Registering as a Foreign National
1. Why must I register?
When you enter the UK for the first time you may be asked to register with the police as part of your visa conditions. This requirement can be found on your entry clearance visa, which is in your passport. You may need to register if you are from one of the following countries:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China (inc. Hong Kong & Macao), Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, 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.
2. When must I register?
Your visa states you must register within seven days of arrival in the UK or within 7 days of your visa being granted by the UKBA (if already in the UK).
3. How do I register?
Simply fill out the Foreign National registration form which you can download from this website and take it to your nearest police station (addresses and opening times) with the documents listed on the form (passport / visa / 1 photograph / university or employment letter) and photocopies of all documents.
Please note: your own college or university will be able to help students who arrive at the start of the academic year with their registration. For more advice on this, please contact your Student Services department.
4. Registration with the police – regulations
When you register with the police you will be issued with a receipt of registration and given a date to return and collect your completed Police Registration Certificate (PRC), at which time there will be a charge of £34.00 - cash only to pay.
You are advised not to carry the Police Registration Certificate (PRC) with you but to keep it in a safe place together with your passport/travel documents. If you are asked to produce the PRC, you will be given 48 hours in which to do so at any police station.
Any changes in your circumstances will need to be reported to the police and your PRC updated accordingly see section 8 for more details
5. What if I’m already registered with another police force?
If you have already registered in a different police force area, you will need to ‘transfer’ to South Yorkshire. Please complete a Foreign National transfer form, which you can download from this website and take it to your nearest police station (addresses and opening times) with the documents listed on the form (passport / visa / university or employment letter / accommodation contract for the new address & your police registration certificate) and photocopies of all documents.
There is no fee to pay, as we will update your existing police certificate.
6. Will my spouse and children have to register?
1. All foreign nationals from countries listed in section 1 who are aged sixteen years or over normally have to register.
2. Inform the police of any children aged under 16 years, including any born after your initial registration.
3. If in any doubt, ask for advice at the South Yorkshire Police Foreign Nationals Department- contact details and opening times in section 10.
7. What will happen if I do not register with the police within seven days?
Failure to register with the police is an offence under Section 26(1) (f) of the Immigration Act 1971 and where a person fails to register, the police can consider prosecution. You may be liable to arrest and could face a fine of up to £5,000, six months imprisonment, or both. Your stay in the UK may also be affected.
If you are late registering with the police we will place a ‘late notification’ stamp on your police registration certificate and inform the UKBA. This may affect your next visa application.
8. Once I have registered do I need to do anything else in the future?
Once you are registered you must inform the police at your nearest police station (addresses and opening times) if you change any of the following details. This must be done within seven days of the change occurring.
- Any change of address (Please bring your tenancy/rent agreement showing the new address and moving in date).
- Any change of college, university or course details (Please bring your CAS study letter).
- Any change of occupation (Please bring your contract of employment).
- Any change of marital status or birth of a child (please bring the certificate).
- Any new passport or travel document (please bring the passport/travel docs).
- Any new visas/landing conditions or extensions of stay granted by the UKBA or by a British Embassy/Consulate
9. Completed Studies/Employment?
When your studies/employment is completed in the UK and you are returning home on a permanent basis, it is essential that you return your police registration certificate to your nearest police station (addresses and opening times) informing them of your intended departure date.
10. Any Questions?
If you have any questions please contact South Yorkshire Police Foreign Nationals department on the contact details below: Email:email@example.com
Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 (ask for South Yorkshire Police Foreign Nationals Office).
Foreign Nationals Office:
Police Headquarters, Snig Hill, Sheffield S3 8LY.
Opening Times Mon – Thurs 8.00am – 4.00pm, Friday 8.00am – 3.30pm