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UK – Police Registration Scheme Suspended

Under the UK Immigration Rules, specified foreign nationals are subject to an immigration condition that requires them to register with the police, and thereafter to notify the police when their circumstances change (such as changing employment, residential address, or immigration status).

As of 4th August 2022, this requirement has been suspended.

Home Office guidance on the requirement to register with the police was archived online on 4 August 2022, and the notification refers to it ceasing to apply to foreign nationals entering and residing in the UK.

Announcements published on 8 August, indicate that the reason for the change is that ‘the registration scheme in its current form is outdated and no longer provides any public protection benefit’. Pre-visa approval screening of prospective migrants means that individuals of concern are captured earlier in the process, and any data captured by the registration requirement is, in any event, already provided in other formats by the individual. It is therefore already accessible to the Home Office.

Individuals already in the UK and registered with the police are no longer required to communicate any changes to their personal circumstances to the police.

Individuals who have been issued with a condition requiring them to register with the police, but who are yet to travel to the UK, will have their visa reissued, or be notified of the changes in advance of their travel.

When applying for further leave to remain in the UK, individuals are no longer required to submit a copy of the police registration certificate with their application.

Any changes, such as changes of address, should still be communicated to the Home Office online at: Report a change of circumstances if you have a visa or BRP: You’re in the UK and have a BRP – GOV.UK (

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