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Foreign national registration PDF Print E-mail

Requirement to register

As a condition of entry into the United Kingdom, or as a condition to remain, certain foreign nationals are required to register with the police in whose area they are to reside within seven days of arrival.

Only Foreign Nationals who are 16 years of age and over are required to register. If under 16 years old and the VISA shows a requirement to register, they should only register when they reach the age of 16.

Such a requirement is endorsed in the Foreign Nationals Passport or on the rear of the Biometric Card issued by the UK Border Agency or the Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate (HOIND).

In the absence of a passport, the requirement to register with the police will be endorsed in correspondence or documentation supplied to the Foreign National by either the UK Border Agency or HOIND.

A Foreign National who is registered with the police is issued with a Police Registration Certificate (PRC). In addition, the subject's passport is endorsed with the PRC number and date stamped.

Locations to register

Foreign Nationals can register with the police (including any subsequent change to their personal circumstances or details) within the Wiltshire Police area between 0800 and 1600hrs at:

  • Salisbury Police Station
  • Swindon Police Station
  • Trowbridge Police Station

The main Police Registration Unit for both Wiltshire and Avon & Somerset is located at Newfoundland Road Police Station, 83 Newfoundland Road, Bristol, BS2 9LU, Tel. 0117 9529769 and a satellite office located at Bath Police Station, Tel. 01225 842447

A Foreign National who attends at any other police station or site in the Wiltshire force area to register with the police (including any subsequent changes to their personal circumstances or details) will be directed to either the nearest or most convenient "registration location" as listed above. If they are registering for the first time, they will be asked to take with them, their passport, two recent passport size photographs and the appropriate fee. The current fee is £34, payment should made with Bank of England notes and coins. If they are notifying subsequent changes to their personal circumstances or details they will be asked to take along their Police Registration Certificate.

Nationalities required to register

People from the following countries are required to register with the police:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kirgizstan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan & Yemen