The National Union of Students has called for an end to the requirement for students to register with police before they begin their courses.
the start of the academic year in the UK and the new intake of students
who have come from outside the European Economic Area are required to register
with the police before they are allowed to start their courses.
students in London are required to register at;
The Overseas Visitors
180 Borough High
There are over 30,000 new students in London
who need to register this year. The office is not able to cope and this has
caused lengthy queues and has resulted in students missing the beginning of
Mariella Nihabi from Brazil told The Guardian that she
had been to Brandon House on three occasions but had been turned away. 'I cannot
attend class until I have registered but this is the third time I have tried
queuing. Today I have been here since 6am, There are people who got here
earlier. It's horrible. We have to wait for hours and pay for the travel each
time. If they want us to register, they could at least ask us to do it at a
police station nearer to where we live.'
Daniel Stevens of the NUS said
'it is absolutely unacceptable that students be asked to queue for hours, often
in terrible weather, and be expected to arrive before 6.30am to have any chance
of being seen.' He said 'There are numerous ways to avoid the distress being
faced by these students including increasing staff numbers, adjusting the amount
of time being given to students to register or creating a ticket system so that
students have defined times to register.'
Mr Stevens said that it was
unclear why students have to register in any event as all their information is
already held by the UK Border Agency.
However, the Metropolitan police website merely advises
students to arrive early but not too early. It asks those queuing not to spend
the night outside the office. It says 'queues are currently starting as early as
12.00am. In the interests of health and safety we would kindly request that you
do not start queuing at this time as it forces us to close our queues as early
An unnamed law student at the London School of Economics told
The Guardian that he had been queuing for four days without success; 'Obviously,
this will damage British universities' reputation. This isn't the only country
that offers international education – the US and Canada do not treat foreign
students like this.'
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