Police registration
Produced in partnership with Lawrence Youssefian of Goldsmith Chambers
Police registration

The following Immigration guidance note Produced in partnership with Lawrence Youssefian of Goldsmith Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Police registration
  • Registration with the police
  • Registration requirements
  • Appendix 2 countries
  • Exemption from registration
  • Dual nationals and holders of specified travel documents and passports
  • Time limits for registration
  • The registration procedure
  • Replacement of a lost PRC
  • Post-registration responsibilities
  • more

Registration with the police

The Secretary of State has wide powers to require foreign nationals to register with the police.

Registration requirements

Currently the registration requirement applies to people aged 16 or over who are:

  1. ‘relevant foreign nationals’ as listed in the Immigration Rules, Appendix 2

  2. stateless, or

  3. holders of a non-national travel document

and are in the UK with:

  1. limited leave to enter for longer than six months, or

  2. limited leave to remain which enables them to remain in the UK for more than 6 months from the date of their arrival

The requirement cannot be applied to a person who has been granted indefinite leave to enter or remain.

Appendix 2 countries

There are, at present, 42 countries/territories included in Appendix 2.

Exemption from registration

The list of relevant foreign nationals in Appendix 2 of the Immigration Rules can be easily changed. For information on how changes are made to the Immigration Rules, see Practice Note: The status of the Immigration Rules. However, Appendix 2 cannot be amended to include Commonwealth citizens, British Protected Persons or Irish nationals unless secondary legislation is also amended.

Equally, nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and their non-EEA family members cannot be required to register with the police as this would be in breach of their free

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