Registering with the police
Students from certain countries will usually need to register with the police if they hold a visa for more than six months.
You should check the 30-day vignette (visa sticker) in your passport to see whether or not you are required to register. If you need to register, your student visa sticker will usually say “police registration”. If you completed a paper visa application form (for example if your BRP was lost or stolen and you applied for replacement), then the requirement to register will be included in your letter from the Home Office, and not on your visa.
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 will 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.
See a list of those countries whose students usually need to register.
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 is important to do so. If you fail to comply with a condition to register with the police, or to notify them of changes, the Home Office can refuse future immigration applications or remove you from the UK. Additionally, you might be barred from returning to the UK for a certain period.
2nd June 2020 - the Leicestershire Police Overseas Visitor Registration Office (OVRO) have informed us that, because of coronavirus (COVID-19), visa registration has been suspended until further notice. All existing appointments have been cancelled.
OVRO have assured us that students should not worry about this and will not receive any repercussions for not registering or for failing to notify changes of details.
We recommend contuining to checking the OVRO website for further information and updates.
If you are a national of one of these countries, and you have been admitted to the UK for a period of more than six months, you will usually need to register your visa.
It will usually state on your entry visa vignette (sticker) or BRP if you need to register. If you completed a paper visa application form (for example if your BRP was lost or stolen and you applied for replacement), then the requirement to register will be included in your letter from the Home Office, and not on your visa.
If you're not sure if you need to register or not, please talk with the International Student Support team or DSU Advice.
PR China (including the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong)
United Arab Emirates