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UNITED KINGDOM: Changes to the Police Registration Procedure

On September 2, 2013, the UK Home Office introduced some changes to the police registration procedure for certain migrants arriving to live, work, or study in the London area. If registration is required, this will be written in the passport. A new requirement is that all relevant migrants staying in the Metropolitan Police area may register only at the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) in London at the following address:

Overseas Visitors Records Office
Brandon House
Ground Floor
180 Borough High Street
London SE1 1LH

It is still necessary to register within seven days of arrival in the UK and additional documentation must now be taken to OVRO. A pro forma application form has also been published. The Home Office advises that this be printed and completed before arrival.


The required documentation includes:

  • passport
  • any Home Office letters/forms
  • fee of £34 payable by cash or credit/debit card
  • two passport-sized photographs
  • a copy of the Visa page from the passport
  • a copy of the Biometric Card (if applicable)

Migrants not staying in the Metropolitan Police area should continue to register with their local police stations.

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