Please read below for information on registering with the Police. 

Police Registration - Scotland - COVID-19

From 26 April 2021 some Police Scotland Overseas Visitor Registration Offices (OVRO) will be open for initial registrations and changes of circumstances.  The reopening may be affected by local COVID-19 restrictions and therefore you should take note of the advice for your local area.

Currently,  Appointments for OVRO Glasgow have been cancelled until further notice. Police Scotland take the health of their customers very seriously and this must come first. Students should keep their appointment notice or email from OVRO which shows that you did have an appointment if this applies to you.

Those required to register or update their certificates as part of their visa conditions should not worry about the seven day registration period, this decision has been taken in conjunction with the Home Office and deemed as a reasonable excuse for failing to register within the seven days stated in the legislation. Police Scotland will be monitoring Covid-19 virus on a regular basis and when it is considered prudent to do so they will re-open their OVRO in Glasgow.

The inability to register with police because of COVID-19 restrictions has been deemed a reasonable excuse. Where possible, students should have obtained evidence of their request for an appointment during the service closure. 

OVRO opening hours, closures and local holiday arrangements vary for each area. Where no specific instruction is noted regards opening times or appointments please contact your local police station for advice. 

Contact can be made with police stations by calling 101. Police station opening times can be found here.

Police Registration - England - COVID-19

Please note that some Police Registration services in England are affected by COVID-19. Please check with your local police station directly.  

Metropolitan Police are now offering a secure online registration portal in order to begin your registration process and book an appointment. More information is available on the Metropolitan Police website.

Contact your local police station if you live in the City of London.

Anywhere else in London

Register at the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) if you live in an area of London covered by the Metropolitan Police.

Download the registration pro forma - follow the instructions to fill it in and take it with you.

Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO)
323 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1JL. 

 

 

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 may carry a fine or you may have your permission to stay shortened and you will have to leave the UK if you need to register with the Police but you do not. You can also be stopped from getting on extending a UK visa in future. (Please note that the inability to register with police because of COVID-19 restrictions has been deemed a reasonable excuse by the Home Office and will not adversely affect the immigration status of foreign nationals in the UK.)

You can read the full guidance from the Home Office about Police Registration online. 

Who usually needs to register

Check if you need to register with the police.You’ll usually need to register if all of the following apply:

  • you’re 16 or older
  • your visa (or permission to stay in the UK) is for longer than 6 months
  • your nationality means you must register
  • you’re not exempt

Nationalities that usually need to register

You’ll usually need to register if you’re a citizen of:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen

You don’t need to register if you have dual nationality with one of these countries and a country that’s not on the list.

You may also need to register if:

  • you’re stateless
  • you hold a non-national travel document

When you’re exempt

You don’t need to register with the police if you have permission to live permanently in the UK, or are a family member of an EEA citizen.You also don’t need to register if you’ve got permission to stay in the UK as:

If you don’t have to register, your dependants probably won’t - check if you’re unsure.If you have any queries, please contact us: visa@gcu.ac.uk or for GCU London: visa@gculondon.ac.uk.  

Where will my requirement to register with the Police be stated?
  • 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 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.

The registration process depends on where you live and your nearest Police Registration Office. 

Students living in Scotland should check the process which is available in full on the Police Scotland website.

Students living in London/Greater London should check the process which is available in full on the Metropolitan website.

You should also review the Government information available online for more details about the process. 

If you need to register with the Police and are having issues doing so, please contact the VISA Team as soon as possible for assistance.

Reporting changes to the Police and updating your certificate

If any of the following information changes, you must report the change within 7 working days in order to have your Police Registration Certificate updated: 

  • 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.

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. Please note that the services in Glasgow are currently closed but you should arrange an appointment as soon as they reopen. 

Updating your Police Registration Certificate

 

You need to tell the police about any of the following changes:

 

  • new address (if you will be living there for more than two months)
  • extensions to your visa
  • new passport
  • new study information or change of course provider
  • marital status
  • exemption from police registration
  • nationality
  • any new landing condition (given when you enter the UK)

 If any of these details changed, please email SCDOVROGlasgow@scotland.pnn.police.uk (Please include your mobile number in your email message) to request an appointment, but please note the services in Glasgow are currently closed. You should ensure you update your Police Registration Certificate once the service resumes. 

 

Information for students who have obtained a new visa in 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.

How do I register?

Most registration services are currently suspended due to COVID but you should still email to request an appointment if you need to register with the police or update your details.

You should check the information on the website for your nearest Overseas Visitors Records Office. 

London students - https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/ov/registering-overseas-visitor/af2/how-to-register/

Glasgow students - https://www.scotland.police.uk/contact-us/overseas-visitor-registration-registering-with-the-police/

If you cannot register or update your certificate due to the OVRO being closed

Please read below to find out what action you need to take depending on your current situation:

If you have not yet arrived in UK:

You are not required to take any action at this time. Upon your arrival in UK, please request an appointment to register with the Police as soon as possible by sending an email to SCDOVROglasgow@scotland.pnn.police.uk. Please check the VISA website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on the Police Registration service including current information on the service closure.

If you are in UK (Glasgow area) and have not yet requested an appointment to register with the Police/update your Certificate:

Please send an email to SCDOVROglasgow@scotland.pnn.police.uk as soon as possible to request an appointment, and keep a record of the email you have sent. Ensure you include your full name and mobile phone number in all email correspondence.

If you are in UK (Glasgow area) and have already requested an appointment to register with the Police/update your Certificate: 

If you have already secured an appointment on or after 23rd November 2020, the appointment will be cancelled due to the temporary closure of the service. Please keep your appointment notice or email from the Overseas Registration Office within the Police which shows that you did have an appointment.  If you have requested an appointment but have not yet received confirmation of the appointment, keep a record of the email you have sent requesting an appointment.