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Assistant immigration officer

Alternative titles for this job include Assistant immigration enforcement officer

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

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter


£29,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become 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

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Direct Application

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

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Career tips

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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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • 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

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As an assistant immigration officer you could:

  • check passports, work permits and take fingerprints
  • interview people entering the UK
  • help immigration officers with surveillance work
  • arrange to remove people who are not allowed to stay in the UK
  • issue forms and carry out clerical work
  • handle enquiries

Working environment

You could work at a border post, at an airport, in an office, at a port or at an outreach centre.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

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

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Public Services First Certificate

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Bexhill on Sea

Public Services Diploma level 2

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Newport

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