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Registering with the police

If you come from one of the following countries and your Tier 4 immigration permission is for more than six months then the requirement to register with the police should be endorsed on your one-month entry vignette (visa) and on your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

  • Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan.
  • Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil.
  • China, Colombia, Cuba.
  • Egypt.
  • Georgia.
  • Hong Kong (SAR).
  • Iran, Iraq, Israel.
  • 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.

How to register

If you start your studies in September you should be able to book an appointment to register with the police when they come to the East Park Terrace campus at the start of the academic year. You will be given the opportunity to book an appointment during Welcome Week.

If you are not able to do so, for example because you arrive late, please enquire at the Students 1st desk in RM050. If you start your studies at any other time of year you will need to make an appointment to register at the Nationalities Office in Winchester.

To make an appointment to register in Winchester, you should telephone 023 8047 8663.

Getting to the police station in Winchester

The Nationalities Office in Winchester is located at:

Hampshire Constabulary,
Tower street,
Hampshire, SO23 8DB.

Winchester is approximately 12 miles from Southampton and is easily accessible by car (road), train and bus.

If you are travelling by public transport (bus or train) then you will need to take a train or a bus (Bluestar number 1) to Winchester. When you get on to the bus you should ask for a ticket to Winchester City Centre.

Appointments are usually available Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm

Before going to the police station please ring to make an appointment.

Please note that (exceptionally) students may live in another county (geographical district) and commute to the University. If you are required to register with the Police but do not live in Hampshire, you will need to register with the Nationalities Office responsible for the county where you live.

Please seek advice from the International Advice Service in RM050 if you are not sure where this is. 

What to take with you

It is very important that you provide the police with the correct documents. If you do not then they may not be able to  register you:

  • Passport and BRP.
  • Proof of Southampton Solent University student status.
  • Proof of address
  • Credit or debit card to pay the £34 registration fee

Reporting changes

Once you have registered it is your responsibility to report to the Police any of the following changes of circumstances, :

  • Change of address.
  • Change of university.
  • Change of marital status or birth of children.
  • Extensions to your Tier 4 immigration permission or change of immigration status.
  • Change of passport.
  • Temporary absence of eight weeks or more from registered address.

Changes of circumstances should be reported to your local police station within 7 days

If you need to update your police registration certificate with any of the changes you must visit Southampton police station to do so. Please follow the instructions above.

Leaving the UK

When you leave the UK you must return the certificate to the Nationalities Office in Winchester

More information

Registering with the police if required to do so is part of your immigration conditions and failure to do so will put you in breach of these, which is a criminal offence and could lead to future immigration applications. If you are in any doubt about whether you need to register, and what you need to do, you should contact the international advice service.


Page last updated on Tuesday 15 March 2016 at 11.00am.


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