Student Immigration Service

Police registration

Nationals of certain countries who come to live in the UK for more than six months need to register with the police.

Who needs to register?

If you need to register with the police, it will normally say so on the decision letter you received with your visa. This notification might have also been sent to you via email. 

You can find out if your country is on the Police Registration list at the link below.

Nationalities required to register with the police


COVID-19: important Message from Police Scotland 

The OVRO office at Fettes will be re-opening as of 26/04/21. 

For initial registrations

All students required to register with the police will need to email the OVRO at with the following information;

• Name and Nationality

• Have you ever registered with the police in the UK

• Place of Study/Employment and permanent address

• Date of arrival into the UK and which country you started your journey

• If you have quarantined and the end date of the quarantine (even if date has passed)

You will then be given an appointment date and time with specific instructions as to where to attend and what you will be required to bring with you. You will be advised that you must attend this appointment even if you have class scheduled for the same time. You will need to advise your tutors if you require time off for your appointment.

You will be advised that the OVRO have a very limited amount of people who can be in the building at any point which will be strictly adhered. The OVRO, therefore, request that you attend your appointment only 5 minutes before hand. If you arrive any earlier, you will not be allowed access to the building nor will you be able to wait outside due to current government guidance. You will be required to leave the building as soon as your registration has been completed. You will not be able to wait in or around the building.

You must attend your appointment on your own, unless you have children or are attending with a spouse who is also registering.

You will be required to wear a face covering whilst in the building and will only be able to remove it briefly when asked by the registration officer when checking your identity.  You will be required to use the hand gel provided in reception when entering and leaving the building.


For those who have a certificate of registration

As of the same date (26/04/21), you will be able to attend your local police station to make changes to your certificates as per normal. Although the OVRO do advise that you do not attend in groups and attend on yourown. You will be required to wear a mask within the station and may be refused entry if there are too many people attending at once.

Please note that St Leonards and Gayfield Square stations are open 24 hours per day so they do not need to attend during office hours and can attend at weekends.

No changes will be done at Fettes reception and no one will be seen there without a prior appointment.


Please note, the information further below is not applicable at this time due to protocol implemented as a result of required restrictions. As such, please refer to the information above at this time, and until further notice.