After you apply

You can ask for your passport and other documents to be returned if you’ve sent them with your application but need them urgently.

You might have to cancel your application to get your documents back.

Give your fingerprints and a photo

If you applied in the UK, you’ll get a letter asking you to provide your fingerprints and a photo (your ‘biometric information’).

If your application is approved

You’ll get a biometric residence permit.

You can:

  • work
  • study

You cannot work or study if you’re applying for a visa or extending your stay to get married or become civil partners.

You cannot:

  • usually get benefits or other public funds for you or your dependants
  • apply to settle in the UK until you’re eligible