The UK Immigration: ID Check app lets you confirm your identity online as part of a visa application.
If you use this app, you will not have to attend an appointment to confirm your identity.
Who can use the app
• EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss citizens
• British national (overseas) visa (BNO) applicants who have a BNO or Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passport
• Graduate visa applicants who have a UK biometric residence permit (BRP)
Before you start
You must follow the steps in the online application form before using the app.
You will need to be in a well-lit area, so you can take a good quality photograph of yourself.
You will need (one of the following):
• a biometric residence permit (BRP) - if you’re applying for a graduate visa and are not from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or a Swiss citizen, you must use your BRP
• a passport that has a chip (also called a ‘biometric passport’)
You need to use:
• an iPhone 7 or newer
• iOS 13.2 or later
How it works
You will need to:
1. Take an image of your document.
2. Read the chip in your document using your phone.
3. Scan your face using your phone.
4. Provide a photograph of yourself for your digital status.
What happens next
The app only helps confirm your identity. You must still complete the rest of your application. We will tell you how to do this when you finish using the app.
Privacy and security
The app is safe and secure. Your personal information will not be stored in the app or on the phone when you finish using it.
For information on staying safe online please visit the UK Cyber Aware website.
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Ratings and Reviews
Only works on Android not Apple!
I tried to scan over 20 times from 2 different Apple iphones (current iOS etc) and every time it said I had moved the card or the phone and so it didn’t scan. I had not! My friend luckily had an Android and that worked first time. Everything else was the same. Apple said to contact the Home Office and tell them to fix it (what a terrible response - really disappointed Apple!!). Don’t stress yourself. Borrow an Android and you can get through this. (One other caveat - if says you can finish from the email it sends. Don’t count on it. I never did get one and completed on friend’s phone). Apple and Home Office - fix this. There’s a reason Reddit and Google say it isn’t working on Apple!
Horrible app doesn’t work on iPhone
Horrible app, doesn’t work for iPhone, had to click through the option of app doesn’t work then got slapped with another 200£ fee for visiting a visa application center after paying for visa and IHS and not being able to go back. Ridiculous this wasn’t warned beforehand and that if the app had worked, there’s be no need to go and no fee. The uk needs to get their stuff together and stop outsourcing visa offices to foreign companies that are for profits
App doesn’t connect from Safari link
Ridiculous app. It won’t connect from the link in Safari when you press “continue”. It says there is an error and to go back. If you can’t complete the process with the ID Check app you have delete your application and start over. The App Support Link in the Store sends you to a generic Home Office page. Could it be more useless?
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- 190.2 MB
- Requires iOS 13.2 or later.
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