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

Exemptions

You don’t need to register with the police if you have permission to live permanently in the UK, or are a family member of an EEA citizen.

You’re also exempt if you’re visiting the UK on a temporary visa:

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)
Brandon House
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.

Fees

Registering with the police costs £34. You can pay at the police station.

Documents you must provide

You’ll need to take:

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.

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