International students are queuing throughout the night in a bid to register with the police before the legal time limit passes (video).
Overseas students need to register with the police within seven days of their arrival. But increased demand – especially in London, where around 30,000 students are waiting to collect a police registration certificate (PRC) – has left officials unable to cope.
Mariella Nihabi, 18 from Brazil, has missed the first few days of her course at London College of Fashion because of the delays. “I cannot attend class before 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.