Students who hold passports from Commonwealth or EC countries do not usually have to register with the police but you should check for specific instructions stamped in your passport on arrival.
If you are from one of the following countries you will need to register with the police:
Afghanistan, Algerian, 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.
You are only required to register with the police if you have been given permission to stay in the UK for more than six months.
When should I register with the police?
You should register with the police within seven days of arrival in Leeds.
The police will not need to keep your passport. If they ask to keep your passport you should insist that they take a photocopy instead. You will need your passport to enable you to open a bank account and register with the University.
What if I am staying somewhere else in the UK before coming to Leeds?
If you are staying somewhere else in the UK before coming to Leeds, you should register at the nearest police station within seven days of arriving in the UK. You must then report your change of address to the Leeds Immigration and Nationality Department within seven days of your arrival in Leeds.
How do I register with the police?
To register you need to go to:
The Immigration and Nationality Department
Millgarth Police Station
Tel: 0113 2414199
This office is open between 9am - 1pm and 2.15pm - 4pm Monday to Thursday. The office is very busy at lunch times so it is better to go either earlier or later in the day.
What do I need to take with me?
You will need to take (per person):
- Your completed police registration form
- Your passport
- Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if you have one
- 1 passport sized photograph
- The administration fee of £34 for each passport. There is no reduction in fee for married couples registering together. You can pay with cash only.
How long does the police registration last?
The police registration cerificate lasts indefinitely but if lost it can cost £34 to replace.
What if my circumstances change?
You must report any of the following changes to the police within seven working days or you risk a fine of up to £5000 and / or face six months in prison:
- Change of address
- Change of course, college, university or occupation
- Change of marital status
- New entry visa granting an extension of stay
- Extension of stay granted in the UK
- If you are issued with a new passport
- If you have a child born in the UK.
What happens when my visa is due to expire?
A letter will be sent to you from the Immigration and Nationality Department reminding you that your visa is due to expire. Please reply as requested in the letter.
If you need to extend your stay in the UK please read the information on these pages well in advance of your visa expiring so that you have plenty of time to prepare.
Do I need to inform the police when I go home at the end of my stay?
Contact the police by phone or email before you leave to tell them:
- The date and place of your departure
- The reference number from your police registration certificate.