Your visa conditions may require you to register with the police when you arrive in the UK. 

Do I need to register?

If you are a national from the countries listed, you are required to register in person with the police within 7 days of arrival in the UK. It will clearly state “The holder is also required to register at once with the police” or "Register with police within seven days" on your entry clearance vignette/conditions letter/email whether you are required to do this.

Police registration is only necessary if you are a national of one of the countries listed and it is printed on your visa or letter. It is essential that you comply with this condition, as if you do not, then you are in breach of the UK's immigration laws. It is a criminal offence which make carry a fine if you may have your permission to stay shortened and you will have to leave the UK. You can also be stopped from getting on extending a UK visa in future.

If you have any queries, please contact us: visa@gcu.ac.uk or for GCU London: visa@gculondon.ac.uk

If a person is subject to the police registration condition, this will normally be confirmed as follows:
  • For those travelling to the UK, the police registration condition will appear on their entry clearance vignette (visa) or conditions letter accompanying the vignette
  • For those applying from within the UK, the condition will either appear as a remark on their biometric residence permit (BRP), or, since 24 April 2016, it may be confirmed solely in the Home Office decision letter.

There may also be situations where the Home Office finds that a person has mistakenly not been made the subject of a requirement to register with the police. Where this has happened the Home Office will write to the person to notify them that they are required to register. In addition, this condition may be imposed by a Border Force Officer if the omission is picked up on the individual’s arrival in the UK.
Students must check their entry clearance vignette, BRP or Home Office decision letter to confirm whether they need to register with the police. If a student has not been notified of the registration requirement in these documents, they do not need to register with the police.

How to register

For students in Glasgow

You will register with Police Scotland at 2 French Street, Dalmarnock, Glasgow.

If you wish to book an appointment, you can:

  • book an appointment in person at the Police Scotland, Overseas Visitor Registration Office (OVRO) in Glasgow at: 2 French Street, Dalmarnock, Glasgow G40 4EH
  • or by telephone 01786 895560 
  • email SCDOVROGlasgow@scotland.pnn.police.uk (Please include your mobile number in your email message)

You can book an appointment if you are in your home country or if you have already arrived in Glasgow. Please allow a minimum of 7 working days before re-contacting the office to request an appointment.

For students in London

You will register at the Overseas Visitors Records Office:323 Bough High Street, London, SE1 1JL, T: 02072301208

Need to update

If you have already registered with the police and you have a Police Registration Certificate, you can attend the Glasgow Overseas Visitor Registration Office (OVRO) any time, during opening times, or at any police station open to the public in the Glasgow area to update the information contained on your Police Registration Certificate – no appointment is necessary and it’s free of charge.

Keep the information contained on your certificate up to date

If any of the following information changes, you must update the OVRO within 7 working days:

  • Address
  • Place and course of study
  • New visa
  • New passport
  • Full time employment
  • Marital Status (including marriages, divorces or civil partnerships

In order to update your police registration certificate you must provide evidence of the requirement to register with the police. The Home Office have started to send the approval of leave notification which shows the requirement to register, when contracting Further Leave to Remain in the UK, by email rather than by post. You are recommended to print out a copy of this email and take it with you to any police station when updating your certificate.

Glasgow OVRO hours

Opening Times are:

MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY       

09:00 - 12:30: appointments only

13:30 - 15:30: updating certificates for general enquiries

OVRO is now closed to the public on Fridays.

London OVRO hours

Opening times are:

MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY

09:00 - 16:00

OVRO is now closed to the public on Thursdays.

Need a New Police Registration Certificate?

If you do not have a Police Registration Certificate, or you have lost it, you must arrange an appointment to get one.

Got a new Visa in the UK?

Foreign nationals who were not required to register on their first UK Entry Clearance visa, may need to register, on receipt of their visa extension (UK Residence Permit Card). In order to register for the first time for your police registration certificate you must provide evidence of the requirement to register with the police. The Home Office have started to send the approval of leave notification which shows the requirement to register, when contracting Further Leave to Remain in the UK, by email rather than by post.
You are recommended to print out a copy of this email and take it with you to your initial registration appointment.Foreign nationals should book an appointment for police registration with the Overseas Visitor Registration Office (OVRO).

The information also applies to dependants who are required to register with the Police.

Further information on UKVI: www.gov.uk/register-with-the-police

You can How do I register with the police? postcard with advice about your Police Registration Certificate.