When you arrive in the UK, you may be required to register with the police. Below you will find information on how you can do this and when you should update the police about a change in your circumstances.
You must make an appointment online in order to register with the police. If you attend the police station without an appointment you will not be seen.
In order to make an appointment please follow the website link below. You will need to set up an online account in order to book an appointment.
What is the impact of COVID-19 on Police Registration?
West Midlands Police are fully open and operating as normal within COVID-19 secure guidelines.
When can I attend an appointment?
You must normally register with the Police within seven days of your arrival in the UK. However, currently, students returning to the UK are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days unless they are travelling from a country which is listed in Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel corridors (for England). If you are required to self-isolate, you must not attend the Police Station during your period of self-isolation.
While you are self-isolating, you should complete the online form by using your UK visa vignette. This is normally a sticker in your passport.
Once your 14 day self-isolation period is over, you can book your appointment.
After your period of self-isolation, you will also need to collect your BRP. If you have used the University of Birmingham's ACL code, we will contact you once your BRP has been delivered to arrange an appointment time when you can collect your BRP.
You should only attend at the Police Station after completing your period of self-isolation, making an appointment with the Police and collecting your BRP.
You are normally required to register with the Police within seven days of arriving in the UK. You will do this if you:
- complete your online form while self-isolating
- book your appointment to register with the Police
*Please note that the online portal will be unavailable for up to five days from 12 October 2020. Face to face appointments will be unavailable from this date until 26 October 2020.
Where can I attend my appointment?
There are two locations where you can attend an appointment:
Digbeth police station, 113 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DT
0121 626 5307
Coventry Central Police Station, Little Park Street, Coventry CV1 2JX
0345 113 5000
What safety measures are there at the Police Stations?
- Appointments will be strictly managed for your safety.
- Waiting areas will be socially distanced with markings.
- Hand sanitisers will be available.
- You should attend your appointment at your appointment time, not too early and not too late. This should help reduce your waiting time.
- You must attend your appointment with the correct documentation otherwise your appointment may not go ahead. This will avoid having to rebook your appointment.
- Where possible, you should pay your fee online prior to your appointment. This will avoid the need to use card machines. Cash cannot be accepted.
- When you arrive at your appointment, you must wear a face covering inside the building. Please ensure that you take a face covering with you. The department will be able to provide a disposable mask if you do not have one.
- If you are not able to wear a face covering, please email the West Midlands Police Registration team before your appointment so they can make other arrangements to make your visit safe.
The full address and contact details for the local police station can be found below.
West Midlands Overseas Visitors Registration Department
Digbeth Police Station
Tel: 0121 626 5307
Fax: 0121 322 6005
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday: 08:00 - 15:00, Friday: 08:00 - 11:30, Saturday - Sunday: Closed
If you are in Birmingham you must register with West Midlands Police, while students at the Shakespeare Institute should register with Warwickshire Police.
Do I need to register with the police?
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.
Do my dependants also need to register?
You will need to check their current visas, and if they have one of the statements listed above, they are also legally required to register with the police.
Why do I have to register?
You will need to register because it is a condition of your visa and failure to do so is a criminal offence, which can lead to prosecution. It can also affect your immigration status in the UK.
When you register with the police you will be issued with a Registration Certificate. It is your responsibility to keep this up to date. It is also one of the documents that you will need to send to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) if you ever need to extend your visa and it must be up to date when you submit your application to UKVI.
If you are required to register, you must do so within seven days of your arrival in the UK. Please review this page for future dates in which you will be able to register with the police at Digbeth Police station if you are a new student to the University of Birmingham
If you have not been able to register with the police within 7 days of your arrival in the UK, you must make an appointment online to register with the police within 7 days of arrival in the UK.
If you are required to self-isolate for this reason or because you are experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19, you must not attend the Police Station during your period of self-isolation. After your period of self-isolation, you will need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit.
If you wish to travel outside the UK before you have registered with the police, you must carry details of your booked appointment with you in your hand luggage when you return to the UK.
Leave to enter can be refused where there has been a failure to comply with any conditions attached to the grant of leave to enter or remain. You must ensure that you register with the police if you are required to do so.
What documents do I need?
When registering with the Police you will need to provide all the following documents:
- £34 registration fee. It is preferred that this is paid by card. Please note, international cards are also accepted except American Express.
- Two recent identical passport-sized colour photographs. Please note that you should not wear hats or anything that covers your face in the photograph. If you cover your head (not your face) for religious purposes and intend to carry on doing so in the UK then you may submit photographs with your head covered.
When will I receive my certificate?
Once you have registered with the Police, you will be issued with a Certificate of Registration.
Once you have received your certificate you should carry it with you at all times. We recommend that you make a photocopy of your registration certificate and keep it in a safe place.
Attending your Appointment at Digbeth Police Station
There has been an increase in the number of students that have failed to attend their appointments with the Police. Please note the following:
- You must only arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time. Anybody arriving before the required 10 minutes will be asked to wait outside, as the Overseas Visitors Registration office does not have the room to accommodate large numbers of people.
- Should you be unable to keep your appointment, you should let the Police know by telephone or email, which can be found above. The Police can then reschedule your appointment for a more convenient date and time
- Attending a lecture is not a valid reason for not keeping appointments.
Failure to keep appointments means you are not complying with your visa requirements.
How do I change my details?
It is very important that your registration details are kept up to date. It is your responsibility to inform the police of any of the following changes in your circumstances within seven days:
- If you change your address
- If you extend your visa
- If you get a new passport
- If you change your university or course
- If your marital status changes while you are in the UK
- If you change your visa type (i.e. switch to any other category such as work permit holder)
- If you are moving from the West Midlands area but staying in the UK
- If you stay away from your UK address for 3 months or more
You will need to provide evidence of these changes, such as a new tenancy agreement, a letter of acceptance onto a new course or a marriage certificate. Your certificate will then be updated and returned to you.
There is no charge when you update your details with the Police.
Failure to report the above changes to the police is classed as a criminal offence.
I have lost my certificate
If your police registration form is lost or stolen, you should go to your local police station and obtain a crime number (if stolen) or a lost property number (if lost). This is necessary in order to obtain a new certificate. You will then need to visit the Overseas Visitors Registration Office to obtain a new certificate. There will be a charge of £34 for a new certificate.
Each time you inform the police of a change in your circumstances, they will add this information in the spaces provided and stamp and sign the certificate. When there is no more space for updated information, they will issue you with a new certificate. There will be a charge of £34 for a new certificate.
If you are returning home permanently, you should inform the Overseas Visitors Registration Office. You will need to retain your Police Registration Certificate as you will need to use this again should you decide to return to the UK.
If you are returning home for three months or more, you should inform the Overseas Visitors Registration Office and keep your certificate.
If you are returning home for less than three months, you do not need to inform the Police.
For further information please contact us.
You must go to the Digbeth Police station during Welcome Week. In order to book an appointment online, go to the Birmingham Overseas Visitors Registration Office.