Police Registration

If you are studying for more than 6 months and are 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 on your Home Office decision letter or electronic grant email.  It is important that you arrange to register as soon as possible.  It is an offence not to register and failure to register could have future immigration implications.

If your visa does not mention police registration and you are on the list of nationals who should expect to register, 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.

At any other time you should go directly to the Exeter Police Enquiry Office or Truro Police Enquiry Office if you are a Penryn student to register and to collect your registration certificate.

Whether you register on campus or at the Police Station you will need to bring the following original documents:

  • visa grant letter or email confirming you are required to register with the police
  • 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/BRP card, 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.