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Immigration Officer Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Immigration Officer. This page details the following Information:-

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

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Working Duties Expected

Immigration officers are stationed at every point of entry into the United Kingdom to check and monitor people who are arriving and leaving. Officers check the landing cards that are required for non-British and non-European passengers, and establish the purpose of their visit and the length of stay.

If everything is in order officers then allow entry to the country, check and endorse passports and any documents relating to working in this country, and ensure that any other forms that may be required are completed.

If officers are not satisfied that passengers qualify for entry, they interview them for more information, arrange for them to be sent back to their point of departure if they are illegal immigrants, or arrange for them to be sent to a holding area if they claim political asylum.

The work also involves organising surveillance and carrying out intelligence-based activities. Officers may also have to undertake immigration visits to identify people who have no authority to remain in the UK.

Hours and Environment

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

Most officers work indoors.

Skills and Interests

To be an immigration officer you should:

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


Applicants for immigration officer posts require 2 A Levels/ three H grades and 3 GCSEs(A-C)/S grades (1-3) including English language, or equivalent qualifications such as a BTEC/SQA National Certificate/Diploma.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
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. The sensitive nature of the work means that security clearance is required for all posts. You will also be asked to complete a health declaration and attend a medical examination.

Some ability in, or willingness to learn, a foreign or minority language would be useful, but is not essential.

It may be possible to enter the Immigration Service as an assistant immigration officer and gain promotion to immigration officer via promotion boards.

To join the Immigration Service you need to be under 59 years old.

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.

There is 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. The number of officers has increased from 1800 to 2500 and the service is still expanding. Immigration officers are based at over 50 airports and seaports around the UK and at the Channel Tunnel. Officers must be prepared to serve anywhere in the UK. Other positions in the service are assistant immigration officers, administrative officers and executive officers.

As with most positions in the civil service there is a clear promotion route and length of service and suitable annual assessments are important factors.

Immigration officers can either be promoted to the position of chief immigration officer or they can move into the general grades for promotion to higher executive officer.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Salary scales for immigration officers start at £19,000 per year.
Experienced immigration officers can progress to £25,400.
The maximum rate for immigration officers is £27,300.

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 - MM Group
Units 2-5 Lescren Way
BS11 8DG

Other Useful Immigration Officer Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Immigration Officer job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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