Registering with the police
Some international students have to register with the local Police Force within 7 days of their arrival in the UK, or if their circumstances have changed at all. e.g. change of address, change of course, new visa etc. The visa sticker in your passport or UKVI decision letter should confirm if you need to register.
Who has to register?
Most students and family dependants aged over 16, who are citizens of the countries or territories listed below, and who have been given permission to enter or remain in the UK for more than 6 months will be required to register with the police.
United Arab Emirates
The requirement also applies to stateless persons and people travelling with non-national travel documents.
You will be required to register with the police if the requirement is stated in any of the following - your visa sticker, BRP card, passport stamp or your visa decision letter / email. If the requirement is not stated in any of these documents, you do not have to register, even if you are one of the nationalities that normally must register.
If you are from one of the countries above and you initially entered the UK for a period of less than 6 months, you may not have been required to register with the police. However, if you are later granted further permission that allows you to stay for a total period of longer than 6 months, it is likely that you will then be required to register. Check your decision letter / email to see if it includes a requirement to register.
The list of nationalities is subject to review by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). If you are from a country that is no longer on the list, but you have already had your passport stamped with a requirement to register, UKVI can cancel this requirement the next time you apply for an extension of stay.
Occasionally passports of other nationals may be stamped with the requirement to register with the police. If you are not a national of one of the listed countries above and you have been required to register with the police, please contact us.
Do I have to register?
Any requirement to register with the police is a condition of your stay in the UK. If you do not register and / or keep your certificate details up to date as required, your permission to stay in the UK can be cancelled.
Failure to register with the police when required to do so is also a criminal offence and could lead to prosecution.
If you are required to register with the police and fail to do so, UKVI will not process an application for an extension of stay until you have registered. The Home Office can also refuse future immigration applications or remove you from the UK. You could be barred from returning to the UK for a certain period.
You will be required to register within 7 days of you:
· arriving in the UK if you applied for a visa from outside the UK
· getting your biometric residence permit if you applied to stay for longer from inside the UK
The 7 day time limit may be extended if it is not possible to comply due to circumstances beyond your control, e.g. you have to wait for your appointment with the police or you do not have a Visa or Mastercard to make the payment with. You should still try to register as soon as you are able.
You can find out more about where and how to register or report a change in circumstances to the police, by clicking on these links depending on whether you are based on the Loughborough campus or the London campus.