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Suspension of Police Registration Services (OVRO) London – March 2020

Due to the current Covid-19 Coronavirus, Police Registration Services have been suspended until further notice.  The UKVI is aware of this suspension as it has been deemed to be in line with government guidelines as non-essential travel.

We have been provided with the following guidance about Police Registration: 

  • The OVRO has confirmed that there will be no penalty action for failing to attend a pre-booked online appointment or being unable to book an appointment due to disruptions caused by Covid-19. 
  • Students who are returning to their home countries prior to registering with the OVRO should not face any difficulties at UK ports upon re-entry for non-registration due to the suspension of our services.
  • If you have booked an appointment to register,  please DO NOT attend your appointment. You will receive an email to confirm that you do not need to attend your appointment. Please check your e-mails and SPAM/JUNK mail folders regularly. You will not be regarded as being late to register due to this suspension of service. Please do not attempt to re-book or amend your appointment. 

We will update this page once we have further information. 

Who needs to register

Your entry vignette, biometric permit or email from the Home Office will indicate if you need to register with the police.

If it says “Register/Report to Police”, “Pol. Registration” or similar, you must register with the police.

The Overseas Visitors Office (OVRO) further explains which nationals need to register, how to register and what you need to bring.

To satisfy the 7 day legal requirement to register with the police, an appointment must be booked within 7 days of arrival in the UK or within 7 days of a change in circumstance. This will ensure the requirement to register with the police has been satisfied, even if the first available appointment offered is beyond 7 days. 

Police Registration guide

Guidance on completing the Pro Forma Form 

Keeping your certificate up to date 









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