What happens at the UK Biometrics Appointment?

Are you applying for a visa and want to know what the UK Biometrics Appointment is for? How you get an appointment or how to reschedule one?

What are Biometrics?

Biometrics is a term given to unique physiological characteristics that aid automatic recognition, any part of you that can provide a DNA sample would be considered a Biometric. They are required for any UK visa application for a visa for longer than 6 months. So, if you are applying for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa or UK Ancestry then attending an appointment will form part of your application.

When are the Biometrics taken?

You will need to make an appointment as part of your visa application to visit a local UK Biometric Testing Centre.

What happens at the Biometrics Appointment?

At your appointment you will have a digital scan of your face taken and also a scan of your fingerprints. You will also need to present your visa application, along with your passport and your supporting documents. Depending on where you are applying from you will either hand everything over or be given instructions to post everything off after the appointment.

Why do you need to submit your Biometrics?

Without biometrics information, your visa will not be processed. They are a mandatory part of your UK Visa application.

How do you make an appointment for your Biometrics?

Once you have completed your online visa you will be taken to a section where you can select an appointment. Depending on the time of year you might be able to get one the same week or you might have to wait a few weeks.

Can I apply for my Biometrics at a different location to where I live?

Yes, if you need to get the fastest appointment available, you can search for other cities and travel to there instead.

What should you take along to the appointment?

When you book your appointment online, you’ll be given a list of what you need to take along with you. But it is basically, your passport, a printed copy of your online visa application, your proof of maintenance and any other relevant support documentation.

Where are the Biometrics Testing Centres?

The following addresses were correct at the time of writing - 19/09/19


  • Adelaide: Dept of Home Affairs , 70 Franklin St, Adelaide ,5000
  • Brisbane: VFS Global Services Australia Pty Ltd. Level 8, 87 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, Queensland 4004
  • Canberra: VFS Global Services Australia Pty Ltd. Level 4, 10 Hobart Place, Canberra, ACT 2601
  • Hobart: Dept of Home Affairs, 188 Collins Street, Hobart 7000
  • Melbourne: VFS Global Services Australia Pty Ltd.Suite 3, Level 13, 55 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
  • Sydney: VFS Global Services Australia Pty Ltd. Suite 2A Level 8, 189 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Perth: VFS Global Services Australia Pty Ltd. Level 3, 267 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000

New Zealand

  • Auckland: Immigration New Zealand, Level 5, MIT Building, 25 Davies Avenue, Manukau City, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Wellington: Immigration New Zealand, 7 Heriot Drive, Porirua, Wellington
  • Christchurch: Immigration New Zealand, Grand Central Building, Level 2, 161 Cashel Street, Christchurch


  • Toronto: VF Service (Canada) Inc. 208 Bloor Street West, Suite 601, Toronto Ontario, M5S 3B4
  • Vancouver: VF Service (Canada) Inc.580 Hornby Street, Suite 440, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2E7 Canada
  • Edmonton: VF Services (Canada) Inc. Suite 531, Scotia Place-Tower-2 , 10060 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5J 3R8 Canada
  • Ottawa: 2211 Riverside Drive, Unit 403, Ottawa Ontario, K1H 7X5
  • Halifax: VF Services (Canada) Inc.Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites by Hilton, 1960 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS, B3J2G7 Canada
  • St Johns: VF Services (Canada) Inc. Smallwood Centre, Room UC-4000, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1 Arctic Avenue, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7

How can I reschedule my Biometrics Apointment?

If you have not yet been to your appointment and it is more than 48 hours away you can reschedule online by logging back into your visa account. If the system is not letting you then our advice is to head along to your local testing centre during their advertised ‘Walk in’ Appointments.

I have missed my appointment, what do I do now?

If the system is not letting you then our advice is to head along to your local testing centre during their advertised ‘Walk in’ Appointments.