Do I need to register?
Certain foreign nationals who will be in the UK for more than 6 months are required to register with the police. If you are required to register it should clearly state this on your visa. The wording will be something like "Register with the police within 7 days." If you do not register when you are supposed to, or fail to keep your certificate up to date (see below) you may be fined £5000 or face a jail sentence.
When do I register?
You need to register within 7 days of arriving in the UK. Usually you do this by going to the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO), though there may be special arrangements in place if you're arriving in September/October. 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.
Special arrangements: students arriving from Monday the 12th in September:
Students arriving from September have the option to take part in the successful Interim Process, which will make registration easier and will not require you to register within the usual 7 day deadline.
If you chose to partake in this process, you will pre-register through King's, where we will collect the required documentation from you. You will then be given an appointment to attend the OVRO to complete the registration process. Specific details about how to take part in the Interim Process will be released at the beginning of September.
If you do not wish to take part in the Interim Process you will need to attend the OVRO within 7 days of your arrival in the UK. Further details can be found on the OVRO website:
Where do I need to register at other times?
You need to go to the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO), 323 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JL (opposite Borough underground station is served by the Northern Line) to obtain your certificate. OVRO is open from 9am-4pm from Monday-Friday.
At busy times of 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. Once you have your certificate you will need to return to OVRO each time you obtain a new passport or visa. If you change your address you must report this within 7 days of the change to your local Police Station and not at the OVRO. You do not need to pay each time, 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.
What do I need to take with me?
- Original passport
- 1 x passport sized photograph (Must be in colour, 45mm x 35mm and pasted to the proforma)
- Completed OCR Registration Proforma (Hand written proformas will not be accepted from 27/07/2015)
- £34.00 Registration Fee.
- Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) - if applicable
- Any Home Office letters you may have been issued in the UK or overseas (if applicable)