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Foreign National Registration

As a condition to visit or to stay in the United Kingdom, certain foreign nationals are required to register with the police in the area they are living, within 7 days of arrival.

Do I need to register?

Your UK Entry Clearance visa,  Biometric Residence Permit or your British Embassy decision letter will clearly state if you are required to register or not.

You will need to register as a foreign national if:

  • your visa has the requirement to register
  • you are in the UK and switching to a visa which requires you to register
  • your visa is for longer than 6 months
  • you are 16 years old or above
  • you are from one the following countries:

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.

Foreign Nationals from the countries listed above will be issued with a 30 day short term entry vignette visa. This visa will state whether you are required to register with the police and allows entry into the UK.

Register as a foreign national with Avon and Somerset Police

To register, go to the online registration and appointment portal to book your appointment.

You cannot save your application and come back to it later, so make sure you have the relevant information in front of you before you begin.

You will need:

  • your personal details, UK address (and postcode) and your contact details
  • a family member’s details (if applicable)
  • your passport and your Visa/travel details
  • your study or employment details
  • the ability to upload a passport style photograph

When you have completed the registration you will be required to make an appointment to register with us in person. 

See Locations where you can register below.

When you come to meet us, you must bring your:

  • passport
  • biometric residence permit (if you have one)
  • UK Visas and Immigration decision letter
  • £34 registration fee in cash
Locations where I can register

Foreign nationals can register at any of the following locations:

  • Bath Foreign National Registration Unit
    One Stop Shop
    3-4 Manvers Street
    Bath
    BA1 1JQ
    01278 645566
    Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 08:00 - 12:45 and 14:00 - 15:15
  • Clifton Foreign National Registration Unit
    2-10 Kings Parade Mews
    Clifton
    Bristol
    BS8 2RE
    01278 645594
    Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 08:30 - 12:45 and 14:00 - 15:15; Friday, 08:30 -12:00
I need to give you my new address

Go to the online registration and appointment portal to make an appointment with us.

When you come to your appointment, you must bring your:

  • Police Registration Certificate
  • Passport
  • Biometric Resident Permit (BRP)
  • UK Visas and Immigration decision letter
I have changed my college, university, job or marital status

Go to the online registration and appointment portal to make an appointment with us.

When you come to your appointment, you must bring your:

  • Police Registration Certificate
  • Passport
  • Biometric Resident Permit (BRP)
  • UK Visas and Immigration decision letter
  • Marriage Certificate
My visa has been updated and I need to inform you

Go to the online registration and appointment portal to make an appointment with us.

When you come to your appointment, you must bring your:

  • Police Registration Certificate
  • Passport
  • Biometric Resident Permit (BRP)
  • UK Visas and Immigration decision letter
I need a replacement Registration Certificate

Your Police Registration Certificate is a legal document

If you have previously registered with us and have either lost, damaged or had your Registration Certificate stolen you must contact us for a new one.

You will be asked to explain how the loss, theft or damage occurred during your appointment.

Only apply for a new certificate when all other methods of finding the certificate have been carried out.  You will be charged for a new certificate.

Go to the online registration and appointment portal to make an appointment with us.

When you come to your appointment you must bring your:

  • Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • UK Visas and Immigration decision letter
  • £34 registration fee (cash only)
I have moved to Avon and Somerset from another police area

If you have already registered with another police force and have now moved to the Avon and Somerset area, you must update your Police Registration Certificate with this information.

Go to the online registration and appointment portal to make an appointment with us.

When you come to your appointment, you must bring your:

  • Police Registration Certificate
  • Passport
  • Biometric Resident Permit (BRP)
  • UK Visas and Immigration decision letter
What if I do not register?

You could be fined £5,000 and jailed for 6 months if you do not register when required to do so.

Late registration could affect any future visa applications

If you have previously registered as a foreign national, you will need to re-register using our new application process.  When using the application for the first time, you will need to use the New Registration option.