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Foreign Nationals Registration

If you’re a foreign national, you may need to register with us shortly after you arrive. If this is the case, it should be written on your entry-visa vignette (an extra page stuck in your passport), biometric residence permit (BRP) or your Home Office letter approving your application for leave.

Find out more below about who needs to register with us, who is exempt and how to get a police registration certificate (PRC).

Please note

If you don’t register with the police when you're required to do so, that is an offence under Section 26(1) (f) of the Immigration Act 1971. You could be fined up to £5,000 and/or put in prison for six months.

Your current or any further application for stay in the UK could also be affected.

 

Do I need to register with the police?

If you need to register with the police on your arrival in the UK, it should be written on your entry visa vignette, biometric residence permit or Home Office letter approving your application for leave. We can’t register you if you don’t have a requirement in writing on any of these documents.

You’ll need to register with us if you’re 16 or older, and are from one of these countries:

Afghanistan

Cuba

Libya

Syria

Algeria

Egypt

Moldova

Tajikistan

Argentina

Georgia

Morocco

Tunisia

Armenia

Iran

North Korea

Turkey

Azerbaijan

Iraq

Oman

Turkmenistan

Bahrain

Israel

Palestine

UAE

Belarus

Jordan

Peru

Ukraine

Bolivia

Kazakhstan

Qatar

Uzbekistan

Brazil

Kuwait

Russia

Yemen

China*

Kyrgyzstan

Saudi Arabia

 

Colombia

Lebanon

Sudan

 

*Note: A person who holds a passport issued by the Special Administrative Region of either Hong Kong or Macao is classed as a Chinese national and needs to register.

Some 30-day visas require you to register with the police.

If this is the case it will be written on the visa. It may say:

  • ‘Pol Reg’ or
  • ‘Police Registration’ or
  • ‘Register with Police in seven days of UK entry’

Please check to be sure.

If you are already registered but have moved to another area

If you're moving to Norfolk for the first time after having registered with another police force in the UK, you now need to register with the FNRO.

 

Who doesn't need to register with the police?

If you have dual nationality with one country in the list above and one country that is not, you don’t need to register with the police.

Likewise, you don’t need to register if you have permission to live permanently in the UK, are the family member of an EEA citizen, or are visiting on a temporary visa as one of the following:

  • an agricultural worker
  • a private servant in a diplomatic household
  • a minister of religion, a missionary or a member of a religious order
  • the partner of a person settled in the UK
  • a person with access rights to a child resident in the UK
  • the parent of a child at school
  • an accepted asylum seeker

If any of the above apply to you and you’ve been given a requirement to register with the police, this may be a mistake. You can contact the Home Office to ask about the requirement it gave you. 

 

What is a police registration certificate?

A police registration certificate (PRC) is a document that proves you’ve complied with the requirement of your visa. We’ll issue one to you at the end of your registration process.

Your PRC may be accepted as proof of identity in the UK. However, we don’t recommend you carry it with you. Please keep it in a safe place with your passport and travel documents.

If a police officer asks you to produce your PRC, you then have 48 hours to show your PRC at any police station.

 

How to register

The Foreign Nationals Registration Office (FNRO) is the place to visit if you live in Norfolk and have been required to register with the Police, an essential part of many foreign nationals’ visa conditions. This includes students.

You can't register at any police station: you must make an appointment. You can do this by emailing [email protected]

We aim to respond to your email within 3 working days, please do not email to chase unless you have not had a reply within this time.

Please don't call or visit a Police station without an appointment.

You will also need to complete the Foreign Nationals Registration form, along with any other documents you are required to bring, Please check below for a list of what to bring with you to your Police Registration Appointment.

 

Opening times for appointments

Currently registrations are being held at Bethel St Police Station, Norwich, NR2 1NN

Monday to Friday: 10:00hrs to 16:30hrs
Saturday and Sunday: closed
UK public holidays and bank holidays: closed

Appointments take about 20 minutes.

Please don't call or visit a Police station without an appointment.

 

When to attend

You must contact the FNRO to register within seven days of arriving in Norfolk. This is important, because if you don't you may face:

  • a £5,000 fine
  • a prison sentence
  • recommendation of deportation
  • a ten-year ban on entering the UK

We'll give you your PRC at the end of the appointment, after your completed registration.

 

When your details change

If you change any of your personal or contact details whilst studying or working in Norfolk, you'll need to re-register with the FNRO.

You can do this by emailing: [email protected]

You must report any of the following changes within seven days:

  • change of address
  • change of college/university/course
  • change of occupation
  • change in marital status
  • new landing conditions (re-entry visa)
  • new passport details
  • children once they are aged 16 or over
  • exemption from Police Registration

 

If you lose your certificate

If you've lost your police registration certificate, please make an appointment in the same way. We'll ask you about why and how you lost it, before we can consider issuing you a new one. You can do this by emailing: [email protected]

Please see our full checklist below of what to bring with you to your Police Registration Appointment when you visit the FNRO.

 

Facilities

The FNRO has no toilets or baby changing facilities.

The FNRO has no printing, copying or photo facilities.

We don't allow pets inside the FNRO, except guide dogs.

Please note

It is a criminal offence in the UK to carry guns, knives, CS gas, offensive weapons and classified drugs such as cannabis, marijuana or hashish.

If you're found carrying any of the above items at the FNRO you could face criminal charges.

 

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Registering for the first time

If you are registering for the first time you will need bring with you the following:

  • Your completed registration form (see download box on this webpage)
  •  Passport or travel document (containing your visa vignette)
  • 2 x UK passport-sized photo (45mm x 35mm)
  • Biometric Residence Permit (also known as BRP) if you have one
  • Letter from the Home Office (If BRP applied in the UK)
  • Proof of work or study (confirmation letter from university/CAS or employment contract
  • Proof of your full home address (such as a tenancy agreement, bank statement or utility bill)
  • £34 payable in person and only in cash.

 

Updating a change in particulars

If you are updating your Police Registration Certificate you will need to bring the following:

  • Biometric Residence Permit (also known as BRP) if you have one
  • Letter from the Home Office (If BRP applied in the UK)
  • Proof of work or study (confirmation letter from university/CAS or employment contract
  • Proof of your full home address (such as a tenancy agreement, bank statement or utility bill)

If you have previously registered with another Police force and have moved to Norfolk, you will also need to bring 1x passport sized photograph.

 

Replacement Police Registration Certificate

If you need to replace your Police Registration Certificate due to loss, theft or damage you will need to follow the instructions for registering for the first time.