Assistant immigration officer

Assistant immigration officers check that people have the right to visit or stay in the UK.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£18,500 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become an Assistant immigration officer

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


It may be possible to work towards this role through an advanced apprenticeship as a public service operational delivery officer.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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Direct application

You can apply directly to become an assistant immigration officer (AIO). Employers usually ask for some GCSE passes. 

When you apply, you will:

  • complete an application form, describing your skills and life experience
  • take tests to examine your literacy and numeracy skills
  • take further selection tests and complete an interview

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Career tips

Previous experience of working with the public will be helpful. You may also find it useful to speak another language, although this is not essential.

Further information

The Civil Service and Border Force have more details about careers and recruitment.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • be a British citizen or British subject with no restrictions on your stay in the UK
  • have lived in the UK for the last 5 years
  • pass a medical check
  • pass enhanced background checks
  • pass security checks

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • checking passports and work permits
  • interviewing people entering the UK
  • taking fingerprints
  • helping immigration officers with surveillance work
  • arranging to remove people who are not allowed to stay in the UK
  • issuing forms and carrying out clerical work
  • dealing with airlines and shipping companies
  • handling telephone enquiries

Working environment

You could work in an office, at a port or at an airport building.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to immigration officer, and then on to higher management posts.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Hull City Council Transformation & Change Office Apprentice

  • Wage : £136.90 Weekly
  • Location: Hull HU1 2AG

Apprentice Customs Assistant Officer

  • Wage : £19,160.00 - £20,640.00 Annually
  • Location: Milton Keynes MK17 8EW

Courses In England

Extended Diploma in Public Services (QCF) (Ambulance, Police, Fire, Prison, Customs, Armed Forces, Public Services)

  • Provider: Barking & Dagenham College
  • Start date: 04 September 2019
  • Location: Romford

Public Services - Diploma In Public Services (Qcf)

  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Turnford

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