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Police registration

Students and any dependants who are 16 and over, from certain countries or territories, who are studying at the University for more than six months will usually be required to register with the Police. Read the .gov.uk website to find out more about Police Registration including who needs to register.

If you applied overseas online your Entry Clearance vignette or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) should show the condition to register with the Police. If you applied via a paper application in North Korea, the condition to register with the Police may be on your decision letter from the Home Office. Please check your entry clearance vignette, BRP or Home Office decision letter to confirm if you need to register with the Police.

If you applied in the UK, including applications for a replacement Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), the condition could be on your BRP or, since 24 April, it may be confirmed solely in the Home Office decision letter.

Essex Police usually have appointments available in the autumn and spring terms at your campus, you’ll be able to book an appointment online once you have registered and created an account. If there are no appointments available at your campus you will need to go to your local Police station to register, details can be found below.

Your Police Registration condition requires you to register within 7 days of your arrival in the UK or within 7 days of receiving your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), if you are collecting it after you arrive in the UK. Sometimes the Police will not be able to register you within this time limit due to the numbers of registrations they have to complete during peak periods. If you register on-campus shortly after your registration you should not be affected. At other times of year, provided you have made an appointment to register at the Police Station and keep it, there should not be a problem.

  • New registrations - Essex

    To register with Essex Police you will need to first register on their website, create and account and book an appointment (scroll to the bottom of the page to start your registration process) There is a fee to register, you will need to pay this when you book online or at your appointment. There are also documents you must take with you to your appointment, to find out more about what you’ll need to take please read the Essex Police website.

    If you are living outside of Essex you will need to check the government website for more information on how and where to register with your local Police force.

  • Changes to your Police Registration Certificate and moving into Essex from elsewhere in the UK

    If you have extended your visa, or changed your address or any other information that requires you to tell the Police, you must have your Police Registration Certificate (PRC) updated within 7 days of the change. If you are registered with the Essex Police you will need to login to your account online or register and create an account if you don’t already have one, then you’ll be able to book an appointment to update your certificate. There is no fee.

    You will need to take:

    • your Police Registration Certificate
    • proof of your student status - a Certificate of Registration can be ordered via the Student Documentation Ordering System or you can take your CAS statement (paper or electronic).

    If you don’t take your Police Registration Certificate you will have to register again and pay the fee (read the New registrations section above).

    Moving to Essex - transfers from another Police force

    To register with Essex Police you will need to first register on their website, create and account and book an appointment (scroll to the bottom of the page to start your registration process). You should not need to pay the fee provided you take documents with you, including your current certificate. To find out more about what you’ll need to take please read the Essex Police website.

  • I think there is an error with my Police Registration condition, what should I do?

    There may be situations where the Home Office finds that they have made a mistake and not given you this condition when they should have. Where this has happened the Home Office will write to notify you that you are required to register. In addition, this condition may be imposed by a Border Force Officer if the omission is picked up on your arrival in the UK.

    The Home Office has made an error if you have either:

    If you have been given the police registration condition in error

    See the UKCISA Passport, visa and BRP problems website for how to correct this error. If you decide not to request a correction of such an error, you should try to register with the police. However, it is unlikely that the police will allow you to register, in which case retain evidence that you tried to comply with this condition of your leave, even though it was given to you incorrectly (for example, you could ask the police to confirm in writing that you tried to register with them). Nevertheless, if the police will not allow you to register, and will not confirm this in writing, you are not obliged to have this error corrected.

    If you should have been given the police registration condition but it is missing

    There is no need to register, or to take any action to correct the error. However, your Student sponsor is obliged to report to the Home Office any incorrect conditions that it becomes aware of. If this happens then the Home Office may take steps to re-issue your leave with the correct conditions.

  • Leaving and return to the UK

    If you are returning to the UK after a short period away you must bring your Police Registration Certificate back with you and update it within 7 days of your return if there are any changes. If you don’t you will have to register again and pay the fee (read the New registrations section).

    You don't need to do anything about your Police Registration when you leave the UK for good. However, we recommend you keep your Police Registration Certificate along with all other official documents, letters from the Home Office and visas. You may need these if you make an immigration application in the future.

  • Failure to register with the Police

    Failure to register with the Police, if required to do so, is a criminal offence and could lead to prosecution. If you are required to register and do not do so, this is a breach of your conditions and can have very serious consequences. As a Student sponsor, the University has to report suspected breaches to your immigration conditions to the Home Office.

    If you have been unable to register with the Police as they have suspended Police Registration you won’t be in considered to be in breach of your conditions. However, as soon as they start taking appointments again, you’ll need to book one and keep it.

    If you have failed to Register or update your certificate please seek confidential advice immediately from SU Advice or an immigration lawyer as you may be in breach of your immigration conditions.

  • Further advice and guidance

    If you want to know more about Police Registration please read the government guidance and UKCISA’s guidance online. If you can’t find the answer to your question, you can contact the UKCISA student advice line or SU Advice.

    If you have a question about registering with the Essex Police or have a problem trying to register on their website or book an appointment please contact them direct.

Police stations local to your campus

  • Colchester Campus

    Colchester Police station

    Telephone: 101 (ext 430388)
    Address: 10 Southway, Colchester CO3 3BU

    Google Maps can help you with directions if you are travelling by car, public transport, on foot or by bicycle.

  • Southend Campus

    Southend Police station

    Address: Victoria Avenue, Southend SS2 6ES

    Google Maps can help you with directions if you are travelling by car, public transport, on foot or by bicycle.

  • Loughton Campus

    Living in Loughton (Epping Forest District)

    If you live in the Epping Forest District (Loughton) you will need to register with the Essex Police.

    Harlow Police station

    • Telephone: 101 extension 300027
    • Updates to certificate - telephone: 101 extension 300027

    Address: The High, Harlow CM20 1HG

    Living in London

    If you live in the Metropolitan Police area (London) you will need to register at the Overseas Visitors Record Office in Borough High Street, London. Please read the information online and follow the instructions.

    Google Maps can give help you with directions if you are travelling by car, public transport, on foot or by bicycle.