1. Advice for overseas visitors and students, living/studying in the South Yorkshire
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?
If you have already registered in a different police force area, you will need to ‘transfer’ to South Yorkshire. Please complete an Overseas Visitor 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.
5. Will my spouse and children have to register?
1. All overseas visitors 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 Overseas Visitors Department- contact details and opening times in section 10.
6. 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 it may affect your next visa application.
7. Once I have registered, what if my circumstances change?
If your circumstances change as listed below, you must inform the police by completing the attached Change in Circumstances form and take it to your nearest police station (addresses and opening times). 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
8. 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.
9. Any Questions?
Call 0114 2523212 or 101 and ask for South Yorkshire Police Overseas Visitors Registration Office. Office opening times are Monday to Thursday 8am – 3:30pm and Friday 8am – 3pm.
Overseas Visitors Registration Office: Snig Hill Police Station, Sheffield S3 8LY. Please note there is no on-site parking or toilet facilities available.