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Immigration officer

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Immigration officers make decisions on whether people have the right to visit or stay in the UK.

Average salary (a year)

£21,500 Starter

to

£36,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

How to become an immigration officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

College

You could do a college course which would teach you some of the skills needed in this role. After you finish your course you could apply for a trainee immigration officer post.

Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Public Services

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Work

You could join the Civil Service as an assistant immigration officer. Once working, you could apply for a post as an immigration officer when vacancies become avialable.

Direct Application

You could apply directly for immigration officer jobs with the Civil Service. The qualifications and experience you'll need will depend on the exact job you're applying for, but you’ll usually find it useful to have:

  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • a degree for some jobs
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to speak another language

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Further information

You can find more details about working as an immigration officer from Civil Service Careers and UK Visas and Immigration.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • excellent written communication skills
  • 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

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You'll check visitors to the UK are allowed to enter and entitled to stay. You may:

  • watch people and check passports and visas in passport control areas
  • interview people to check they are entitled to stay
  • arrange for people to go back to the country they came from
  • organise places in holding centres, for example for people claiming asylum
  • monitor people and gather information through surveillance work
  • work on joint operations with police and Border Force officials
  • visit and interview people who are suspected of not having the right to remain in the UK
  • collect statistics
  • write reports

Working environment

You could work at an airport, at a border post or at a port.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding and you'll travel often.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a chief immigration officer or higher executive officer in the Civil Service.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

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Courses In England

Public Services BTEC (L2)

  • Provider: WEYMOUTH COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: WEYMOUTH

Public Services First Diploma

  • Provider: BEXHILL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Bexhill on Sea

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