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UK visas

Do I need a UK visa?

If you are outside the UK you may need a visa before you travel. Please see the Immigration for non EU/EEA nationals guidance for more details (this is located in the Current Staff site).

Do I need to register with the police?

Nationals of certain countries are required to register with the police during their stay in the UK. The entry clearance stamp will state if registration is necessary. If you are required you must do so within 7 days of your arrival in the UK. Nationals from the following countries must register at the nearest police station specified as a registration office:

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

or any holders of stateless documents.

To register you will need to take the following to the appropriate police station:

  • Completed application form 'Report of Initial Registration of Foreign National’
  • Your passport
  • Your biometric card (where applicable)
  • Your contract letter
  • 1 passport size photograph
  • £34 pounds in cash to cover the administration fee

Which police station should I go to?

In Exeter:

Devon & Cornwall Constabulary,
Heavitree Road (opposite the St Luke’s Campus)
Exeter
Their office is open Monday to Friday from 0830 - 1800.

In Falmouth:

Falmouth Police Station
Dracaena Avenue
Falmouth
Carrick
TR11 2ES
Their office is open 7 days per week from 0800 - 1800 (closed 1400 - 1500)

In Truro:

Courtleigh House
74-75 Lemon Street
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 2PN

Their office is open Tuesday-Friday 0900-180 (closed 1400-1500) and Saturday (0900-1400)

For a complete list of police stations in Devon and Cornwall that are part of the Police National Registration Scheme click here.

You will be able to collect your passport and new Police Certificate about 14 days later.

Change of circumstances

As a condition to remain in the United Kingdom you are also required to inform the Police of any change to your circumstances. This includes:

  • ALL changes of address (unless temporary) – This MUST be done within seven days of the move
  • If your leave to remain in the UK is extended
  • If you get married whilst in the UK

How to register changes

  • You must complete the Report of Change in Circumstances (form no. 66). Complete in BLOCK CAPITALS
  • Take form no 66 with your PRC to one of the registered Police Stations

They will amend your form there and then.

For further information about lost Police Registration Certificates (PRC) and what to do when leaving the country please visit the Police National Registration Scheme page on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.

Immigration advice

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