Visa's and Immigration

UK visas and registering with the police


Some people will need to register with the police following their arrival to the UK with a visa. This blog details who usually needs to register with the police and how to do it.

Who needs to register?

To check whether you need to register, look at your visa ‘vignette’ (the sticker in your passport). You must register if it has ‘Police registration’ or ‘Register with police in 7 days of entry’ on it.

You’ll usually need to register if all of the following apply:

  • You’re 16 or older
  • Your visa (or permission to stay in the UK) is for longer than 6 months
  • Your nationality means you must register
  • You’re not exempt
Nationalities that usually need to register

You’ll usually need to register if you’re a citizen of:

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.

You may also need to register if:

  • you’re stateless
  • you hold a non-national travel document

Note that you do not need to register if you have dual nationality with one of these countries and a country that’s not on the list. You will also not need to register with the police if you have permission to live permanently in the UK, or are a family member of an EEA citizen. For more information on exemptions, click here.

How to register

To register with the police, you’ll need to provide your information and documentation to the police station for your area. Registration costs £34 and you can pay at the police station.

Documents and information you need

You’ll need to take:

  • 2 recent passport size colour photographs
  • your passport
  • your visa ‘vignette’ (sticker in your passport), if you applied outside the UK
  • the letter you got from the Home Office when your application was approved, if you applied inside the UK
  • your biometric residence permit, if you have one

The police station will record:

  • your full name
  • your gender
  • if you’re married or have a partner
  • your date and country of birth
  • your nationality
  • any past nationalities and dates when your nationality changed
  • your address in the UK
  • the address of the last place you lived outside the UK
  • the date and place you arrived in the UK, and how
  • your passport or identity card details
  • what you can and cannot do with your visa, including how long you can stay
  • your education provider’s name and address if you’re a student
  • your employer’s name and address if you’re working
  • your business details and address if you’re self-employed

The police can ask you for more information. You may also need to fill in an application form before you register. 

Where to register

The police station which you will need to go too depends on where you live. You can use these links to find your local police station:

For more information on registering with the police, visit the website by clicking here.