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 or territories you'll need to register with the police:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong (SAR), Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Macau (SAR), 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 are required to book an appointment within 7 days of your arrival to the UK in advance of your visit to the police station to register with the police. If you have created your online account with the police within 7 days then you have met your obligation to register within 7 days. You do not need to book an appointment within 7 days. Please keep checking for appointments as these are released weekly.
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 book an appointment to report your change of address to the West Yorkshire Police Overseas Registration Office within 7 days of your arrival in Leeds.
Registering with the police
You can only register at the Overseas Registration Office at Weetwood Police Station, which is a short distance from the University 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:
Weetwood Police Station,
300 Otley Road,
Leeds LS16 6RG.
Tel: 0113 2414917 /2414817 /2414860 /2414899
Booking an appointment
Due to the ongoing coronavirus (covid-19) situation you are not able to book any appointments as the Overseas Registration Office is closed until further notice. If you have already booked an appointment you should receive an email shortly confirming this has now been cancelled. Please check their website regularly for updates: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/our-services/registering-overseas-visitor/register-foreign-national
How to get there
Weetwood Police Station is not in Leeds city centre, so you will need to travel by bus or taxi. You can travel by bus by taking the number 1, 1A, 6, 9, X84 and X85 in Leeds city centre or outside the Parkinson Building.
What do I need to take with me?
You will need to take:
- Your passport
- Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
- Your University offer letter or CAS (paper version)
- Proof of address such as an accommodation contract or tenancy agreement paper version)
- The administration fee of £34. Card payment is required 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.
- If you have dependant children and they turn 16 whilst they are in the UK, they must register with the police once they have turned 16, even if their current visa states police registration is not required.
You are required to book an appointment in advance of your visit to the police station to update your details with the police.
After registering your account, you will be given two options before you book your appointment, please choose the 'Create new account' option.
*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.