Documents you must provide

When you apply you must provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel document
  • 2 passport size colour photographs of yourself and any dependants included in your application
  • birth certificates or other documents to prove your relationship to the person you’re the primary carer or child of, for example a legal guardianship order
  • a passport size colour photograph of the person you’re the primary carer or child of

Read the application guidance for a list of documents you can provide.

You’ll need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.

Apply as a primary carer

If you apply as a primary carer, you also need documents about the person you care for. You must provide proof:

  • of their current immigration status, for example their passport, birth certificate or adoption certificate
  • they are dependent on you, for example court orders or care responsibilities
  • they are living in the UK, for example tenancy agreements, utility bills or bank statements
  • that ‘self-sufficient’ children who are European Economic Area (EEA) nationals are financially independent and have full health insurance in the UK

Apply as the child of an EEA national who stops work or leaves the UK

If you apply as the child of an EEA national who stops work or leaves the UK, you must also show that:

  • you’re in education in the UK, for example a letter from the school, college or university
  • you were in education in the UK when your EEA parent was living in the UK, for example a letter from your school, college or university, and your parent’s tenancy agreement or utility bill
  • your EEA parent was working in the UK at the same time you were in the UK, for example their payslips or a letter from their employer

Biometric information for non-EEA nationals

Each non-EEA national applying must also provide their biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). This costs £19.20.

You can give your biometric information at certain Post Office branches.

You’ll need to:

  • have a digital photo taken of your face
  • put your fingers on a glass screen to be scanned
  • give your signature

The process takes less than 5 minutes and does not involve any ink or mess.


Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or someone over 18 who has legal responsibility for the child. If the responsible adult is not the parent or guardian, they must be named on the application form.

Children under 6 do not need to provide fingerprints but must have a digital photo taken of their face.

If you have a medical or physical condition

If you do not have any fingers or hands you’ll 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.

If you or any dependants need any special arrangements to give your biometrics, you need to send a letter from your doctor with your application. The letter must include the details of your condition and any special arrangements you may need.