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Do I need to register with the police?

Students from certain countries will usually need to register with the police Nationality office if they hold a visa for more than six months. If you are required to register, this will usually be stated on your 30-day entry visa vignette (sticker) or, if you have been granted leave to remain following an application made in the UK, on your biometric residence permit (BRP). If you completed a paper-based immigration application form (rather than an online one), the condition may be included in your letter from the Home Office and not on your visa.

Not all students will need to register their visas. See list of those countries whose students usually need to register.

The spouse or child (aged 16 or over) of a student who is admitted to the UK on a student visa for more than six months may also need to register with the police. If you are admitted to the UK on a visa for less than six months and later extend your current student visa in the UK for more than six months, you will also need to register with the police.

A police registration certificate is valid for the duration of your stay in the UK and should be renewed every time you extend your visa. You must also renew your police registration certificate every time you change address, academic course, place of study, marital status or if you renew your passport.

When you register for the first time you will need to pay £34 per person. There is also a £34 charge for renewing your police registration certificate if the original is lost or full.

If you are required to register your visa, it's important to do so; failure to do this may be a criminal offence.

We are running appointments in late October for students who need to register their visas. We have also arranged separate appointments for any students who have registered already, but need to notify the police of a change of circumstances.

Update on Monday 16th October - Appointments are currently fully booked. We will post an update here shortly with further advice.

Please do not go to the police station to register at this time - instead please wait for further guidance in the coming days.

Visa registration appointments in October

International Student Support team are organising police visa registration appointments over 3 dates in October and November.

Update on Monday 16th October - Appointments are currently fully booked. We will post an update here shortly with further advice.

Monday 30th October - book here (limited availability)

Tuesday 31st October - book here (limited availablity)

Thursday 2nd November - book here (limited availability)

If you are registering for the first time, you will need to bring with you -

  • Your completed registration form
  • Two recent, identical passport photographs 
  • A fee of £34 which should be in cash (please bring the exact amount of money if you can) 
  • Your passport
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • A letter confirming you are a student at De Montfort University (your CAS letter or DMU offer letter will be suitable)
  • Proof of your address in Leicester – either your contract/tenancy agreement, a bank statement or some other letter that shows your name and current address in Leicester

You will also need to take photocopies of your passport (photo and visa pages), BRP, CAS or offer letter, and address document.

Please note that these appointments are for new registrations only. If you have registered before and only need to notify a change of circumstances, please see the section below for details of these appointments.

Change of Circumstances appointments in November

If you have already registered your visa, you need to inform the Nationality team if any these details change -

  • You change your address
  • You change your course of study
  • You get a new visa or a new passport
  • You start a job
  • You get married.

Update on Monday 16th October - Appointments are currently fully booked. We will post an update here shortly with further advice.

We are running appointments for changes of circumstances on Wednesday 1st November. Book an appointment here. (limited availability)

If you notify a change of circumstances, you'll need to present your existing registration certificate to the police Nationality team, as well as proof of the change (such as a document with your new address, for example).

If you have any questions about police registration, please contact us at

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