How to become an immigration officer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- 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 immigration officer post.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could start as a trainee immigration officer and do a Public Service Operational Delivery Officer Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship with the Civil Service.
With qualifications and experience, you could move on to immigration officer roles.
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 join the Civil Service as an assistant immigration officer. Once working, you could apply for a post as an immigration officer when vacancies become available.
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 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