Give your fingerprints and photo
You’ll be asked to provide your fingerprints and photo (‘biometric information’) if you’re getting a biometric residence permit (BRP) as part of your visa or immigration application.
You need to:
- have a digital photo taken of your face
- put your fingers on a glass screen to be scanned
The process takes less than 5 minutes and does not involve any ink or mess. You will not need to take off your head covering if you wear it for religious or medical reasons.
If you do not have any fingers you only need to have a digital photo taken of your face. It will be noted on your records that you’re physically unable to provide fingerprints.
What children need to do when they give their biometric information
Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or someone over 18 who has legal responsibility for them.
Children do not need to give their fingerprints if they are under 5 when they apply.
Where to provide your biometric information
Where you give your biometric information depends on how you’re making your visa or immigration application.
If you’re applying from within the UK, you’ll usually go to one of the following:
- a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point
- a Service and Support Centre (SSC)
- a Post Office branch
If you’re outside the UK, you’ll be asked to go to a visa application centre.
Most overseas UK visa application centres are open, but some are closed until further notice because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Check with your local visa application centre for the latest information on the services they’re offering.
If you’re applying to extend your stay or switch to a different visa, you must be in the UK to provide your biometric information.
It costs £19.20 to give your biometric information (or reuse it if you’ve provided it before) if you apply from within the UK.
If you apply from outside the UK the cost is included in your application fee.