Police and city

International students Police registration


  • Please note this guidance is for students (and their dependants, if applicable) of the University of Strathclyde.  If you are not a student at the University of Strathclyde you should take guidance from your own institution. If you are employed by the University of Strathclyde you should take guidance from Human Resources.

Nationals from some countries may be asked to register with the Police - see list on gov.uk.  

You should register with the police ONLY if you are advised to do so by either the Home Office - in the letter confirming your grant of leave, or by University staff during or after enrolment. 

Where do I register?

Overseas Visitor Registration Office (OVRO), Clyde Gateway, 2 French Street, G40 4EH

When can I register?

New Students - main registration period 

An appointment will be made for you during the registration process. You will be provided with an *Initial Registration Document which you should complete and take with you to your appointment. It is a legal requirement that you attend the appointment that is made for you.

New Students - at other times

You will be required to make an appointment by emailing SCDovroglasgow@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

  • Please quoting your name and mobile telephone number in the email

You should download and complete the Initial Registration Document and take this to your appointment.

It is a legal requirement that you attend this appointment. 

What do I need to take to my appointment?

When you attend your appointment, please ensure that you take the following:

  • a printed and completed Initial Registration Document
  • £34 (exact amount in cash)
  • passport, UK Biometric Residence Permit, and any decision letters or emails received from the Home Office 
  • two passport sized photographs 
  • proof of address: contract or tenancy agreement for your accommodation
  • proof of Studies: ONE of the following:
    • unconditional offer letter or your CAS email. This can be in paper form, or electronically on a mobile, hand held device or laptop

Please note

Providing you have all of the relevant documentation with you, your registration certificate will be given to you on the day of your appointment. You may be asked to produce your registration certificate at any time by a Police or Immigration Officer so you must ensure you carry it with you at all times.

Take a look at the guidance from Police Scotland.

I have already registered with the Police and I have a new visa - what do I do next?

If you have previously registered with the Police, and already have a Police Registration Certificate, then you must take your new visa, passport and any decision letters or emails received from the Home Office to the Overseas Visitor Nationality Office at 2 French Street and ask them to update your details. You do not have to make an appointment.

This must be done within 7 days of receiving your new visa. You must also take the decision email that was sent to you, informing you of the outcome of your in-country visa extension application. The Police will not be able to update your certificate if you do not present this email. If you are unable to locate the email (please check junk/spam folders first) please contact us for further guidance - you should not attend the Police station.

What do I need to do if any of my other circumstances change?

You must inform the Police (within 7 days) of any changes to your:

  • address 
  • course or place of study
  • passport details
  • marital status

You should go to the Police station with:

  • any evidence of the change
  • your passport
  • your current Police Registration Certificate

What do I need to do if I leave the UK?

  • if you intend to leave the UK permanently you should visit your local Police station and return your Police Registration Certificate along with a copy of your flight details
  • if you are leaving the UK but intending to return within one year, you should take your Police Registration Certificate with you to ensure entry back in to the UK