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Police Registration Removed for Migrants

Migrants coming to the UK no longer need to register with the police as a condition of their immigration.

Previously, certain nationalities of migrant with permission to stay in the UK for longer than 6 months and who were over the age of 16 were required to register with the police on their arrival in the UK, as a condition of their immigration. They also had to notify the police in the event of a change of personal circumstances – for example, a change in residential address or getting married – or run the risk of having an application to extend their stay rejected.

However, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the police have been struggling to cope with a significant backlog – some migrants have had to wait over a year for an appointment. Consequently, on 4 August 2022, the police registration scheme was brought to an end, meaning that migrants are no longer required to register with the police.

Additionally, those migrants who are already registered with police are no longer obliged to notify the police of any changes to their personal circumstances. But despite the cessation of the police registration scheme, migrants with limited leave to remain must still update the Home Office if their personal circumstances change. This can be done here.

If you have any questions about reporting a change in your personal circumstances to the Home Office, please contact us at [email protected]