Any foreign nationals aged 16 and over admitted to the UK to work or study for six months or more will need to register with the police if they are a citizen of one of the following member countries:
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
Please check your visa stamp carefully once you enter the UK. This will tell you if you are required to register with the police.
If you don’t register any future immigration applications will consider that you didn’t register and your current leave can be shortened.
If your placement is in London
You must register at the Overseas Visitors Records Office if you live in an area of London covered by the Metropolitan Police.
Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO)
323 Borough High Street
Contact your local police station if you live in the City of London.
If your placement is elsewhere
Contact your local police station to find out where to go if you’re in:
England, Wales or Northern Ireland
Registering with the police costs £34. You can pay at the police station.
If you need to register, you should go to the nearest police station within seven days of your arrival in the UK or within 7 days of getting your biometric residence permit. with:
- 2 recent passport size colour photographs
- your passport with your entry visa vignette
- your BRP (if you have one)
- the Home Office letter that approved your application for leave
You may need to provide additional documents depending on your status and the police force you’re registering with.
Change of circumstances
If you registered with the police you must tell them if any of the information you’ve given them changes. Contact the police station to check if you need to go in person.
If you registered at the Overseas Visitors Records Office, check what changes they need to know about and how to report them.
For further information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/register-with-the-police
Please note if you hold a Non-EU passport and IAESTE UK has helped you to obtain the Tier 5 visa for your placement, you cannot travel outside the UK on this visa.
The visa allows you 28 days for travel outside of your work placement but this travel must be within the UK. If you travel outside the UK, you will be refused entry back into the UK by customs officials because your visa is for single entry only.
Non-EU/EEA nationals must enter Northern Ireland via a UK Airport / Port of Entry.
You can’t enter via the Republic of Ireland (ie. Dublin Airport) as there are no UK Customs Check Points at the border between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland to stamp your arrival.
You will therefore not be allowed to work under the conditions of your visa and will have to exit the UK immediately in order to re-enter via a UK Port of Entry and get your documents stamped.
This will be at your own personal expense – IAESTE UK will not be responsible for failure to follow these instructions. Please ensure you have your Acceptance documents ready to present with your visa and passport.