and/or in the decision letter from UKVI.
  • For those applying from within the UK the condition will either appear their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or it may be confirmed solely in the Home Office decision letter.

When to register

You must register within seven days of arrival in the UK. If you applied in the UK you must register within seven days of receiving your new BRP.

If you arrive seven days or more before New Student Check-in (18 September 2017), or if you arrive late, you must attend the OVRO to register as soon as possible. 

If you arrive less than seven days before New Student Check-in the OVRO normally puts special arrangements in place to enable students to complete the first part of police registration at their university. This has happened in the past but we have not had confirmation it will happen again this year. If it does, late arrivers won’t have to queue at the OVRO at a busy time of year and won't miss induction week events. We will keep this page updated with the latest available details.

Once your police registration is complete, you will be issued with a Police Registration Certificate (PRC). It is very important that you keep this somewhere safe, as you will need it if you ever want to apply for another UK visa.

If your UK address changes while you are in the UK you must get your PRC updated within seven days of the change. You can do this at your local police station instead of the OVRO. If your personal details or course changes you must report this at the OVRO. 

Visit the OVRO website

Students extending their visa

You must submit an up-to-date PRC with any application to extend your stay. If you do not have an up-to-date PRC your visa will be refused.

If you have lost your PRC, you should visit the OVRO as soon as possible to obtain a new one. If the address on your PRC is not current, you must update this at your local Police station before submitting your visa application. 

How to register using standard arrangements

You must go the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) at

Southwark Police Station
323 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1JL

  

Please use the OVRO entrance, not the main police station entrance.

The office is open 9am–4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. There can be queues so we recommend arriving as early as possible.

You will need to complete and print out the OVRO Registration Proforma (available below) and take it to the OVRO, You will also need:

  • A recent passport-sized photograph, which must be in colour and pasted (not stapled) to the completed proforma prior to attending.
  • Your passport.
  • Your entry clearance vignette from your passport (if applicable).
  • A copy of the letter from the Home Office informing you of the requirement to register (if applicable).
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
  • Your existing Police Registration Certificate if you have studied in the UK before.
  • The registration fee (currently £34).

How to register using standard arrangements for new student check-in

The OVRO puts special arrangements in place to allow students to complete the first part of their Police Registration at their university, to avoid queues at the OVRO during the busy September period. 

You can use this service if:

  • You are enrolling on time at new student check-in, or no later than 6 October 2017 if you have permission to enrol late.
  • You arrive in the UK less than 7 days before enrolling.

You will need to complete the OVRO registration proforma (see below), print it out and bring it to the RCM's new student check-in with:

  • A recent passport-sized photograph, which must be in colour and pasted (not stapled) to the completed proforma prior to attending.
  • A photocopy of the identity page of your passport.
  • A photocopy of your entry clearance vignette from your passport (if applicable).
  • A copy of both sides of your Biometric Residence Permit (if you have already collected it).
  • A copy of the letter from the Home Office informing you of the requirement to register (if applicable).

You must hand these to a member of the RCM's check-in team, who will send them to the OVRO on your behalf. They will give you a letter confirming that the documents have been received and telling you what you what to do next.

You will then be informed of the date (normally in October) when you must attend the OVRO to complete the police registration process, taking your passport and the registration fee (£34). By that time of year the office will be quieter and you should not have to queue.

Students who have previously studied in the UK

If you already have a Police Registration Certificate (PRC), but you are starting a new course, you will need to update your details with the OVRO. You do not have to pay the registration fee again. Whether you use the standard arrangements or the special arrangements for New Student Check-in, you need to bring your current PRC with you. 

If you use the special arrangements we will need to send your original PRC to the OVRO for processing, so we strongly recommend you keep a photocopy for your own records.

Important documentation

You can obtain all the documentation you need for police registration from the OVRO website. Please note, the OVRO Registration Proforma must be typed and not handwritten.

OVRO registration proforma and other documentation