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Assistant immigration officer

Assistant immigration officers check that people have the right to visit or stay in the UK.

Annual Salary

£18,533 to £21,330

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

41 to 43 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on shifts

0.1%
Future employment

There will be 0.1% fewer Assistant immigration officer jobs in 2026.

Day to day tasks

In this role you could:

  • check passports and work permits
  • interview people entering the UK
  • take fingerprints
  • help immigration officers with surveillance work
  • arrange to remove people who are not allowed to stay in the UK
  • issue forms and carry out clerical work
  • deal with airlines and shipping companies
  • handle enquiries

Working environment

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at a border post, at an airport, in an office, at a port or at an outreach centre.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • 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 assistant immigration officer post.

Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 or Level 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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Apprenticeship

You could do a public service operational delivery officer advanced apprenticeship with the Civil Service.

This typically takes 12 to 18 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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Direct application

You could apply to join the Civil Service as an assistant immigration officer. You'll usually need at least 5 GCSEs, including English and maths.

When you apply, you'll:

  • describe your skills and life experience on an application form
  • complete tests of your literacy and numeracy skills
  • take further selection tests and have an interview

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

Experience of working with the public will be helpful. You may also find it useful to speak a second language, although this is not essential.

Further information

You can find out more about how to become an assistant immigration officer from Civil Service Careers and Border Force.

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Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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