Give your fingerprints and photo
You’ll be asked to provide your fingerprints and photo (‘biometric information’) 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
- give your signature, or say why you can’t give it
The process takes less than 5 minutes and doesn’t involve any ink or mess. You won’t need to take off your head covering if you wear it for religious or medical reasons.
If you don’t 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
Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or someone over 18 who has legal responsibility for them.
Children don’t need to give their signature. They don’t need to give their fingerprints if they’re:
- under 6 and applying from inside the UK
- under 5 and applying from outside the UK
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, go to:
- a Post Office branch if you’re applying by post - check that the branch offers ‘Home Office biometric enrolment’
- a premium service centre if you’re applying in person
If you’re outside the UK, apply at a visa application centre.
If you’re applying to extend your stay, you must be in the UK to provide your biometric information.
You must pay £19.20 when you give your biometric information at a Post Office branch. Otherwise the cost is included in your application fee.