Assistant immigration officer

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

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£20,000 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:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could do a college course which would teach you some of the skills needed for the role, and then apply for a trainee job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Public Services
  • Level 3 Diploma in Public Services

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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You could work towards this role by doing a public service operational delivery officer advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct application

You can apply directly to become an assistant immigration officer. Employers usually ask for some GCSEs, including English and maths.

When you apply, you'll:

  • 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

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

You can find out more about how to become an assistant immigration officer from Civil Service Careers and Border Force.

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
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

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 enquiries

Working environment

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

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

You could become an immigration officer or move to other posts in the Civil Service.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Environmental Health and Community Safety Support Officer Apprentice

  • Wage : £11,512.80 Annually
  • Location: Epsom KT18 5BY

Business Administration Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £144.30 Weekly
  • Location: Hull HU1 3DT

Courses In England

Public Services - Diploma In Public Services (Qcf)

  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Turnford

Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services (QCF) (public services)

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

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