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:
- North Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
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.
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.
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.