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Citizens of the following countries who are admitted to the
United Kingdom (UK) may
be required to register with the police:
- AFGHANISTAN ; ARGENTINA ; ALGERIA
; ARMENIA ; AZERBAIJAN
- BAHRAIN ; BELARUS
; BOLIVIA ; BRAZIL
- CHINA ; CUBA ; COLOMBIA
- IRAN ; ISRAEL ; IRAQ
- KAZAKHSTAN ; KYRGYZSTAN
- LEBANON ; LIBYA
- MOLDOVA ; MOROCCO
- NORTH KOREA
- PALESTINE ; PERU
- SAUDI ARABIA ; SUDAN
- TAJIKISTAN ; TUNISIA
; TURKEY ; TURKMENISTAN
- UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ; UKRAINE
STATELESS persons are also subject of the
Police Registration Scheme.
Entry Clearance officers and Immigrations Officers can in
certain circumstances impose the requirement to register on
nationals of countries not listed above.
If the following is written on the visa in your passport or on
the reverse of your Biometric Residence Permit:
- "Police Registration within 7 days of arrival” OR
- "Register at once with the police"
you should register either within 7 days of arriving in the
United Kingdom or within 7 days of receiving your visa extension
from the Home Office.
How can I contact the Foreign Nationals Registration
Foreign Nationals Registration Office,
Bournemouth BH1 1QQ
Telephone: 01202 220693
Open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 09.30 to 12
noon on each of these days.
Any changes to the above normal opening times will be
shown clearly in advance on this website.
The office will be closed on all Public
If you are travelling some distance or taking time off
work to attend the office it will be best to ring in advance to
ensure the office has not had to close due to staff
If you are registering for the first time, you
will be required to return by appointment in order to complete the
process and collect your registration certificate. This appointment
will be outside the general opening hours of the office and
hopefully a time to suit you can be agreed.
Is every foreign national required to register with the
police when residing in the United Kingdom?
Only those foreign nationals aged 16 or over and mainly from the
countries listed above are required to register with the police
whilst residing in the UK. However, depending on circumstances,
some people from these countries do not have to register. You can
tell by looking at the wording on your visa in your passport - if
it says 'Register with the police', you will need to do so. If you
are from one of the countries in the list above and are not sure if
you have to register with the police, please contact the Foreign
Nationals Registration Office.
Is it possible to register for the first time at any
No. If you are living in Bournemouth, Poole or Christchurch you
must attend the Foreign Nationals Registration Office as above.
If you live elsewhere in Dorset you can register at your nearest
Police Station in one of the towns listed below:-
Do I need an appointment to register?
You can attend for registration at the Foreign Nationals
Registration Office at any time during the opening times. If
attending a police station above, please ring in advance.
What do I need to bring with me to register with the
police for the first time?
To register with the police you are required to bring with you
the following items:
- Your passport.
- Your Biometric Residence Permit (If issued)
- Two recent passport size photographs.
- Registration fee of £34.00 (Method of acceptable payment
differs at each police station. Please see the separate question on payments
- If you are a student, you must bring your university/college
offer letter with details of your studies or a student card.
- If an organisation or company is sponsoring your studies, you
should bring a letter from the organisation to confirm this.
- If you are employed in the United Kingdom you must bring your
work permit and details of your employers.
How can I make the payment of £34
CASH ONLY at the Foreign
Nationals Registration Office at Bournemouth Police Station.
Cash, debit/credit card or postal order at
Weymouth and Sherborne Police Stations.
NO CASH taken at Bridport,
Dorchester and Wareham Police Stations. At these stations you
will need to pay by credit/debit card or postal order.
Will the registration certificate be available for
collection the same day?
At the Foreign Nationals Registration Office registration
certificates are usually ready for collection later that day
however when we are busy we will give you an appointment later in
At police stations elsewhere in Dorset the certificates are
usually completed whilst you wait.
Is it possible to register at the university/college I
am studying at?
At this time there is no arrangement. Foreign Nationals must
attend the police station.
If I change any of the details that are on my
registration certificate, do I have to report these changes to the
Yes. After registering you must comply with the rules on the
reverse of the certificate and any changes, including a change of
address must be reported within 7 days at either the Foreign
Nationals Registration Office or one of the designated police
stations as listed under Question 3.
The Rules of the Police Registration Scheme require you to
report changes as follows:-
- New address
- Any new landing conditions
- Extensions to your visa granted by the Home Office
- New passport
- New study information or change to university/college
- New employment
- Change of marital status
- Exemption from Police Registration
- Change of Nationality
Any changes should be reported within 7 days.
THERE IS NO FEE TO PAY WHEN YOU NOTIFY ANY OF THE ABOVE
CHANGES TO POLICE.
When will my registration certificate
Your registration certificate will expire if you are out of the
United Kingdom for a continuous period of more than 1 year.
If I go to live in another city in the United Kingdom
what should I do?
You must report to the local police station in the new town
within 7 days. Take your police registration certificate, passport
and evidence of your new school, university, work permit or
employers details. If you have not been out of
the UK as above
there will be no charge and you continue to use the same
Will I be prosecuted if I do not report any changes to
You will be prosecuted if you do not report changes to the
details on your registration certificate or do not keep to your
visa requirements. This could result in either a fine of up to
£5000 and/or 6 months imprisonment.
What do I do when I am leaving the United Kingdom and
plan not to return?
Before leaving the United Kingdom, you are required to return
your registration certificate to the Foreign Nationals Registration
Office or your local police station in Dorset, explaining that you
are leaving the UK and
giving the date of your departure.
What if I am going on holiday out of the United
Kingdom: do I return my registration certificate?
No, if you are leaving the UK for a short holiday you should
keep your certificate with you.
If I lose my registration certificate or damage it, do
I have to pay for another?
Yes, if you have lost your registration certificate, you must
report the loss to your local police station and then attend at the
Foreign Nationals Registration Office (or your local police station
if you live in Western or Northern Dorset) with your passport and
registration fee of £34 to obtain a replacement. If it is damaged
you must hand it in and you will also pay £34 for a
And if my registration certificate is
If your registration certificate has been stolen, you must
report the theft to your local police station and you are then
given a Crime Report Reference number. On receipt of this number
you must attend at the Foreign Nationals Registration Office or
local police station if you live in Western or Northern Dorset. You
will also have to pay a replacement fee of £34.
I am immigrating to another country and require a
Subject Access Report; do I contact the foreign Nationals
No, if you are immigrating or require this type of clearance you
must contact the following department:
Dorset Police Headquarters
Telephone number: 01202 or 01305 223536
can download the Subject Access Report form
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