Police Registration

Some international students and their family members are required to register with the police as an overseas visitor. This will be indicated on the visa sticker in your passport. It is a legal requirement and must be completed within seven days of arrival in the UK. Failure to do so is a criminal offence and could lead to prosecution, a fine of up to £5,000 or a ban from the UK.

For further information, including where to go and what documents you will need, visit the Metropolitan Police website. Students in Greater London should register at the Overseas Visitors Records Office.

Changing your address after you register

If you change your address you must inform the police within seven days. You can do this at any local police station. You can find your nearest police station here.

Updating your visa/BRP information

Any time you get a new visa or BRP card you must go to the Overseas Visitor Records Office if you live in the London boroughs and get your certificate updated within seven days of receiving your new visa.  If you live outside the London boroughs you should go to your nearest police station where you live to update your new visa or BRP.

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