Police registration

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On arrival in the UK for the first time

Your visa letter, which accompanies your temporary 30 day visa sticker in your passport, will confirm if you need to register with the police.  Citizens who are admitted to the UK for more than 6 months will usually be required to register with the police if they are from one of the countries listed on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.

Fulford Police Station is only 20 minutes walk from the University campus and students can register everyday from 9am until 4pm. Maps showing the easiest route from campus to the police station are available from the Student Support Hub in Market Square. 

Who to contact

  • Immigration Advice Service
    Student Hub, Market Square
  • Tel: +44 (0)1904 324140
    immigration@york.ac.uk
  • Office hours
    -Term time: 9am - 5pm, Outside term time: 10am-4pm
    Monday to Friday
  • To make an appointment: Either ring the number above, call in to the Student Hub or email student-support@york.ac.uk

Registration forms can also be collected from the Hub and the relevant sections ('Personal details', 'Reason for visit to UK', 'Employment details', 'Visa details' and 'Passport/ ID details') completed prior to your visit if you wish. You will need to take the following with you when you attend the police station:

  • £34 cash or a credit/ debit card to pay this fee
  • 3 passport style photos (showing a current true likeness)
  • Current passport containing your visa
  • Proof of residence (i.e. rental agreement)
  • Confirmation of study letter from the University (this can be requested through your e:Vision account)

Failure to register with the police is a criminal offence and you will be in breach of your immigration conditions.

If you fail to register within the seven day period this could lead to you receiving a warning stamp which may make it more likely for your next visa extension application to be refused.

In some cases you may also receive an official police caution, which would be recorded on your police record.

Re-entering the UK after renewing your visa at home

If you renewed your visa whilst in your home country and are returning to the UK to continue your studies, you must again register with the police within seven days.

Fulford Police Station is only 20 minutes walk from the University campus and students can register everyday from 9am until 4pm. Maps showing the easiest route from campus to the police station are available from the Student Support Hub in Market Square. As you are uypdating your Police Registration there is no fee but you will need to take the following with you when you attend the police station:

  • Current passport containing your new visa
  • Police Registration Certificate

Failure to register with the police is a criminal offence and you will be in breach of your immigration conditions. If you fail to register within the seven day period this could lead to you receiving a warning stamp which may make it more likely for your next visa extension application to be refused. In some cases you may also receive an official police caution, which would be recorded on your police record.