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.
How do I register my visa?
If you need to register your visa (or if you have already registered and need to report a change of circumstances), you will need to set up an account online with the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO). You can then make an appointment to register your visa at Mansfield House police station, on Belgrave Gate in Leicester.
You can make an appointment to register and find out how to visit OVRO here. If you need to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK, you must complete your self-isolation before you attend an appointment (although you can set up an account with OVRO whilst self-isolating). In most cases, it will not be possible to register a visa within 7 days; this will not be a problem, provided you register as soon as you are able to.
Please note that OVRO are not able to register visas at DMU. Instead, you will need to make an appointment to visit the police station.
Update 22nd October 2020: OVRO are currently running a limited service. If you need to register your visa you will need to set up an account with OVRO and make an appointment via their website in the usual way. OVRO have told us that students do NOT need to have received their BRP in order to register visas; you will need to have the temporary entry vignette (visa) that is in your passport and you may be asked to return to the OVRO office once you have your BRP. Please check which documents you'll need to provide, prior to your appointment.
Nationals of the following countries need to register with the police
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)
- Korea (North)
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates