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 E-mail confirmation from the Home Office that your visa application was successful
If it says “Register/Report to Police”, “Pol. Registration” or similar, you must register with the police.
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 are a national from 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.
When do I register?
Generally, you need to register within 7 days of arriving in the UK. For new international students, if you live in the Greater London area, you should register at the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO). Please understand during peak times, this 7 day requirement might not be met as the OVRO are very busy. They may give you appointments for later dates following your first visit to their office. As long as you have been engaged in this process (i.e. attempted to register within the time period), the 7 day requirement is deemed to be fulfilled. Please visit the OVRO official website for more detailshttps://www.met.police.uk/advice-and-information/registering-as-an-overseas-visitor/advice-for-first-time-visitors-to-ovro/
What should you bring with you when you attend Registration at the OVRO?
You will need to provide evidence that you are required to register with the Police. This would either be:
- You entry visa vignette in your passport (if you applied outside the UK) OR
- Your Home Office decision email letter (if you applied within the UK)
They will not be able to register you without bringing these. You also need to bring:
- Pro-forma (completed on a computer then printed out and signed manually)
- One UK passport-sized photo (45mm x 35mm), glued to the Pro Forma
- Your passport containing your visa vignette
- Your Biometric Residence Permit
- £34 registration fee, payable by card or sterling cash
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.
King’s Interim Police Registration Process:
This process has now closed. For those who have not yet registered with the interim process, you will need to register with the Overseas Records Visitor Office (OVRO) individually. Please read the section above on 'Police Registration' and follow the instructions.
Between 9.30am to 5.00pm from Monday 10th September to Friday 21st September (excluding weekends) at room 2.05 Bush House (South Wing).
The Interim Police Registration Process is aimed to help King’s students register with the OVRO in the most efficient way. Students participating in this process only need to submit all required documents to King’s staff and we will then deliver their documents to the OVRO. You will need to pay and collect your completed Police Registration Certificate's from the OVRO at a later date as instructed to you during the process.
Please note once students register through our interim process, they are deemed to satisfy the 7 day registration requirements.
Students need to bring the below documents if they want to register through King’s Interim Process:
- One UK passport-sized photo (45mm x 35mm), glued to the Pro Forma;
- Copy of your passport containing your visa vignette (the entry stamp from the border needs to be included as well) for students who have applied for their visa from outside the UK;
- Copy of your Biometric Residence Permit card (both sides) and the Home Office visa grant letter for students who have extended the visa from inside the UK;
- The original Police Registration Certificate if you have already registered with the police in the UK.
OVRO Address and Opening Times
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.
- Buses from London Bridge: 133, 35, 40 & 343 from Tooley Street
- 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)
Keeping your certificate up-to-date – If your circumstances change
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.
FAQs regarding the Proforma
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- 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 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 to an International Student Adviser. Remember to bring your documents with you.
- I am 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 to an International Student Adviser 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 Adviser 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, then you will be able to take part in the interim process.
If your documents are returned to you after the 26th September, 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.