You may need to register with the police when you visit the UK or if you’re in the UK and switching to a new visa.
When you arrive in the UK the visa in your passport will say ‘police registration within 7 days of arrival’ if you need to register.
You could be fined £5,000 and jailed for 6 months if you don’t register when you’ve been told to.
When you need to register
You’ll need to register with the police if:
- your visa is for longer than 6 months
- you’re 16 or older
- you’re from one of the countries listed below
- you’re in the UK and are switching to a visa which requires you to register
You must register with the police if you’re from:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen.
You don’t need to register if you have dual-nationality with a country that’s not on the list above.
You may also need to register if:
- you’re stateless
- you hold a non-national travel document
You’re also exempt if you’re visiting the UK on a temporary visa:
- as a seasonal agricultural worker
- as a private servant in a diplomatic household
- as a minister of religion, missionary or member of a religious order
- because you’re married to or in a civil partnership with a person settled in the UK, or the unmarried or same-sex partner of a settled person
- as a person with access rights to a child resident in the UK
- as the parent of a child at school, after you’ve been given asylum
How to register
If you live in the area of London covered by the Metropolitan Police, you must register at:
Overseas Visitors Registration Office (OVRO)
180 Borough High Street
London SE1 1LH
Telephone: 020 7230 1208
Contact your local police station if you’re elsewhere in the UK to find out where to go.
Registering with the police costs £34. You can pay at the police station.
Documents you must provide
You’ll need to take:
- your passport, 2 passport size colour photographs
- your biometric residence permit (BRP) if you have one
- details of your course and place of study if you’re a student
You may need to provide additional documents depending on your status and the police force with which you are registering.
The police station will record:
- your full name
- your gender
- your marital status
- your date and country of birth
- your nationality
- your address in the UK
- the address of the last place you lived outside the UK
- the date, place and how you arrived in the UK
- your passport details
- what you can and can’t do with your visa, including how long you can stay
- if you’re a student or working
Fines and penalties
You could be fined £5,000 and jailed for 6 months if you don’t register with the police. Registering late can count against you next time you apply for a visa.
Change of circumstances
You must tell the police if any of the information you’ve given them changes.
You can do this by calling the police station where you registered - you won’t need to go in person.
You may need to register again if you move somewhere else in the UK.