You will have to go in person to your nearest visa application centre to provide your biometrics and submit your application.

In some countries, visa application centres are run by UK Visa and Immigration’s commercial partners. While they are in charge of collecting documents and application fees, they are in no way involved in the decision-making process; the decision to grant or refuse a visa is made by the Entry Clearance Officer.

Scheduling an appointment

After submitting your application online or filling in your hard-copy application form, you need to schedule an appointment with your nearest visa application centre.

If you applied online, you will have received an email with full details on how to make the appointment.

You must be at the visa application centre at your scheduled appointment time to submit your hardcopy application form or printed out online application and the required supporting documents, to pay the visa application fee (if you did not already pay it online) and to provide your biometric data.

Only the applicant with the correct name and passport number will be admitted for the appointment. Passports will be checked to verify this.

What to bring with you

At the appointment you will need to provide the original documents and a complete set of photocopies, including:

  • your completed visa application form
  • photocopy of the first page of your passport with your photo and personal identification details
  • all supporting documents provided by your sponsor in the UK
  • all your personal supporting documents
  • all your Dependants’ documents, if you are travelling accompanied

and provide receipt of payment of the visa fee.

Biometric information

At the appointment, you will be required to provide your biometric information (10-digit finger scans and a digital photograph).

All UK visa applicants are required to provide biometric information as part of the visa application process every time they apply for a visa, unless they are exempt.

If you refuse to provide your biometrics, your visa will not be processed.

The finger scans are electronic so no ink, liquid or chemicals will be used. You will have your digital photograph taken at the same time and the whole procedure should take no more than five minutes to complete.

You should make sure that you do not have any decoration (such as henna), or any cuts or other markings on your fingertips before having your finger scans.

You should also make sure that if you have any cuts and bruises on your face, they have healed or disappeared before you have your photograph taken.

Digital photographs must be of your full face and you should not wear sunglasses, a hat or any other head covering (unless you wear it for cultural or religious reasons, but the face must not be covered).

Children under age 5 are not required to provide biometrics as part of the application process. The child does not need to be present upon application submission and the application can be submitted at the time of parent’s visa appointment.