Foreign National Registration

Please note changes in the process of Police registrations (effective from April 2015):

If you need to register, this requirement will be shown on your visa in your passport, Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or Home Office letter.

Foreign Nationals (countries listed below), who are required to register with police, will be issued with a new 30 day short term entry vignette visa. This visa will state whether you are required to register with the police. This visa allows entry into the UK. If you are issued with this new 30 day visa, you will also receive a letter from the Home Office, confirming that your visa application for the UK has been successful and will show the start and expiry date of your visa, which you will need to collect from a designated Post Office nearest to your accommodation address in the UK.

If the above applies to you, you have two options when registering with the police:

  1. (A)BEFORE collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the Post Office. Attend one of our stations, with all the documents mentioned in the ‘Noter’ section of this site and the original of the accompanying letter issued to you in your home country. Following police registration and collecting your BRP from the Post Office, you do not need to return to the station to report this visa card.

Any new (in country) visas must be reported within the usual reporting time of 7 days.

     A.(B)AFTER collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the Post Office

Attend one of our stations with all the documents mentioned in the ‘Note’ section of this site and your BRP visa card.


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.

Note
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:

  • Bourne Hill Police Station (Salisbury, SP1 3UZ)
  • Swindon Police Station (Swindon, SN3 4RB) 
  • Trowbridge Police Station (Trowbridge, BA14 7EP).

Note

All Wiltshire registration matters are dealt with at the satellite office at Bath Police Registration Unit, and in the first instance, please contact the Bath office if there are any queries on 01278 645566.

The main Police Registration Unit is located at Clifton Police Station, 2-10 Kings Parade Mews, Clifton, Bristol. BS8 2RE, Telephone:01278 645594 

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.

icon adobepdf  Form 85

icon adobepdf  Form 85 Guidance Document

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.

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