Posted on August 16 2022
The Police Registration Scheme under UK immigration rules have been dropped on August 4, 2022. This step of the process for international students willing to study in UK to obtain a UK study visa has been dropped.
So, now overseas students aren’t any more required to register their personal details with the UK’s local police force. The UK government’s website has archived an official police registration guide as the policy is no longer in force.
As per UK’s official notice, the new change is also applicable to international students presently studying in the UK who have filed their details with the police. It's also applicable to those who are bound by a condition to register with the UK local police to leave or remain in the UK.
The new step was widely welcomed as it was necessary to remove bureaucracies in the movement of students into the UK. Universities and international students were equivocally asking for the same for some time.
Before the abolishment of the Police Registration Scheme, foreign nationals who want to stay in the UK for over 6 months had to register with the local police within 7 days of arriving in the country.
The students to whom this was applicable came from countries that were specifically listed as those obliged to follow this step. The order to follow this step typically applied to foreigners above 16 years of age and arrived in the UK with a processing fee. It was required for students were obliged to submit their details to the police station nearest to their location in the UK, in person. This was a complicated step for newcomers in the UK in the first week of their arrival.
Besides, it was also an administrative burden on international students. Backlogs in the number of appointments available with the local police were a big issue. This was an extra step in the process for international students as the information about the student was already recorded in the student visa application process.
As a student arriving in the UK from any of the 42 countries listed in Appendix 2, you can check the checklist to answer any doubts you might have regarding your UK immigration status after the policy change:
If you are willing to study in UK, talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the UAE.
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