Police registration

  • Covid-19: Registering with the police

    Students who are required to register with the police, or students who need to update their police certificate due to a change of circumstances (see Update Your Registration Certificate):

    If you live in the Thames Valley region, which includes Oxfordshire, registration services are currently suspended. This will not affect your immigration status and no penalty will be given for missed or late registrations or for being unable to tell us about a change in your circumstances. If you live outside of the Thames Valley region, you  should check with their local police force whether it is possible to register at this time.    

    There is already an agreement with the Home Office that as long as you have completed the online process,  you have complied with your visa requirements.

    Complete all your details using the Thames Valley Police online registration form below. Make sure that you have all the information ready, including a photo to upload that meets the UKVI requirements. You must complete the form in one go and within 20 minutes. You cannot save the form and go back to it later to complete it.

    Register online »

    After registering online, you will receive an email and you can then book an appointment online to go and collect your certificate. If there are no appointments available at St Aldates in Oxford, you may have to choose another Police Station.

    Documents to take to your appointment

    You must take the following documents with you. If you don't, you will not receive your certificate and you will have to book another appointment.

    • Valid passport and visa
    • £34.00 cash
    • Oxford Brookes Attendance Letter with your address in the Thames Valley area (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire)
    • Visa, BRP visa card, or UKVI letter that came with your visa, with the requirement to register with police

    Update your registration certificate

    You must also update your registration certificate every time:

    • you get a new visa or passport
    • you change your address or place of study or course or any of your personal details
    • you change anything listed on the back of your registration certificate 

    Update your registration certificate »

    You will need to update any changes within 7 days by taking evidence of your change to the police station (e.g. your new visa or evidence of your new course or of your new address) with your passport, visa and police registration certificate.

    Leaving the UK for longer than two months

    If you are planning on leaving the UK for longer than two months, for example if you are starting a work placement abroad or going home for the summer holiday period, you should email  FNR@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk to inform them of this and they will update your online record.

    On return, you should update your police registration certificate.  Refer to ‘Update your registration certificate’ above.

    If you have lost your registration certificate

    Request a new one online »

    If you have any difficulties updating your certificate, please contact ISAT. You can also contact the Overseas Visitor Registration Office directly.

    For details of who has to register, including a list of nationalities, see this information from the Home Office.

    You could be fined £5,000 and jailed for six months or deported if you do not register in accordance with your visa requirements.

    It's possible you may be asked for your police registration certificate when returning to the UK if you travel during your course, but if you do take it with you, make sure you don't forget to bring it back or lose it.