Foreign national registration

Requirement to register with the police

As a condition of entry into the United Kingdom, or as a condition to remain, certain foreign nationals are required to register with the police in whose area they are to reside within seven days of arrival.

Please note - only foreign nationals who are 16 years of age and over are required to register. If under 16-years'-old and the VISA shows a requirement to register, they should only register when they reach the age of 16.

Such a requirement is endorsed within the passport of the foreign national by the UK Immigration Service (UKIS) or the Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate (HOIND).

In the absence of a passport, the requirement to register with the police will be endorsed in correspondence or documentation supplied to the foreign national by either UKIS or HOIND.

A foreign national who is registered with the police is issued with a Police Registration Certificate (PRC). In addition, the subject's passport is endorsed with the PRC number and date-stamped.

Locations to register, or for replacement or re-issue of certificate

You can register at one of our three main police stations – Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft, during public opening times. You can find your local Police Station here.

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People from the following countries are required to register with the police:
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  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kirgizstan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab - Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen
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Transfers/amendments or changes to your details
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As above, except payment of £34 is not required.

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What will I require to register?
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First time registrations

If you are registering for the first time, you will be asked to bring the following with you:

1. Your passport.

2. One passport-size photograph.

3. Registration fee of £34. Payment must be made with Bank of England notes and coins, exact amount is required as no change can be given. No debit cards, credit cards, or £50 notes will be accepted.

4. If you are a student, you must bring your university/college offer letter with details of your studies, and student card.

5. If an organisation or company is sponsoring your studies, you should bring a letter from the organisation to confirm this.

6. If you are employed in the United Kingdom you must bring your work permit and details of your employers.

7. Proof of address – e.g. university/college/institute licence agreement, utility bill, tenancy agreement

8. Biometric Visa Card.