Please read below for information on registering with the Police. 

NEWS UPDATE: Police Registration Services in the Glasgow area are being cancelled until further notice from 23rd November 2020.  The Police will be monitoring the COVID-19 virus on a regular basis and when it is considered prudent to do so they will re-open and inform GCU as well as publish information on their website.

For students in Glasgow

Please note that due to Coronavirus, all Police Registration Services in the Glasgow area are being cancelled until further notice from 23rd November 2020.  The Police will be monitoring the COVID-19 virus on a regular basis and when it is considered prudent to do so they will re-open and inform GCU as well as publish information on their website.

Those required to register with the Police or update their certificates as part of their visa conditions should not worry about the seven day registration period, this decision has been taken by the Overseas Registration Office within the Police, in conjunction with the Home Office, and deemed as a reasonable excuse for failing to register within the seven days stated in the legislation. 

Do not attend a Police Station in person to request an appointment, and do not email other Police Stations in Scotland if your nearest station is Glasgow.  

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

If you wish to book an appointment, you can email SCDOVROGlasgow@scotland.pnn.police.uk (Please include your mobile number in your email message)

 

For students in London

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

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

 

Update from Police Scotland 17/03/2020:

 

As of this morning, 17/03/2020 all Appointments for OVRO Glasgow have been cancelled until further notice.  We take the health of our customer very seriously and this must come first. Students should not worry about the seven day period of registration being met at thai time. Students should keep their appointment notice or email from us which shows that they did have an appointment.  We Will be monitoring the Covid-19 virus on a regular basis and when it is considered prudent to do so we will re-open and inform yourselves and publish information on the website. Measures will be taken to provide extra appointments.

 

Please email VISA@gcu.ac.uk if you have any queries.

 

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

Keeping 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.

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.