FNRO - Foreign Nationals, Police Registration Scheme
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 ; KUWAIT
- LEBANON ; LIBYA
- MOLDOVA ; MOROCCO
- NORTH KOREA
- PALESTINE ; PERU
- SAUDI ARABIA ; SUDAN ; SYRIA
- TAJIKISTAN ; TUNISIA ; TURKEY ; TURKMENISTAN
- UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ; UKRAINE ; UZBEKISTAN
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Foreign Nationals Registration Office,
Bournemouth BH1 1QQ
Telephone: 01202 220693
Open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 09.30am to 12 noon on each of these days.
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 sickness.
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.
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 theUK. 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.
You can only attend Weymouth Police Station as an alternative to attending the Foreign Nationals Registration Office in Bournemouth.
Weymouth West Police Station, Telephone : 101
Radipole Lane, Opening Hours:
Chickerell, Monday to Friday 0800-1800 hrs
Weymouth. Saturday 0900-1700 hrs
DT4 9WW. Sunday - CLOSED
You can attend for registration at the Foreign Nationals Registration Office at any time during the opening times (see section 'How can I contact the Foreign Nationals Registration Office?').
If you are attending Weymouth police station it will be better to phone in advance and arrange an appointment.
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 (see next question for method of payment).
- 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.
PLEASE NOTE – NEW FURTHER REQUIREMENTS
- NEW 30 DAY SHORT TERM VISA:
The new short term 30 day entry clearance visa will still state whether you need to register with the police. If you are issued with this new 30 day visa, you will also receive a letter confirming that your visa application for the UK has been successful and provide the start/expiry date of your visa.
If the above applies to you, you can register with the police by attending our office either:
(A). BEFORE collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the Post Office: Attend our office with all documents mentioned above and the original of the accompanying letter issued abroad. Once you have collected your BRP from the Post Office, you do not need to attend our office to report this card. All future (In Country) BRP’s must be reported within 7 days as usual.
(B). AFTER collecting your BRP from the Post Office:
Attend our office with all documents mentioned above and your BRP.
- ADDITIONAL DOCUMENT REQUIRED WHEN REPORTING YOUR NEW BRP – applies to work visas only
Removal of requirement to register from some BRP’s (Effective from 24/04/15) - In Country applications.
If you have been granted limited leave to remain in the UK as a worker and are required to register with the police as a condition of your leave, you will no longer see this condition appear on your BRP. This applies to all leave granted on or after 24 April 2015.
If you are required to register with the police it will be confirmed in a letter (separate to the one your BRP arrived with) from the Home Office which you MUST present when you attend our office to register/report your new visa.
Please ensure you bring the original letter as a photocopy will not be accepted.
Foreign Nationals Registration Office at Bournemouth Police Station –CASH ONLY
Weymouth Police Station – NO CASH = Please pay by cheque, postal order or debit/credit card
The registration certificates are usually ready for collection later on the same day that you report however when we are busy we will give you an appointment later in the week.
At this time there is no arrangement. Foreign Nationals must attend the police station.
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 the Foreign Nationals Registration Office in Bournemouth (or Weymouth Police station if that is closer for you to attend).
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.
Your registration certificate will expire if you are out of the United Kingdom for a continuous period of more than 1 year.
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 certificate.
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.
Before leaving the United Kingdom, you are required to return your registration certificate to the Foreign Nationals Registration Office in Dorset, explaining that you are leaving the UK and giving the date of your departure.
No, if you are leaving the UK for a short holiday you should keep your certificate with you.
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 in Bournemouth or Weymouth Police Station if that is nearest for you. Bring 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 replacement.
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. Once you have a receipt with this number, you must attend at the Foreign Nationals Registration Office or Weymouth Police station if that is closer for you to attend. You will also have to pay a replacement fee of £34.
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
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