Registering with the Police
The requirement for certain international students to register with the police has now ceased and you are no longer required to register with the police. This change applies to new students arriving in the UK for the first time and those who have already registered with the police.
If you have been issued with a visa with the requirement to register but have not yet travelled, your visa will be reissued where possible or you will be notified of the changes in advance of travel. If you have already travelled with the requirement in place on your visa you do not need to attend a police registration office and if you do you will be advised of the changes.
You are no longer require to communicate any updated personal details to the police and your visa will not be amended. If you apply for further permission the requirement to register will not be part of your new visa conditions.
Frequently asked questions
Will my condition of leave on my visa/BRP/digital status requiring me to register be amended?
No it will not be amended. The requirement will not be placed on any future grant of visa.
Should I retain my Police Registration Certificate?
It is not necessary to retain your certificate. You will not be required to produce the certificate to a police officer or an immigration officer. When applying for permission to stay in the UK you will no longer be required to show evidence of your registration with the certificate.
I have already paid my fee to register. Will I get my money back?
No. The fee you paid to the police is to cover the cost of administering and processing your application to register when the requirement to register was still applicable.
I have an appointment to register, and I have not yet paid the fee. Do I still need to attend and pay to complete the registration?
No. The Police Registration Scheme has been suspended. You are no longer required to comply with the terms of the scheme or report any changes of circumstance to the police. However, any change of address/personal details should be reported separately to the Home Office.
I have already registered. Am I still required to notify the police of any changes?
No. The Police Registration Scheme has ceased. You are no longer required to comply with the terms of the scheme or report any changes of circumstance to the police. However, any change of address/personal details should be reported separately to the Home Office.
I failed to register within seven days of arrival which was prior to the suspension. Will I still need to register?
No. The suspension means that any foreign national who did not register as requested will no longer be expected to do so.