The following Immigration guidance note Produced in partnership with Lawrence Youssefian of Goldsmith Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The Secretary of State has wide powers to require foreign nationals to register with the police.
Currently the registration requirement applies to people aged 16 or over who are:
‘relevant foreign nationals’ as listed in the Immigration Rules, Appendix 2
holders of a non-national travel document
and are in the UK with:
limited leave to enter for longer than six months, or
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.
There are, at present, 42 countries/territories included in Appendix 2.
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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