Police Registration

If you are studying for more than 6 months and from one of the countries listed below, you are required to register with the police within 7 days of arrival in the UK as a condition of your visa. 

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

The police registration condition will be noted on your 30 day entry clearance vignette (visa sticker) or your Home Office decision letter. 

If your visa does not mention police registration, check your decision letter to see if it is noted there. Chances are if it is not mentioned on either you do not have to register, but if you are a national of one of the above countries and think that there is a mistake, please contact us and we can advise you further. 

Arriving during Freshers' Week

There are special arrangements during Freshers' Week where the police will come on to campus (Streatham and Penryn) to register students. Details of when this will take place are included in the International Welcome Programme for Exeter or Cornwall.

Exeter students

If you arrive during Freshers' Week the police will conduct police registration in the Forum Seminar Room 4 on Friday 21 September between 09:00 and 17:00 for registration. Click here to book an appointment to save queuing time. Certificates will then be returned in the Forum Street on Wednesday 8 November.

If you arrive outside of Freshers' Week you should go directly to the Exeter Police Station to register and to collect your registration certificate.

Cornwall students

If you arrive outside of Freshers' Week you should go directly to Truro Police Public Inquiry Office, based at Pydar House. The office is open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, but is closed between 1pm and 2pm for lunch.

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 the PIP desk in Penryn)
  • Your passport and visa, plus photocopies
  • 1 passport size photo
  • £34 pounds in cash

Your Police Registration Certificate will be ready about 2-3 weeks later, please make sure you collect it promptly.

You must update the police if you move house, extend your visa or change name. The police will normally update your certificate within the hour at no extra cost. 

Make sure that you’ve looked in all the usual places before notifying the police. If the certificate is lost then you can report this on www.reportmyloss.com. For stolen certificates, visit your local police station and let them know what has happened. You will then need to submit a new registration form and pay the £34 fee again.

You must update the police and your police registration certificate if you:

  • move house

  • extend your visa

  • change your name

The police will normally update your certificate at the police station within the hour at no extra cost.