When you arrive in Leeds, you may need to register with the police, depending on where you've come from and how long you'll be here.
If you have a passport from a Commonwealth or EC country then you don't usually have to register with the police but you should check for specific instructions printed on your visa, BRP or decision letter; if it says Register/Report to Police, Pol. Registration or similar, you must register with the police.
If you're from one of the following countries you'll need to register with the police:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen.
You're only required to register with the police if you have been given permission to stay in the UK for more than six months.
When should I register with the police?
You should register with the police as soon as possible after you arrive in the UK. You must register with West Yorkshire police within 7 days of your arrival to at Pudsey Police Station.
If you're staying somewhere else in the UK before coming to Leeds, you should register at the nearest police station within 7 days of arriving in the UK. You must then report your change of address to the West Yorkshire Police Overseas Registration Office at Pudsey Police Station within 7 days of your arrival in Leeds.
Registering with the police at the police station
You can only register at the Overseas Registration Office at Pudsey Police Station, which is a short distance outside of Leeds.
You'll need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) first, as this is one of the documents you'll need for police registration.
The address for the Overseas Registration Office is:
Overseas Registration Office
Pudsey Police Station
Tel: 0113 2414917 /2414817 /2414860 /2414899
The Overseas Registration Office is open between 9am - 1pm and 2.15pm - 4pm on Tuesday and Wednesday only. The office can be very busy at lunch times so it's better to go either earlier or later in the day. The last registration time is at 3.30pm.
Please also see our information leaflet regarding police registration.
The most recent guidance from the police is that the first 20-25 students who attend Pudsey Police Station will be seen to complete registration. Once registration is full, an appointment will be booked for the next available day.
If an appointment cannot be booked due to high demand, the police will provide you with a document advising that you should wait until the online booking system is established. This letter will have the West Yorkshire police logo on the top and will serve as confirmation in writing that you can wait until the online booking system is available to register.
How to get there
Pudsey Police Station is not in Leeds city centre, so you will need to travel by bus, train or taxi.
You can travel by bus by taking the number 508 or the number 72 from Eastgate in Leeds city centre. Both buses take you very close to Dawsons Corner where the police station is located.
If you wish to travel by train, which is a longer journey than by bus, you should depart from Leeds train station to New Pudsey train station and then walk to the police station.
- Find train times from Leeds to New Pudsey
- Follow the walking map from New Pudsey train station to Pudsey Police Station
What do I need to take with me?
You will need to take:
- A completed police registration form
- Your passport
- Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
- 1 passport sized photograph
- The administration fee of £34 for each passport. Card payment is preferred to cash payment and the following cards are accepted: Visa, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Mastercard Debit, Maestro.
The police registration certificate does not expire but costs £34 to replace if it is lost.
If your circumstances change
You must report any of the following changes to the police at Pudsey Police Station within seven working days or you risk a fine of up to £5,000:
- Change of address*
- Change of course, college, university or occupation
- Change of marital status
- New entry visa granting an extension of stay
- Extension of stay granted in the UK
- You are issued with a new passport
- You have a child born in the UK.
*After you register with the police, if you change your address before you get your police registration certificate back, contact the Overseas Registration Office by email or phone to provide them with your new address.
Do I need to inform the police when I go home at the end of my stay?
Before you leave, contact the Overseas Registration Office by email or phone to tell them the reference number on your police registration certificate and the date and place of your departure.