You must register with the police if you are 16 or older, will be working or studying in the UK for six months or longer, and are a foreign national and citizen of one of the following 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.
Where to register
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
London SE1 1JL
Contact your local police station if you live in the City of London.
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, go to the nearest police station within seven days of your arrival in the UK or within seven days of getting your biometric residence permit (BRP). Bring the following documents:
- Two 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.
Find out more on gov.uk.