When you arrive here in the UK, you may need to register with the police, depending on your nationality and how long you'll be here for.
The requirement to register should be printed on one of the following documents:
- your entry visa vignette (if you’re travelling to the UK)
- your biometric residence permit (BRP)
- the Home Office letter that approved your application for leave
If it says “Register/Report to Police”, “Pol. Registration” or similar, you must register with the police.
In October 2016, King’s College London offered a special option for students called the Interim Process, which made registration easier and did not require you to register within the usual 7 day deadline.
The Interim Process was set up by the Metropolitan Police which allows the University to help students register with the Police.
Appointment times for Autumn 2017 will be opened at the beginning of term in September 2017 for next academic year.
Do I need to register?
You will need to register with the police if you come to the UK for longer than 6 months and you are a national from the following counties:
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.
When do I register?
You need to register within 7 days of arriving in the UK or if you are a new student starting in September you can preregister through King’s (Please see below for further details). You register at the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO). You then need to update your certificate each time you change your address or obtain a new visa or passport. If you do not do this then you are likely to face problems when you try to extend your student visa.
* If you do not register when you are supposed to, fail to complete the registration process, or fail to keep your certificate up to date, you may be fined £5000 or face a jail sentence.
How do I need to register at other times?
OVRO Address and Opening Times
If you do not wish to take part in the interim process or if you arrive at a different point in the year, then you will need to go the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO), within 7 days of arriving in the UK.
At busy times of the year, such as September and October please check OVRO’s website before attending as they may have an admission slip process or other special arrangements in place.
If attending for the first time, you will need to take the following documents with you:
- Completed Registration Proforma - must be completed online then printed out and signed. Hand written forms will not be accepted. (Please see below for instructions on how to help with completing the proforma)
- Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if applicable.
- 1 x passport sized photograph – must be in colour, 45mm x 35mm and pasted (glued) to the proforma. DO NOT STAPLE THE PHOTO TO THE FORM
- Your passport
- A method of paying the £34 fee. Cash or most credit/debit cards.
If you have a valid Police Registration Certificate (one that is in good condition and you have not been outside the UK for more than 12 months), please bring this along, to avoid paying the £34 fee.
Keeping your certificate up-to-date – If your circumstances change
Address: 323 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JL
How to get there:
- From London Bridge Station: 15 minute walk in the direction of Elephant & Castle.
- From Borough Underground Station: On exiting the station - turn right. OVRO is a 5 minute walk in the direction of Elephant & Castle on the opposite side of the road.
Opening times: 09.00 - 4.00pm
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Closed on Thursdays and Bank Holidays)
FAQ’s regarding the Proforma
You must report any of the following changes to the OVRO* within seven working days or you risk a fine of up to £5,000 and it may affect any future visa applications:
- Change of address*
- Change of university
- Change of marital status
- New entry visa granting an extension of stay
- Extension of stay granted in the UK
- You are issued with a new passport
- You have a child born in the UK.
*Any change of residential address MUST be reported to your local police station and not the OVRO within 7 days of the change.
You do not need to pay each time to update your certificate, though if you lose, damage or if your certificate is stolen, you will need to pay for a replacement. You will also need to pay again if you have been absent from the UK for over 12 months.
This may be because of the browser or computer that you are using. Macs have problems recognising the proforma. Please make sure that you use windows or change your browser if you are experiencing problems.
- What does Current Nationality by mean?
This refers to how you obtained your nationality. Was it because of where you were born? Your parent’s nationality? Or both? (Definition of Naturalisation: is the legal act or process by which a non-citizen in a country may acquire citizenship or nationality of that country.)
This refers to the information that is stamped in your passport upon arrival. This stamp can be found in your passport or on your Vignette. It will state the port that you arrived at. For example London Gatwick and the date. This is the information that you need to put on the proforma.
- Full name and Address of University
King's College London, James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road London, SE1 8WA
- I have made a mistake on the proforma, what can I do?
You will need to do a complete a new proforma. The information has to be accurate.
- Do I sign the proforma in ink?
Yes, you can sign the proforma in ink. However, please make sure that you do not sign outside of the box. If you do, you will need to complete a new form.
- I can’t complete the proforma online, can I just complete the form in ink?
No. All forms must be completed online. The OVRO can’t accept handwritten proformas
- I am a national that is not required to register with the police, yet I have the requirement to register ?
We may be able to get this corrected for you. Please come to one of our International Student drop-ins to speak with an International Student Advisor. Remember to bring your documents with you.
- I am from a national that is required to register with the police and I am here for longer than 6 months, yet I do not have a requirement to register with the police?
It is important that you register with the OVRO if you meet the requirements. However the OVRO will not register you, if you do not have the endorsement. Please come to one of our International Student drop-ins to speak with an International Student Advisor and remember to bring your documents with you.
- I am a national that is required to register with the police and I am here for less than 6 months, yet I have the requirement to register ?
We may be able to get this corrected for you. Please come to one of our International Student drop-ins to speak with an International Student Advisor and remember to bring your documents with you.
- My documents are at the Home Office because I am extending my visa. Can I still take part in the interim process?
If you receive your documents back before the interim process has finished and there are still places left on eventbrite, then you will be able to take part in the interim process.
If your documents are returned to you after the 7th of October, you will not be able to take part in the interim process. You will need to register with the OVRO within 7 days of receiving your new documents. Please visit the OVRO website, to see what documents you will need to bring.
The registration fee is currently £34.00, which may be paid by cash, or most debit /credit cards. They do not accept Euros, American Express, Diners Club or personal cheques.
- I have a dependant. Can they also do the interim process?
If you have dependants, they can also partake in the interim process. They will need to submit the same documents as you. Please bring both your documents and your dependants documents to your appointment at King’s at the same time. You will receive separate appointments to attend the OVRO.
- What if I can’t attend the dates for the interim process?
If you are not able to attend the OVRO on the advertised dates for the interim process, then you will need attend the OVRO within 7 days of arriving in the UK.