When you apply for a visa, settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) or citizenship in the UK, you’ll usually need to use UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS).
Use UKVCAS to provide:
- your biometric information (fingerprints and photo)
- supporting documents for your application
You’ll be told if you need to use UKVCAS when you apply.
What you need to do
You’ll usually need to attend an appointment at a UKVCAS service point to provide your biometric information.
You can provide your supporting documents either by:
- uploading them into the UKVCAS online service
- having them scanned at your UKVCAS appointment
If you’re applying to the EU Settlement Scheme, you must upload your supporting documents when you apply. You will not be able to scan them at your UKVCAS appointment.
When you do not need an appointment
You may not need to attend a UKVCAS service centre if you’re applying for a:
- Student or Child Student visa
- replacement Biometric Residence Card (BRC)
- replacement Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
You must also:
- currently be in the UK
- have previously given UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) your fingerprints - this must have been since 2015 if you’re applying for a Student or Child Student visa
If you do not need an appointment, you’ll get an email explaining how to submit a photo and your documents. If you cannot send the information, you’ll be able to book an appointment.
Making your appointment
You’ll need to create a UKVCAS account when you apply and make your appointment online.
If you cannot go to an appointment because you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or because you are self-isolating, it will not affect your immigration status.
Service point locations and costs
You can only attend a service point if you have an appointment.
Check if there have been any changes to your service point location because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
How much you pay depends on the type of service point and whether you need extra services.
You can pay extra for:
- out of hours or weekend appointments
- next day or same day appointments if your application is urgent
- extra services, for example document translation or an interpreter
Find out about extra fees and services from UKVCAS.
Biometric information fee
It costs £19.20 to give your biometric information if you are applying to extend your visa or switch to another visa while already in the UK. You’ll pay as part of your application.
You’ll still need to pay the fee if UKVI are able to reuse the fingerprints you’ve given before.
You do not have to pay the charge if you are applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.
When you go to your appointment, you’ll need to bring:
- a printed copy of your appointment confirmation document with a QR code
- your passport or travel document
- other supporting documents (unless you’ve already uploaded them online)
You’ll get a list of supporting documents you need to provide when you submit your application.
If your application includes family members, you must all go to an appointment together.
Children under 16
Children under 16 must go to the appointment with the person named as the ‘responsible adult’ on their application.
The responsible adult must bring photo ID with them. This must be a:
- photo driving license
- national identity card
- UK Biometric Residence Permit
If the responsible adult is not the parent or legal guardian (for example they are a member of staff from the child’s school) they must also bring written proof of responsibility for the child from:
- the parent or legal guardian
- a registered foster carer or social services representative
Getting a decision
You will not get a decision on your application at your appointment. How long a decision takes depends on what you applied for.