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Police registration

Police officer in a fluorescent jacket
Some overseas students from countries specified by UK Visas and Immigration need to register with the Police at the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO). 

The list of nationalities who have to register with the police is subject to change, but is currently:

  • 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 do not need to register if you have dual nationality with one of these countries and another country that is not on the list.

For the most up-to-date information please check the UK Government website.

Do I need to register with the police?

You will be told whether you need to register with the Police in the following ways:

  • For those applying outside the UK the police registration condition will appear on their entry clearance vignette (visa) and/or in the decision letter from UKVI.
  • For those applying from within the UK the condition will either appear their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or it may be confirmed solely in the Home Office decision letter.

When to register

You must register within seven days of arrival in the UK. If you applied in the UK you must register within seven days of receiving your new BRP.

Once your police registration is complete, you will be issued with a Police Registration Certificate (PRC). It is very important that you keep this somewhere safe, as you will need it if you ever want to apply for another UK visa.

If your UK address changes while you are in the UK, or there is another change in your circumstances (eg you change your name, renew your passport, or move to a different course), you must get your PRC updated within seven days of the change. Some changes can be reported at your local police station instead of the OVRO. A full list of possible changes of circumstances and how to report them is available on the Metropolitan Police website.

Visit the OVRO website

Students extending their visa

You must submit an up-to-date PRC with any application to extend your stay. If you do not have an up-to-date PRC your visa will be refused.

If you have lost your PRC, you should visit the OVRO as soon as possible to obtain a new one. If the address on your PRC is not current, you must update this at your local Police station before submitting your visa application.

How to register

You must go the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) at

Southwark Police Station
323 Borough High Street


Please use the OVRO entrance, not the main police station entrance.

The office is open 9am–4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. There can be queues so we recommend arriving as early as possible.

You will need to complete and print out the OVRO Registration Proforma (available below) and take it to the OVRO, You will also need:

  • A recent passport-sized photograph, which must be in colour and pasted (not stapled) to the completed proforma prior to attending.
  • Your passport.
  • Your entry clearance vignette from your passport (if applicable).
  • A copy of the letter from the Home Office informing you of the requirement to register (if applicable).
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
  • Your existing Police Registration Certificate if you have studied in the UK before.
  • The registration fee (currently £34).

Students who have previously studied in the UK

If you already have a Police Registration Certificate (PRC), but you are starting a new course, you will need to update your details with the OVRO. You do not have to pay the registration fee again, provided you bring your current PRC with you. 

Important documentation

You can obtain all the documentation you need for police registration from the OVRO website. Please note, the OVRO Registration Proforma must be typed and not handwritten.

OVRO registration proforma and other documentation