Students from some non-EEA countries who are studying for more than 6 months are required to register with the police within 7 days of arrival in the UK.
If you need to register with the police this condition will be noted on either your 30 day entry clearance vignette (visa sticker) or your Home Office decision letter which will read ‘You and any of your dependants aged 16 or over must now register with the police within 7 days’ or similar. You will need to make sure that you do this as soon as possible after you arrive in the UK. If your visa does not mention police registration please check your decision letter to see if it is noted there. If it is not mentioned on either you do not have to register.
Please note that the police registration condition will no longer be mentioned on BRP cards so it is important that you retain your Home Office decision letter.
The only exception to this is if you have sent your passport to the Home Office as part of a visa extension application.
Whether you register on campus or at the Police Station you will need to bring the following original documents:
- completed application form (download form no.67 from here)
- confirmation letter showing that you are a registered student (you can get this from the SID Desk in the Forum or Student Services at Penryn Campus)
- Your passport, plus photocopy
- Your visa, plus photocopy
- 1 passport size photograph
- £34 pounds in cash (exact money please) to cover the administration fee
The city police station is: Devon & Cornwall Constabulary Heavitree Road (opposite St Luke’s Campus) Exeter (map)
Their office is open Monday to Friday from 08.30 - 18.00. Your Police Registration Certificate will be ready about
3 weeks later, please make sure you collect it promtly.
Special arrangements during Freshers' Week
If you arrive during Freshers' Week the police will conduct police registration on the Streatham and Penryn Campuses (dates to be posted nearer the time).
If you cannot attend these sessions you should go directly to the Exeter Police Station or the Truro Police Station if you are a Penryn student to register and to collect your registration certificate.
Updating your Registration Certificate
Once you have registered, you should carry your certificate with you at all times and you must ensure that it is up to date. If you move house or extend your visa, you should report these changes to the police and they will update your certificate normally within the hour. The Police registration condition will now be noted on your Home Office decision letter and not your BRP so you will need to keep this letter safe and take it to the police station with you. You will not be required to pay another fee, and the police will not keep your passport.