On September 2 2013 the Home Office introduced changes to the police registration procedure for certain migrants arriving to live, work or study in the London area. If registration is required, this will be written in the individual's passport. A new requirement is that all relevant migrants staying in the Metropolitan Police area can register only at the Overseas Visitors Records Office in London at the following address:

Overseas Visitors Records Office
Brandon House
Ground Floor
180 Borough High Street
London SE1 1LH

It is still necessary to register within seven days of arrival in the United Kingdom and additional documentation must now be taken to the Overseas Visitors Records Office. A pro forma application form has also been published and the Home Office advises that it be printed and completed before arrival. Required documentation includes:

  • the individual's passport;
  • any Home Office letters/forms;
  • £34 fee payable by cash or credit/debit card;
  • two passport-sized photographs;
  • a copy of the visa page from the passport; and
  • a copy of the biometric card (if applicable).

Relevant migrants not staying in the Metropolitan Police area should continue to register with their local police station.

For further information on this topic please contact Ilda De Sousa at Kingsley Napley by telephone (+44 20 7814 1200), fax (+44 20 7490 2288) or email (idesousa@kingsleynapley.co.uk). The Kingsley Napley website can be accessed at www.kingsleynapley.co.uk.

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