Who can use the UK immigration ID check app?

15 Nov 2022, 58 mins ago

UK Immigration: ID Check’ is a smartphone application designed to check an individual’s identity when applying to work, study, or live in the UK. This application allows applicants to skip the requirement to attend an in-person appointment at the Visa Application Centre and complete their identity check virtually. 

Essentially, this application checks that your identity documents are genuine and belong to you. To use this application, you will need either your biometric passport or your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), depending on the type of application you are applying for, and a compatible smartphone. You will only be able to complete your identity verification once you have begun your application online on GOV.UK. During the submission process you will be told to switch to the app to complete your ID check.

The identity verification process contains multiple stages, including scanning your face and chip in your identity document. All stages should be completed in one sitting.

Once your identity is confirmed, you will be redirected to continue and complete your application form online. Once submitted, you can exit the application and remove the app from your smartphone if you wish – this will not affect or cancel your completed identity verification.

Please note that if you are applying for the EU Settlement Scheme, you will be required to use a different smartphone application, namely the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ application.

Guidance: Using the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app

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