Immigration officer

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 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) 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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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

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

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • interviewing people entering the country
  • arranging for people to go back to the country they came from
  • organising places in holding centres, for example for people claiming asylum
  • monitoring people and gathering information through surveillance work
  • working on joint operations with police and Border Force officials
  • visiting and interviewing people who are suspected of not having the right to remain in the UK

Working environment

You could work at an airport building, at a border entry point or at a port.

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

Career path and progression

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

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an immigration officer right now.

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Courses In England

Public Services - Level 2 Diploma

  • Provider: Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
  • Start date: 08 September 2020
  • Location: London

Public Services - Level 3 Triple Diploma

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Blackpool

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