Arrangements for Police Registration 2017

Certain international students will be required to register with the police in the UK. If you applied for your visa overseas, this requirement will be printed on your 30-day visa sticker in your passport. The full list of nationalities who are required to register with the police in the UK is given on the UK government website

If you applied for your visa in the UK, this requirement will be printed on the letter you were given when you received your passport and documents. 

Please check carefully whether you need to register with the police, as the consequences of not doing so can be serious.

If you already have a Police Registration Certificate from previous studies in the UK but are re-locating from another city to London, you must also follow the procedures listed below. If you have been out of the UK for more than 12 months, you need to re-register as if you were new to the UK.

Registration costs £34, updating an existing Police Registration Certificate is free of charge.

If you applied for your visa outside the UK, you will have been given a temporary visa sticker in your passport and you must collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the University or a Post Office (full details are given in your visa decision letter). If you applied inside the UK you will already have a BRP.

To register with the police you will need to take the following documents with you to the Overseas Visitors Records Office:

  • Your passport
  • Completed and signed online Police Registration form (must be completed online and printed off - hand written proformas will not be accepted)
  • 1 x passport sized photograph (must be pasted onto the form)
  • £34.00 Registration Fee
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or UKVI decision letter
  • If you made your visa application IN the UK you will need to take the Home Office decision letter

The online pro-forma can be found under the OVRO document checklist


I heard the College had a special arrangement with the OVRO where students could make a pre-booked appointment to register. How do I do this?

During September and early October, we were able to offer some pre-booked appointments with OVRO. This arrangement has now finished. If you did not complete your Police Registration through this process, you will now have to attend OVRO yourself with the documents listed above. Please arrange to do this as soon as possible.

My visa says I have to register within 7 days – what does this mean?

You are supposed to register within 7 days, or update an existing certificate within 7 days if you have received a new BRP or changed your address or passport details. During September / October, OVRO can be very busy so attend as soon as you can.

I already have a Police Registration Certificate. Do I have to register again?

If you have been granted a new visa for Imperial College then you will need to have your Police Registration Certificate updated by OVRO. You will need to take your original police registration certificate with your proforma to OVRO. You will not have to pay the registration fee.

Imperial College guide to Police Registration in London and Police Registration (Silwood Park)

Imperial College guide to completing the pro-forma using our police registration guidance notes