Coming to an identity check in the UK

Attending an identity check

If we approve your application, we'll invite you to book your place at an identity check. These take place at our offices in Manchester and London.

You must have an identity check in the UK before we can grant your application.

At the identity check we'll take your photograph and check your original documents. 

How do I arrange to come for an identity check?

You have six months to attend an identity check once we have approved your application. If you live overseas, please make sure you can come to the UK in time for your identity check.

We'll also ask you to book a place on a Welcome to UK practice event. You might want to arrange this for the same day.

What if I can’t attend within six months?

We can't extend the time limit for the identity checks for any reason. For more information about this, see our guidance on identity checks.

How coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected our ID checks

We've had to make some changes to the way we run our ID checks to comply with the UK Government's guidance on social distancing.

See our guidance on attending your identity check for more information.