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Do I need to register with the Police?

Posted by: Gherson Immigration

If you are a foreign national and you are coming to the UK for longer than 6 months, extending your current leave in the UK or switching to a different visa in the UK, you may need to register with the Police.

You may be required to register with the police if ALL of the following apply:

  • You are 16 or older
  • Your visa or immigration application is for longer than 6 months
  • Your visa or immigration application is not exempt from the police registration requirement
  • You have been told to register on your entry clearance visa vignette or Home Office approval letter confirming that your application has been successful
  • You are from one of the countries in the following list: 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.

Do I need to register with the Police?If you have dual nationality with one of these countries and another country that is not on the list, you are exempt from registering with the Police.

If you have any questions about whether you will be required to register with the Police when you arrive to the UK, or if you have forgotten to register with the Police, please contact us.

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The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please do not hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

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