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Change to Police Registration Procedure


The OVRO office at Fettes will be re-opening as of 19/10/20. Due to coronavirus guidance from the Scottish Government they will be changing the registration process.

For initial registrations

All students required to register with the police will need to email them at (they will not be taking bookings face to face or over the telephone) with the following information:

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Place of Study
  • Date of arrival into the UK and where they started their journey
  • If they have quarantined for 14 days and the end date of the quarantine (even if passed)

You will then be given an appointment date and time with specific instructions as to where to attend and what you will be required to bring with you. You will be advised that you must attend this appointment even if you have class scheduled for the same time and you will need to advise your tutors if you require time off for your appointment.  This is in accordance of the terms and conditions of the University's visa sponsorship.

You will be advised that they have a very limited amount of people who can be in the building at any point which will be strictly adhered to therefore they request that you attend your appointment only 5 minutes before hand, if you are any earlier you will not be allowed access to the building nor will you be able to wait outside due to current government guidance. You will be required to leave the building as soon as your registration has been completed and you will not be able to wait in or around the building. 

You need to attend your appointment on your own, unless you have children or are attending with a spouse whom is also registering. 

You will be required to wear a face covering whilst in the building and will only be able to remove it briefly when asked by the registration officer when checking your identity. You will be required to use the hand gel provided in reception when entering and leaving the building.

For those whom have a certificate of registration

As of the same date you will be able to attend your local police station to make changes to your certificate as per normal. They do advise that you do not attend in groups and attend on your own. You will be required to wear a mask within the station and may be refused entry if there are too many people attending at once. Please note that St Leonards and Gayfield Square stations in Edinburgh are open 24 hours per day so you do not need to attend during office hours and can attend at weekends.

No changes will be done at Fettes reception and no one will be seen there without a prior appointment.

For the foreseeable Fettes will not be able to facilitate any change in circumstances and anyone who does not have an appointment will be turned away. Anyone looking to update their certificate should do so at their local police station.

Under no circumstances should a foreign national be attending any police building if they are currently self-isolating or if they have any symptoms of Covid-19. If they have an appointment booked and then develop symptoms or are advised to self-isolate then you should email them to advise of such circumstances and they will re book your appointment. | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App