Registering with the police

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Do I need to register with the Police?

Some nationalities must register with the police when they arrive in the UK with a visa for more than six months, and/or if they extend their visa for more than six months. 

Police Registration in London is administered by the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) near Elephant and Castle/Borough tube stations.

After you register, you must keep your registration certificate updated if you get a new visa or if you change address.

You only have to register if your  Biometric Residence Permit or decision letter says you must. You can check the list of nationalities who need to register at:

Home Office

It is a condition of your Tier 4 visa to register with the Police if your country is listed in the immigration rules and your visa is endorsed with the requirement.

IMPORTANT: We have seen an increase in temporary Tier 4 vignettes stating that a person needs to register with the Police when it is not required for their nationality. As yet we are unsure if this will also show on the BRP.  The condition for Police Registration can be found on the back of the BRP.  Please check your BRP and contact ISIS for advice if required.

When to register

  • If you have been away from the UK for more than 12 months you need to re-register
  • Within 7 days of your arrival in the UK
  • If you have a new visa you must go to OVRO and get your certificate updated within 7 days of receiving your new visa
  • If you change address you must update your certificate within 7 days
  • If you move into the Metropolitan Police area from another Police force

How to register

Special Arrangments for the 2015 Peak Period

There will be two options for LSE students to register with the Metropolitan Police during the peak period.  

Option One - Attend OVRO in Person

You can choose to attend OVRO in person.  The office is likely to be very busy, so you may be unable to get an appointment on the day you attend the registration centre.

For full details on registering go to:

Metropolitan Police - Overseas Visitors Records Office    

The staff at OVRO are extremely helpful and work closely with the LSE.  you should remember that they are representatives of the UK Police.  Please be patient when you are completing the registration process.

What documents do I take to register in person?

  • Your passport
  • Registration fee of £34 - it is easier to pay in cash using the correct amount
  • Your completed proforma - this must be typed and no corrections must be made to it by hand or correction fluid
  • One UK standard sized passport photo - this must be glued to your proforma within the photo section.  Do not staple your photograph because it will be placed into a scanning machine.
  • Copy of the ID page of your passport
  • Copy of your Tier 4 visa
  • Biometric Residence Permit if you have one

Completing the proforma

From the 27 July 2015, you must complete the new OCR Proforma. The OCR proforma must be typed and you must glue your photograph to the form because it will be placed in a scanning machine.

You must ensure that the details are correct because OVRO will not be able to accept any proformas with the following errors:

  • forms that have been completed by hand
  • corrections made with correction fluid 
  • hand-written corrections
  • photographs which are stapled to the form.

It is your responsibility to make sure you have completed the form correctly. Please read the guidance notes on completing the form carefully.

OVRO Registration Proforma - PDF (Adobe Reader 11 required)

Guidance on completing the proforma - PDF

I have a temporary vignette and decision letter - what happens next?

OVRO have confirmed that if you have a temporary vignette and the decision letter confirming your grant of leave, you will be able to register with these documents.

I have registered with another Police Force - do I need a new certificate?

No - you can submit your current Police Registration Certificate to be updated by OVRO.

Option Two: Use the bespoke service through ISIS (dates to be confirmed)

ISIS are able to accept your completed OCR form and copies of your supporting documents to submit to OVRO up to the 26 October 2015 at the latest.

At the point that you submit your OCR form and supporting documents to ISIS, you will be given a letter confirming the date and time that you can collect your Police Registration Certificate from OVRO.  Due to the volume of students required to register in London and from the LSE the earliest this is likely to be is the first week of December. OVRO have yet to finalise dates and times for the LSE.

IMPORTANT: Once you have registered for the bespoke arrangements you are only able to change options in emergency situations.  Personal travel arranged after submitting your documents will not be seen as an emergency so you must think carefully when choosing which option to take.

Completing the proforma

From the 27 July 2015, you must complete the new OCR Proforma. The OCR proforma must be typed and you must glue your photograph to the form because it will be placed in a scanning machine.

You must ensure that the details are correct because OVRO will not be able to accept any proformas with the following errors:

  • forms that have been completed by hand
  • corrections made with correction fluid 
  • hand-written corrections
  • photographs which are stapled to the form.

It is your responsibility to make sure you have completed the form correctly. Please read the guidance notes on completing the form carefully.

OVRO Registration Proforma - PDF (Adobe Reader 11 required)

Guidance on completing the proforma - PDF

I have a temporary vignette and decision letter - what happens next?

OVRO have confirmed that if you have a temporary vignette and the decision letter confirming your grant of leave, you will be able to register with these documents.

I have registered with another Police Force - do I need a new certificate?

No - you can submit your current Police Registration Certificate to be updated by OVRO.

Can I travel before completing Police Registration?

Police Registration is a condition of your Tier 4 visa.  If you fail to register with the Police you may not be permitted entry to the UK. We advise against travelling before

What happens if I change address after I register?

If you change your address, you must inform the Police within seven days.  You can do this at any local Police station.  You can find your nearest Police station on the Metropolitan Police website.

If you live in LSE halls and you change rooms, you don't need to get this updated.

What happens if I do not register with the police?

It is a criminal offence not to register with the police if it is a requirement of your student visa.  You could be arrested, prosecuted and fined up to £5,000 or even imprisoned.  It could also lead to you being refused a visa in the future. 

When you register at LSE, you agree to abide by the conditions of your student visa and this includes police registration.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you register in time and to keep your record up to date.  This is very important if you need to extend your Tier 4 visa.

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