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Foreign nationals - Overseas Visitors Reporting Office (OVRO)

Information for foreign nationals who are required to register with the police when admitted to the UK or extending a visa.

Citizens of the following countries, who are admitted to the UK, may be required to register with the police:

  • Afghanistan; Argentina; Algeria; Armenia; Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain; Belarus; Bolivia; Brazil
  • China; Cuba; Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Iran; Israel; Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan; 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
  • Stateless persons are also subject of the Police Registration Scheme.
In certain circumstances, Entry Clearance Officers and Immigration Officers can impose the requirement to register on nationals of countries not listed above. If your visa (vignette) inside your passport has the stamp ‘police registration within 7 days’ or ‘pol reg’ or similar, you must register within 7 days of arriving in the UK.
You must also register within 7 days if you have received a visa extension from the Home Office but were previously not required to register.

Q & A

Foreign nationals aged 16 and over residing in the UK for more than 6 months from the countries listed above, are required to register with the police force of the area where they reside when they arrive into the UK. 

There may be exceptions to this and some people may not have to register.  If you are unsure, please check the wording on your visa in your passport and/or read the grey letter provided by the Home Office.  Advice such as ‘police registration within 7 days’ or ‘pol reg’ or similar, means you must register within 7 days of arriving in the UK. 

Registration takes place at the Overseas Visitors Reporting Office (OVRO) of Surrey Police Headquarters at Mount Browne just outside of Guildford town BY APPOINTMENT ONLY during the hours of 0830hrs and 1500hrs, Monday to Friday, by telephoning 01483 639516 to make an appointment.  You may email the department on PoliceRegistration@surrey.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, a part-registration can be made at Reigate Police Station, 79 Reigate Road, Reigate RH2 0RY,  WITHOUT APPOINTMENT, open 7 days a week from 0800hrs to 2200hrs, with the exception of Bank Holidays.   

 

You must bring the following items:

  • Your passport
  • Your BRP card (Biometric Residence Permit) if you have one
  • 2 recent passport sized photographs
  • The registration fee of £34.00 CASH. 
  • If you are working, your work permit, sponsorship letter or contract of employment with address
  • If you are a student, your Offer or CAS Letter, or Student Card.  If an organisation or company is sponsoring your studies, you should bring a letter from them to confirm this
  • Proof of address by way of a rental agreement, contract or utility bill
  • If you are staying with family or friends, please ask the home owner or tenancy holder to write a letter confirming you live there
  • If you are staying in a hotel, a copy of a hotel booking or invoice

You must provide ALL of the following:

  • Your passport
  • Your BRP card (Biometric Residence Permit) if you have one
  • 2 recent passport sized photographs
  • The registration fee of £34.00 CASH. 
  • If you are working, your work permit, sponsorship letter or contract of employment with address
  • If you are a student, your Offer or CAS Letter, or Student Card. If an organisation or company is sponsoring your studies, you should bring a letter from them to confirm this
  • Proof of address by way of a rental agreement, contract or utility bill

If you are staying in a hotel, a copy of a hotel booking or invoice

If you are staying with family or friends, please ask the home owner or tenancy holder to write a letter confirming you live there

 

 

Students at the University of Surrey, the Royal Holloway University London and the UCA Farnham should contact their International Students Office or check on their university website as, during certain periods, we visit for bulk registration when appointments are made via the university.

All other students, and if unable to attend a bulk registration at the universities mentioned above, must register at the Overseas Visitors Reporting Office (OVRO) at the Surrey Police Headquarters at Mount Browne just outside of Guildford town by telephoning 01483 639516 to make an appointment.  Appointments at Headquarters are available during the hours of 0830hrs and 1500hrs on Mondays to Fridays.  You may email the department on PoliceRegistration@surrey.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, a part-registration can be made at Reigate Police Station, 79 Reigate Road, Reigate RH2 0RY,  WITHOUT APPOINTMENT, open 7 days a week from 0800hrs to 2200hrs, with the exception of Bank Holidays.   

 

You must bring the following items:

  • Your passport
  • Your BRP card (Biometric Residence Permit) if you have one
  • 2 recent passport sized photographs
  • The registration fee of £34.00 CASH. 
  • If you are working, your work permit, sponsorship letter or contract of employment with address
  • If you are a student, your Offer or CAS Letter, or Student Card.  If an organisation or company is sponsoring your studies, you should bring a letter from them to confirm this
  • Proof of address by way of a rental agreement, contract or utility bill
  • If you are staying with family or friends, please ask the home owner or tenancy holder to write a letter confirming you live there
  • If you are staying in a hotel, a copy of a hotel booking or invoice

Yes, it is a Home Office condition that you go to any local police station within 7 days to report any of the following changes:

  • New address
  • Any new landing conditions
  • Extensions to your visa granted by the Home Office
  • New passport
  • New study information or change to university/college
  • New employment
  • Change of marital status
  • Exemption from Police Registration
  • Change of nationality

There is no fee to pay and you do not need to make an appointment

It will expire if you are out of the UK for a continuous period of more than one year.

You must report to the local police station in the new location within 7 days. Take your police registration certificate, passport and evidence of your new school, university or work permit, and address details.  There is no charge, and you will continue to use the same certificate

Yes, and you may also be prosecuted if you do not comply to your visa conditions,

eg, if you are not permitted to work but take employment.  

Offences could result in either a fine of up to £5000 and/or 6 months imprisonment.

If you are planning to leave the UK and not return to live, please either hand in your registration certificate to your local police station prior to departure with a copy of your travel ticket, or post the registration certificate to:  OVRO Nationalities Department, Surrey Police, PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE  with a copy of your travel ticket

 

If you are leaving the UK for a short holiday, you should keep your registration certificate with you.

If you are leaving the UK for more than 2 months, you must notify the Overseas Visiting Reporting Office (OVRO), indicating when you are leaving the UK, with a brief description why you are overseas for 2 months or more, and the estimated date of your arrival back into the UK

Please notify us by one of the following methods:

  • Email:  PoliceRegistration@surrey.pnn.police.uk
  • Reporting at your local police station
  • By letter:  OVRO Nationalities Department, Surrey Police, PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE,
  • Telephone:   01483 639516

Please indicate your Police Registration Certificate number when you contact us, as well as your name and date of birth.

You must report the theft to the police by either telephoning 101 or via the Surrey Police website.  You should obtain a crime reference number. You must replace your certificate by re-register by appointment at Surrey Police Headquarters at Mount Browne just outside Guildford town by telephoning 01483 639516 or you may email the department on PoliceRegistration@surrey.pnn.police.uk 

Appointments at Headquarters are available during the hours of 0830hrs and 1500hrs on Mondays to Fridays. 

Alternatively, a part-registration can be made at Reigate Police Station, 79 Reigate Road, Reigate RH2 0RY, WITHOUT APPOINTMENT, open 7 days a week from 0800hrs to 2200hrs, with the exception of Bank Holidays.   

When you attend, please bring the following items:

  • Your passport
  • Your BRP card (Biometric Residence Permit) if you have one
  • 2 recent passport sized photographs
  • The registration fee of £34.00 CASH.
  • If you are working, your work permit, sponsorship letter or contract of employment with address
  • If you are a student, your Offer or CAS Letter, or Student Card. If an organisation or company is sponsoring your studies, you should bring a letter from them to confirm this
  • Proof of address by way of a rental agreement, contract or utility bill

If you are staying in a hotel, a copy of a hotel booking or invoice

If you are staying with family or friends, please ask the home owner or tenancy holder to write a letter confirming you live there

 

Yes, you will have to pay the £34 fee again.  You must replace your certificate by re-registering by appointment at Surrey Police Headquarters at Mount Browne just outside Guildford town on telephone number 01483 639516 or you may email the department on PoliceRegistration@surrey.pnn.police.uk 

Appointments at Headquarters are available during the hours of 0830hrs and 1500hrs on Mondays to Fridays. 

Alternatively, a part-registration can be made at Reigate Police Station, 79 Reigate Road, Reigate RH2 0RY, WITHOUT APPOINTMENT.  Reigate Police Station is open 7 days a week from 0800hrs to 2200hrs, with the exception of Bank Holidays.   

When you attend, please bring the following items:

  • Your passport
  • Your BRP card (Biometric Residence Permit) if you have one
  • 2 recent passport sized photographs
  • The registration fee of £34.00 CASH.
  • If you are working, your work permit, sponsorship letter or contract of employment with address
  • If you are a student, your Offer or CAS Letter, or Student Card. If an organisation or company is sponsoring your studies, you should bring a letter from them to confirm this
  • Proof of address by way of a rental agreement, contract or utility bill

If you are staying in a hotel, a copy of a hotel booking or invoice

If you are staying with family or friends, please ask the home owner or tenancy holder to write a letter confirming you live there

 

If your certificate is damaged, you must hand it in when you re-register

 

 

 

 

No.  The OVRO department is only for foreign nationals coming into the UK.  As you are leaving the UK, you have to contact the relevant organisation, depending on which country you are emigrating to. Most details can be found via the ACRO website:

www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx

 

 

Both sides of the certificate may be used to update information and if there are no endorsement boxes available on the back of the certificate, a new certificate will need to be issued.

As soon as you know what the change will be and/or prior to sending your certificate to the Home Office for any visa extensions, please re-register by appointment at Surrey Police Headquarters at Mount Browne just outside Guildford town on telephone number 01483 639516 or you may email the department on PoliceRegistration@surrey.pnn.police.uk 

Appointments at Headquarters are available during the hours of 0830hrs and 1500hrs on Mondays to Fridays. 

Alternatively, a part-registration can be made at Reigate Police Station, 79 Reigate Road, Reigate RH2 0RY, WITHOUT APPOINTMENT.  Reigate Police Station is open 7 days a week from 0800hrs to 2200hrs, with the exception of Bank Holidays.   

When you attend, please bring the following items:

  • Your passport
  • Your BRP card (Biometric Residence Permit) if you have one
  • 2 recent passport sized photographs
  • If you are working, your work permit, sponsorship letter or contract of employment with address
  • If you are a student, your Offer or CAS Letter, or Student Card. If an organisation or company is sponsoring your studies, you should bring a letter from them to confirm this
  • Proof of address by way of a rental agreement, contract or utility bill

If you are staying in a hotel, a copy of a hotel booking or invoice.

If you are staying with family or friends, please ask the home owner or tenancy holder to write a letter confirming you live there.

 

How can I contact the Foreign Nationals - Overseas Visitors Reporting Office (OVRO)?

 

The offices are closed every weekend and on all Public Holidays

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