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UK Police Registration – Temporary Closure Of Overseas Visitor Records Office (OVRO)

March 24th, 2020

Most of the non-EU nationals are required to register with the police after arriving in the UK with a visa, or after being granted permission to extend their leave in the UK.

Usually, if you are required to register with the police, you must do so within 7 days of:

  • arriving in the UK if you applied for a visa from outside the UK; or
  • receiving your biometric residence permit (BRP) if you applied to extend your stay.

You will usually be required to register if:

  • you are over 16 years old;
  • your permission to stay in the UK is for over 6 months;
  • your nationality means you must register; and
  • you are not exempt.

If you live in the area of London covered by the Metropolitan Police you will have to make an appointment and register any changes to your immigration documentation or your postal address at OVRO.

Due to the coronavirus emergency, OVRO offices are temporarily closed until further notice.

Please keep a record showing that you contacted the Overseas Visitor Records Office or your correspondence with them to show that you were unable to register due to the temporary closure of the offices.

Additionally, please keep monitoring the changes in connection with police registration and other immigration rules. The situation in connection with Coronavirus may change at a very short notice.