To find out if you need to register with the police you should check your current student visa letter.
You are legally required to register with the police if it states:
- 'Register with UK police on arrival' or
- 'Register with the police within seven days'
If your letter does not state this, then you probably do not need to register with the police. You can check the list of countries whose nationals need to register with the police in Appendix 2 of the Immigration Rules. If you are a national of a country on this list but your visa does not state you should register, then you should contact us as your letter may contain an error.
If your course will last for 6 months or less, then you will not need to register even if you are from a country listed in the Immigration rules.
The government have confirmed some temporary concessions in response to Covid-19.
3.12 Students who are required to register with the police as a condition of a grant of permission to stay, or who need to notify the police of a change of circumstances, should check with their local police force whether it is possible to register with them at this time. Where it is not possible, students must register with the police or update their information once social distancing measures are lifted.
3.13 Students who have already registered with the police and are making a new application in the UK should submit their Police Registration Certificate along with any other documents in support of their application as normal.