The Overseas Visitors Registration Office (OVRO) in London has reopened and is now taking online bookings following a temporary suspension of services due to COVID-19. 

Students with the police registration requirement on their visa are now able to book appointments on the OVRO website. Attendance is by appointment only as visits to OVRO are not permitted due to social distancing rules. You must book an appointment online first.

Registering with the police

Who is required to register with the Police?

Nationals of certain countries are required to register with the police if in the UK for longer than 6 months.

You will be required to register with the police if you are from:

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. (This list is correct at the time of writing and may change.)

You do not need to register if you have dual nationality with one of these countries and a country that is not on the list.

If on a previous visit to the UK you registered with the police, you must register again if you have been absent for more than 12 months.

How will I know I need to register with the police?

If you or your dependents are required to register with the police, the words ‘The holder is required to register with the police’ or ‘Register/report to the Police’ will be printed either on:

  • The visa letter
  • The visa vignette (sticker in your passport)
  • The reverse of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card

If you think you or your dependants need to register but have not been asked to then please contact Student Advice.

Why do I have to register with the police?

If you are required to register and do not register this can lead to:

  • A £5,000 fine
  • A prison sentence
  • Recommendation of deportation
  • A ten-year ban on entering the UK

How to register with the Police

If you are required to register with the police and live in London, you must book an appointment to register at the Overseas Visitors Registration Office (OVRO).

You must book an appointment within 7 days of your arrival in the UK or if you have extended your visa in the UK, within 7 days of receiving or collecting your new BRP card. You must not delay your registration.

You may need to wait some time before your appointment.

If you live outside London you must register at your local police station instead. Use the Find your neighbourhood search tool on the Police.UK site to find a station near to you.

We assume that most International Students studying at the University of Westminster will be studying in London and need to apply to OVRO.

Where is OVRO?

The Overseas Visitors’ Records Office (OVRO) is on the Ground Floor, Brandon House, 323 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JL. The nearest underground station is Borough on the Northern Line.

Opening hours are 9am–4pm Monday to Wednesday and 9am–4pm Friday (closed Thursdays).

The OVRO website explains the booking process, what to bring, when to arrive, when to update your certificate and provides a useful map.

If you live outside of London:

You may be asked to complete a different registration form but most of the details below should apply to you.

The first time you register with the police you will need to:

  • Take evidence that you need to register which is normally the wording included in either your decision letter, your initial one-month vignette (sticker in your passport) or your BRP with wording indicating that it is a requirement for you to register *
  • Complete the registration form. You must complete this online and then print the form. OVRO will not accept forms filled in by hand. If you are applying at a local Police Station they may have a different registration form
  • Take your original passport (containing your current or last UK entry clearance visa) and
  • Your BRP card if you have collected it though if your BRP is late arriving at the University and you need to register within 7 days you can register without it
  • One UK passport-sized photo (45mm x 35mm), glued to the form (not stapled)
  • £34 registration fee (payable by cash or card. OVRO can now accept payments made by American Express, Diners Club International and through most mobile payment applications such as Apple Pay and Google pay)
  • If applying at OVRO you will be required to show details of your online booking confirmation on your phone or printout when you attend

*If you do not have evidence that you have been asked to register but you are here in the UK for more than six months and you are a national from a country listed above then please contact Student Advice to find out what you should do next.

Once you have your registration certificate:

Keep it safe and keep it up to date. If your document is lost or stolen or damaged you need to apply for a replacement and pay the application fee again.

The following changes need to be reported to OVRO(if you live in London or your local Police station if you live outside London) within 7 days and altered on your Police Registration Certificate. Failure to report changes is a breach of your visa conditions and can result in later problems with UK Immigration so please keep your Certificate up to date:

  • any extension of your visa or changes to your passport details
  • any changes to your BRP
  • any change to your name
  • any change in marital status
  • If you change your address you must report this to your local police station (nearest to where you live), not to OVRO. Take your Police Registration Certificate and evidence of your address so that they can update your PRC

You also need to fill in the Migrant Change of Circumstances Form to report all these changes, except an extension of your visa, to the Home Office.

For more details please see the website's notification of change of circumstances form.

Note: If you need to extend your visa in the UK you are required to provide an up-to-date Police Registration Certificate with your visa application. If you have not kept your Police Registration Certificate up to date your visa could be refused or curtailed.

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