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  • Finding Suitable Work as an Immigration Officer Assistant
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
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Working Duties Expected

Assistant immigration officers are based at air and seaports around the UK, and at the Channel tunnel, and assist in maintaining effective immigration control.

They check passengers'' eligibility to enter and remain in the UK by examining passports and documentation relating to work permits, and by conducting personal interviews.

The work may also involve taking fingerprints, surveillance work, arranging for the removal of those who do not qualify to remain in the UK, and occassionally - with police assistance - taking part in immigration visits.

Record-keeping and clerical work are an important aspect of the work.

Hours and Environment

Most assistant immigration officers work shifts that include nights, weekends and public holidays. A minimum of 36 hours per week is normally worked.

Most of the work is office based. Travel around the country on surveillance work may be necessary.

Skills and Interests

To be an assistant immigration officer you should:

  • be confident
  • be well organised
  • be able to work under pressure
  • have good judgement
  • have excellent organisational and communications skills
  • be able to work well with people
  • have good report-writing skills.


Applicants require five GCSE passes at Grade C or above, including English language, or equivalent qualifications.

You must be a UK National with no restrictions on your stay in the UK and you should normally have lived in the UK continuously for the last five years.

To join the immigration service you need to be under 59 years of age.

The ability to speak other languages is useful, but is not essential.

The sensitive nature of the work means that security clearance is required for all posts.

For further information, see Home Office Recruitment below.


All new recruits undergo an initial period of training at either Heathrow or Gatwick Airport or the port of Dover, followed by further training as required.

In-house training available, plus some external vocational and language courses. The department will sponsor staff for these.


There has been a large expansion programme within the immigration service and the programme is continuing. Assistant immigration officers are based at over 50 airports and seaports around the UK, and at the Channel Tunnel.

As with most positions in the civil service there is a clear promotion route. Promotion to immigration officer is the normal route, for which in-house training is provided.

Most officers stay in one post for several years, but all must be prepared to serve anywhere in the UK.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Assistant immigration officers start at £14,550.
Experienced assistant immigration officers can progress to around £16,150.
The maximum rate for assistant immigration officers is £18,417.

Assistant immigration officers may receive an additional cost of living allowance for working in and around London.

The above salaries include a shift disturbance allowance. Premium payments for working weekends and bank holidays are also available.

Further information

Home Office Recruitment
Grenadier House
99-105 Horseferry Road
Tel: 020 7217 0060 / 0142
Fast Stream: 020 7217 0253

Civil Service Careers
2-4 Lescren Way
BS11 8DG

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