Registering with the UK Police

Once you have arrived to the UK on a Student visa you are required to register with the police within seven days of arriving in the UK, unless your college or university has made special arrangements for new students to register outside this 7-day deadline. When you register, you will receive a Police Registration Certificate. You need to update the police within 7 days if you change address, get an immigration extension, change college or university, renew your passport, get married, or if any of the other details on your Police Registration Certificate change.

If you fail to comply with a condition to register with the police or to notify them of changes, the UK Border Agency can refuse future immigration application or remove you from the UK if you do not comply with it properly. You might be barred from returning to the UK for a certain period.

The condition to register with the police is given to students of certain nationalities, who come to the UK for more than six months. You can check the list of countries whose nationals need to register at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policyandlaw/immigrationlaw/immigrationrules/appendix2/

If you are required to register, the condition will always be printed on the entry clearance sticker or residence permit in your passport.