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You must register with the Police if –

  • You are from one of the following countries or you are Stateless – Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong, 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

AND
any one of the following conditions also apply:

  • Your visa or Home Office atlas email has the requirement to register
  • You are in the UK and switching to a visa which requires you to register
  • Your visa is for longer than 6 months
  • You are 16 years or older

Important Notes
You could be fined £5,000 and/or jailed for 6 months if you do not register in accordance with your visa requirements. Late registration could affect any future visa applications

New Registration

You must register with the Police when entering the UK your visa states 'Police Registration Within 7 Days of Arrival'.

If you are a New Registration, you must bring the following –

  • Passport
  • Enrolment letter from University/CAS or employment contract
  • Proof of address e.g. Tenancy agreement/letter confirmation from University (including room number)
  • Visa/Biometric Residence Permit/Home Office Decision Letter (Atlas email) showing requirement to register with Police

Change of Details

If you have already registered with the Police and have a Police Registration Certificate you are required to update your certificate if any of the following changes occur –

Change of Address (within the county). You must bring the following –

  • Police Registration Certificate
  • Proof of address e.g. Tenancy agreement/letter confirmation from university including room number
  • Passport
  • Visa/Biometric Residence Permit/Home Office Decision Letter (Atlas email) showing requirement to register with Police

Change Of College/University/Course/Employment. You must bring the following –

  • Police Registration Certificate
  • Enrolment letter from University/CAS or Employment contract
  • Passport
  • Visa/Biometric Residence Permit

Change of Marital Status. You must bring the following –

  • Police Registration Certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Passport
  • Visa/Biometric Residence Permit

Visa Update. You must bring the following –

  • Police Registration Certificate
  • Passport
  • Visa/Biometric Residence Permit/Home Office Decision Letter (Atlas email) showing requirement to register with Police
  • Enrolment letter from University/CAS or Employment contract

Passport Update. You must bring the following –

  • Police Registration Certificate
  • Passport
  • Visa/Biometric Residence Permit/Home Office Decision Letter (Atlas email) showing requirement to register with Police

All Absences Over 2 Months. You have to report to your local police station in the county where you are registered. You must bring the following –

  • Police Registration Certificate
  • Passport
  • Proof of address where you will be staying and your expected date of return to UK

Request New Certificate

Requesting a New Police Registration Certificate if it has been Lost or Stolen

  • Passport
  • Enrolment letter from University/CAS or Employment contract
  • Proof of address e.g. Tenancy agreement/letter confirmation from university including room number
  • Visa/Biometric Residence Permit/Home Office Decision Letter (Atlas email) showing requirement to register with Police

Please note your Police Registration Certificate is a legal document.

You will be asked about the circumstances surrounding the loss or theft of your certificate during your appointment with the Police.

Only apply once all methods of finding the certificate have been exhausted.

Transfer From Another Force

If you have already registered with the Police in another force area and have now moved to this area, you must update your Police Registration Certificate with this information. You must bring the following –

  • Police Registration Certificate
  • Passport
  • Proof of address e.g. Tenancy agreement/letter confirmation from university including room number
  • Offer letter from University/CAS or Employment contract
  • Visa/Biometric Residence Permit/Home Office Decision Letter (Atlas email) showing requirement to register with Police

If you require any additional help or information, please contact Thames Valley Police on 01865 541191 and Hampshire Police Foreign Nationals Office on 02380 478663

Thames Valley: Office Hours are Mon-Thur 08:00-16:00/ Fri 08:00-15:30

Hampshire Constabulary: Office Hours are Mon-Fri 08:00-16:00