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 

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak, and in line with UK and Scottish Government advice about social distancing , all Nationality Registrations are temporarily suspended.

The OVRO office at Fettes will be re-opening as of 19/10/2020. Due to coronavirus guidance from the Scottish Government, the registration process will be temporarily different and is further explained below. 

If you have not yet registered, but are required to do so

If you are required to register with the police, you will need to email the police at with the following information;

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Place of Study
  • Date of arrival into the UK and where you started your journey
  • If you have quarantined for 14 days and the end date of the quarantine (even if 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.

Please note, there is a very limited amount of people who can be in the building at any point and, as this will be strictly adhered to, you will be requested to appear for your appointment only 5 minutes before hand. If you are 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 will need to 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.

If you already have a certificate of registration

As of 19/10/2020, you will be able to attend your local police station to make changes to your certificates as per normal. You are advised not to attend in groups, but on your own. 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. More Information

Police Scotland website

To find out how to get to Fettes, you can refer to the Lothian Buses journey planner. 

Lothian Buses journey planner