Some international students are required to register with the police as a condition of their visa. This depends on your nationality.

Changes to Police Registration as a result of Covid-19 

*updated 6th April 2021* 

During the Covid 19 pandemic Police Registration was suspended for several months.  The Overseas Visitors Registration Office (OVRO) in London has reopened, following a temporary suspension of services due to Covid-19.
The Nationality Department in Kent remains closed until further notice.

If you live in London
Police registration services in London have re-opened and if you could not register with the Police during the suspension period, you must now do so as soon as possible. The Overseas Visitors Records Office have a new system for booking appointments. If you have pre-booked your appointment and it is between  29.03.21 -  30.04.21 then you should attend the appointment as normal.  If your pre-booked appointment is between 04.05.21 - 16.08.21 then you  should regard your appointment as cancelled and you should book a new appointment as soon as possible under the new booking system.


If you live in Kent
If you live in Kent, you must make contact with the Nationality Department in Longport. You must create an online account and register on their portal within 7 days of your arrival in the UK.

After you have registered online, you should email nationality.dept@kent.police.uk with your account name. They will respond with further instructions.

If you have any questions about police registration, please contact the International Student Advice Service.

How to find out if police registration applies to you

If you are required to register with the police, the requirement should be clearly stated on your UKVI decision letter or your visa. You can also check the information published by UKVI.

Police registration is very important and you may be fined and it could affect your immigration status if you do not complete it in time. If you need further advice, please contact the International Student Advice Service.

You must complete or update your police registration within 7 days of:

  • Arriving in the UK
  • Receiving a new UK visa

When you register with the police, you will be given a Police Registration Certificate (PRC). Your PRC should always be updated if you change your passport, address, nationality, name, or marital status.

Each local police force has its own process for police registration, so make sure you know which police force you need to contact to arrange your registration.

If you live in London

If you live in London, you must register with the Metropolitan Police via the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO). You will need to attend an appointment at OVRO, near London Bridge.

Book an Appointment Online

You can book an appointment online and select a convenient date and time. Don't worry if your appointment is more than 7 days away - as long as you book online within 7 days of arriving in the UK or getting a new visa, it's OK.

Once you have booked an appointment you will receive a booking confirmation email from OVRO. Please check your junk and spam folders if you do not receive an email.

You must attend your appointment on time. If you are late, you may be required to rebook.

Documents to take with you to your appointment:

  • A completed proforma (online form)
  • Your passport
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or your BRP collection letter if you haven't got your BRP
  • 1 UK passport-sized photograph (45mm x 35mm), attached to the proforma
  • £34 registration fee, payable by card, or mobile payment applications (such as Apple Pay)
  • If you applied for your visa in the UK, a copy of the UKVI letter/email showing the requirement for police registration
  • Any previous police registration certificates (if you have previously registered with the police)

If you do not have all of the required documentation with you, your appointment will not proceed and you may have to rebook.

Filling in the proforma

  • Please download the proforma from the Met Police website
  • Complete the proforma online, answering the questions accurately and carefully
  • Print the proforma and attach your passport photograph with glue
  • Make sure your signature is fully within the box

Change of circumstances

  • You must inform the OVRO office within 8 days if you change your name, nationality, marital status.
  • If you receive a new passport or visa, you must re-register within 7 days
  • If you are reporting a change of address within London you must visit your local police station to update your Police Registration Certificate. Please do not use the online appointment booking system

If your PRC is lost or stolen, you must obtain a new Police Registration Certificate by booking online and completing a new proforma.

If you live in Kent (Medway Campus)

If you live in Kent, you must register with the Kent Police Nationality Department. You will need to attend your appointment at Longport Police Station in Folkstone.

Online Registration

  • You can register via the portal on the Kent Police website.
  • Create an account and complete online registration within 7 days of arriving in the UK or getting a new visa.
  • When you have completed the online registration process, you will usually need book an appointment to visit the police station. However as services are suspended you will need to email the police with your account name at nationality.dept@kent.police.uk.
  • Once you have emailed them, Kent police will respond to you and may ask you to provide relevant document via email.

Documents to take with you to your appointment:

  • A copy of your Confirmation of Study (i.e. CAS)
  • Your passport
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or your BRP collection letter if you haven't got your BRP yet
  • £34 registration fee, payable by card or cash
  • If you applied for your visa in the UK, a copy of the UKVI letter/email stating the requirement for Police Registration
  • Confirmation of UK address (i.e. copy of university letter or tenancy agreement or utility bill etc.)

Change of circumstances

  • For all changes of circumstances, you must log in to the online registration and appointment portal.
  • You must inform the police if you change your name, nationality or marital status
  • If you receive a new passport or visa, you must re-register
  • If your police registration certificate is lost or stolen, you must request a new one by booking an appointment online

Police registration if you live in a different area

If you live in an area outside of Kent or London, you must check the requirements of your local police force. You can do this online or at a local police station.

Contact the International Student Advice Service if you have any doubts about what you need to do.