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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.

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 with the Police in London in Autumn 2016

There are two ways to register withe the Police in autumn 2016:

  • Take your documents in person to register with the Police (quickest option)
  • Take part in the interim registration process.

It is an either/or choice.  Please do not obtain an appointment to register in person and then submit your documents under the interim process.  Another student could benefit from the appointment you no longer wish to use.

The interim process is not intended to be used to delay registering if you wish to go in person.  You should only submit a request to take part ion the process if you intend to follow the process through.  If not you must go in person to register.

Attend OVRO in person 

Attending in person is quicker than the interim process.  However, the office will  be very busy, so you are unlikely to get an appointment on the day you attend the registration centre. You will be provided with a ticket with a date and time for you to return.  You must attend at this date and time or you will need to obtain another appointment.

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 as you are also representing the School.

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.
  • Biometric Residence Permit if you have one

Completing the proforma

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.

Submit your documents to ISVAT to take part in the interim process

What is the interim process?

Due to the high volume of international students registering with OVRO in the autumn, the Metropolitan Police use an interim process to manage new registrations.  This ibnvolves submitting your documents to ISVAT and going to collect your certificate at a later date (usually November).

The interim process is not automatic, so we do ask for your patience if you choose this option.

Benefits of the Interim Process

  • Once you have submitted your documents to ISVAT, you have started the interim process.  This means that you do not need to go to OVRO within seven days of arrival.
  • ISVAT will take your documents to OVRO and you can go at a set time to collect and pay for your certificate.  You will not need to go to OVRO and queue twice.

When isn't the interim process the right option for you?

  • We will only take the documents when we have large batches - this may only be twice before the end of October
  • If you have urgent travel - the date to collect your certificate may not be until November
  • If you need to submit a new Tier 4 application - you will need your certificate to be able to extend your visa.

If you want a quick resolution the interim process is not the right option for you.

How do I take part in the interm process?

The process is as follows:

  1. Complete the form below and follow the instructions in the reply your receive; 
  2. Submit all of the documents outlined to the Student Services Centre;
  3. ISVAT will email you a letter explaining the next steps - this is not automatic so please wait for our reply. We usually do this once a week due to the volume of requests.
  4. Once your documents have been taken to OVRO, ISVAT will email you with the date and time you are expected to collect your certificate and pay the £34 fee (if you do not already have a certificate).
  5. You must attend on the date you are given - there is no flexibilty on this and you may need to miss a class.  However, this does complete the Police Registration which is a condition of your visa.

We ask for your patience during this time.  Once you have completed our online form and submitted your documents, the process is started.  We will only send confirmation letters once a week.  

The latest date to submit your documents to ISVAT is Friday 21 October 2016.


FAQ: How do I know if I need to register with the Police?

The requirement to register with the Police should be on your decision letter.  If you can't find your nationality on the list you do not need to register with the Police.

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.