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 your visa reads ‘Must 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, you do not have to register. The only exception to this is if you have had to send your passport to the Home Office.
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. You will be able to collect your Police Certificate about 2 weeks later.
Special arrangements during Freshers' Week 2015
If you arrive during Freshers' Week the police will conduct police registration on the Streatham Campus on the following days:
- Friday 18 September, Forum, 09.00-17.00.
- Friday 25 September, Forum Street, 10.00-15.00
If you cannot attend either of these sessions you should go directly to the Exeter Police Station to register.
The Police will return to the Forum on Tuesday 27 October to hand back your Registration Certificate. If you miss this time slot please go directly to the Police Station on Heavitree Road to collect your Registration Certificate.
On Penryn Campus, police registration available on the following days:
- Monday 14 September, The Compass, 10:00-15:00
- Friday 18 September, The Compass, 10:00-15:00
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. You will not be required to pay another fee, and the police will not keep your passport.