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What is 'biometric' information?  

All UK visa applicants, save for those benefiting from a limited number of exemptions and exceptions, are required to provide biometric data (10-digit finger scans and a digital photograph) as part of the application process. 

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

Your visa application will not be processed until you have provided the necessary biometric information.  The finger scans are electronic so staff do not need to use any ink, liquid or chemicals.  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).

2)Can I come to live permanently in the UK?  

If you are not a British, European Economic Area (EEA), or Swiss national and you wish to settle permanently in the UK, you must qualify under the Immigration Rules, which can be found on the UK Border Agency website and must obtain a visa before you travel to the UK. For more information see our guidance notes.


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