How to become an assistant immigration officer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a college course in public services which would teach you some of the skills needed in this role. After you finish your course, you could apply for a trainee assistant immigration officer post.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could do a Public Service Operational Delivery Officer Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship with the Civil Service.
This usually takes between a year and a year and a half to complete.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could apply to join the Civil Service as an assistant immigration officer. You'll usually need at least 5 GCSEs, including English and maths.
When you apply, you'll need to:
- describe your skills and life experience on an application form
- complete tests of your literacy and numeracy skills
- take further selection tests and have an interview
Experience of working with the public will be helpful. You may also find it useful to speak a second language, although this is not essential.
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