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, though there may be special arrangements in place if you're arriving in September. 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 introduced in September
During the Registration period, the Overseas Visitors Records Office is extremely busy, so they have introduced three different registration options.
Option 1: Book a scheduled appointment session (Saturday 12th October 2013 at 09.00 & 10.00 (Total 100) Saturday 19th October 2013 at 13.00 & 14.00 (Total 100)).
Option 2: Pre-register through King’s and visit OVRO by 13th December 2013.
Option 3: Visit OVRO in the next 7 days
If your visa states that you need to register with the police, you will receive an email from the College, setting out the instructions for each option.
Where do I need to register?
You need to go to the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO), Brandon House, Ground Floor, 180 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LH (opposite Borough underground station, on 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, you should arrive early as you may need to queue. 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 so you certificate can be updated, but can go to any local police station to do this. You do not need to pay each time, though if you lose your certificate you will need to pay for a replacement.
What do I need to take with me?
You need to pay a fee of £34 (payable in cash or by cheque, credit or debit card), your passport with your visa (or BRP, if applicable), proof of address, two passport photographs (already cut out), a copy of your visa and photo page of your passport, and, if you have enrolled, a confirmation of studies letter from King's as they may ask to see this.