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If you are coming to the UK for more than six months, you may be required to register with the police. Failure to register with the police may result in a fine of up to £5000 and/or imprisonment for six months.

The requirement to register is based on your nationality and should be printed on one of the following documents:

  • your entry clearance visa

  • your biometric residence permit (BRP)

  • the email confirmation from UKVI that your visa application was successful.

Police registration essentials

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How and when to register

The Overseas Visitor Record Office (OVRO) launched its Online Booking Portal on the 7th April 2021, which allow people to complete the first part of police registration via their Online Booking Portal.

If this is your first registration with the police in the UK, you will need to create an account and book an appointment on the Online Booking Portalwithin seven days of arrival in the UK. You will need to bring the required documents and pay the £34 registration fee at your appointment.

When you register, you will be issued with a police registration certificate (PRC) which proves you have complied with the requirement of your visa. Please keep this in a safe place with your passport and BRP.

If you have previously registered with the police in the UK but weren’t based in London, you are required to create an account via their Online Booking Portal and book an appointment to have your current PRC updated.

For more details about the OVRO including who needs to register, how to register, what to bring with you, opening time and location, please visit the OVRO website.

IMPORTANT NOTE: that the 7 days rule for registering with the police after arriving in the UK refers to the booking of your appointment. It doesn't matter if the actual date of the appointment occurs after the 7 days period.

Keeping your police registration certificate up to date

You must report any of the following changes to the OVRO within seven working days by accessing your online account on the Online Booking Portalor 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.

You do not need to pay each time to update your certificate, although you will need to pay for a replacement if you lose or damage your certificate, or if it is stolen. You will need to pay again if you have been absent from the UK for over 12 months.



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