Police Registration of Global Talent Visa Recipient

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Recipients, who are Citizens of some countries must register on arrival to the United Kingdom

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Police Registration is an important requirement for Global Talent Visa recipients from specific countries. Not for all exceptional talents and exceptional promises. Why do some UK immigrants need to register at the police? How to do it quickly and correctly? Particularly, if you have a job or other time restrictions. Let’s consider a real case based on my experience.

Police Registration as an Obligation

First of all, when I got my Exceptional Talent Visa vignette in passport I had this. It was a simple sentence: “Register with Police in 7 days of UK entry”. I knew that similar requirement existed for Tier 4 Student Visa. Hence, I was slightly surprised to see this obligation in Global Talent Visa as well.

Additionally, I’ve got a question from one of my readers.

Hi Andrei, I am from China. I got my Endorsement and also visa in the passport, but it says that “Register with Police in 7 days of UK entry”. As I understand, I must provide my home address and proof of job.

But I am not sure that I will find a permanent flat so quickly.

And also I am a freelancer now and not looking for any job in the UK. What can I do with this?

Exceptionally Talented Reader of the Blog

To understand why do we need to get police registration, let’s start from the beginning.

Police and Immigration

Police in the UK is different for each region: England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Depending on the area you plan to live, the rules can be not the same as in London (or England and Wales). There are 45 police forces in the UK.

At the same time, the task for the police is identical for any area: to protect individuals, identify the wrong doers of crime and ensure successful prosecutions against those who went against the law.

Police registration is important part of immigration rules in the United Kingdom. Photo Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona
Police is responsible for monitoring the immigrants for their behaviour and criminal history in the United Kingdom. Photo Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona

As one of the tasks for police is to control immigration in terms of its impact on organised crime, terrorism and overall legal enforcement. Police works closely with Home Office in identifying criminals and limiting their abilities to enter the UK.

Hence, a person, who got Global Talent Visa, is a subject of their monitoring. Sorry to call you a “subject” (I am the “subject” as well :)). But when you’ll see hundred or thousands of people, who wait for police registration… Then you understand that we are the “subject” for this part of police routine.

Why Do You Need to Register at the Police?

We are pretty lucky with you if you have need to get police registration. There is a list of the countries that is not entirely trustful for the UK. Most of these countries are developing countries. And I must say that this list is pretty similar to one more list. In particular, tuberculosis test requirements. In other words, welcome to the club of low-income countries with specific issues related to health and law enforcement.

Hence, the citizens of these countries must register at the police. The period for registration is different but varies between a week or two after the arrival. Precise time is stated in each individual visa.

My Own Police Registration as an Example

In my case, I came to London in November. It was a cold month when many students on Tier 4 General visa from the same list of countries must register. Hence, I had long queues and hours of waiting at the Police Station at Borough High Street. Its official title is The Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO).

Basically, the procedure is the following:

  1. you come to the Police Station;
  2. you get your ticket with a number;
  3. then you wait till your number is called.

In jam-packed days, you will get your ticket for a couple of days in advance. For example, I came on November 12 but got the ticket for November 21. Then, on November 21 there was smaller queue.

What do you need to have with you for police registration:

  1. your passport;
  2. your BRP (if you have it);
  3. proof of address;
  4. £34 in cash

That is why I believe that you must make your first, introductory visit to the mentioned Police Station. Then you’ll clarify how to register quicker and in the most efficient manner. In my own case, I spoke with the police officer, who was given tickets, about my circumstances. It was a great help since he explained me the basics.

Finally, after the first visit to the police for registration you’ll need to go to them regularly. For example, when you’ll change your employer, move house or get married. Hence, try do make the first experience good to be happy to come back there.

UK address for Police Registration

You definitely cannot register without the UK address. So be ready that the police officer may allow you to postpone your registration until you find a permanent place.

The job is not a problem at all and is not strictly required. Moreover, you will always have an option to register a change in your status (finding a new job is one of the reasons you must go to your local police to log the change).

But I am sure nobody on the Internet can provide you with appropriate advice. Hence, please, go to the Police and you will get your answer.

By the way, the police officers there are quite friendly and understanding the difficulties. I found them supporting and got mainly positive feedback about OVRO.

However, if you still have any questions about your Global Talent Visa or the application to get Endorsement, please, let me know.

Please, pay your attention that Talent Visa Help is not updated anymore. Starting from January 5, 2021, I don't proofread drafts of Personal Statements, Letters of Recommendation or any supporting documents. Also, I do not answer individual questions either via email or Linkedin. For more details, go to the Global Talent Visa Help Updates.

Please, donate to this page if Talent Visa Help was useful for you.

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Author: Andrii Seleznov

TalentVisaHelp is an independent project to help more talents and promises to come to the United Kingdom. This project is created by Andrii Seleznov, Tier 1 Exceptional Promise visa recipient and Tech Nation Visa Ambassador in past. Andrii is an experienced entrepreneur, professional engineer and technical founder at Petiole. Additionally, Andrii is an Alumni Mentor at GIST Tech-I Competition and winner of local agritech Hackathons in Ukraine.

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