Overseas Visitors

Advice for overseas visitors and students studying or living in the Leicestershire Police area.

The Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) is the place to visit if you need a Police Registration Certificate (PRC) - an essential part of many foreign nationals’ condition of stay in the UK. Plan your visit using the details below and find out what essential documents you'll need to bring.

It is a legal requirement stated by the Home Office under The Immigration Regulation Act 1971, that, as a condition to remain in the United Kingdom certain foreign nationals are required to register with the police in whose area they are to reside. You must register within seven days of arrival in to the United Kingdom.

This only applies to foreign nationals who have been granted leave to remain for more than six months or where an extension is granted, therefore making the total leave to remain more than six months.

Citizens of the following countries who are admitted to the United Kingdom (UK) may be required to register with the police:

Stateless persons are also subject of the police registration scheme.

Entry clearance officers and immigration officers can, in certain circumstances, impose the requirement to register on national of countries not listed above.

If the following is written on the visa in your passport or on the reverse of your Biometric Residence Permit you must register either within seven days of arriving in the United Kingdom or within seven days of receiving your visa extension from the Home Office:

Where to register in Leicester

Leicestershire Police
Nationality Office
Mansfield House
74 Belgrave Gate

Please note that appointments for the Police Registration Scheme can be made Monday – Friday at our Front Desk at Mansfield House, but the Nationality Office is closed to the public on Wednesdays. However individual appointments for Tier 2 Visa Holders can be made and Tier 2 Visa holders can be seen by emailing nationality@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk in the first instance

Opening Times

Monday - Friday : 08:30 - 15:30

Please note, the nationality office now runs an appointment system it is a first come first serve basis. To attain an appointment you are advised to attend Mansfield House police station to make an appointment for either the day you attend or for another date. Mansfield House Police station is open from 8:00am so please do not attend until that time as you will not be seen until the opening time. Students are advised to vacate the station once the appointment has been made and only return when the appointment is due.

The UK Government has information about who needs to register, how much it costs and the documents you need to provide at the police station. Visit gov.uk to learn more.

Examples of visa and British Residence Permit.

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