Assistant immigration officer

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What's it like?

You would check that people arriving at UK borders are legally entitled to come here.

If someone is not allowed to stay here then you would arrange for them to leave the country.

You'd check people's passports and identity when they arrive at airports and seaports and apply the rules fairly so that people who are allowed to come here are allowed in.

You'd calmly and clearly explain the situation to people who may be distressed and angry when they are told that they are not allowed to enter the UK.

You would:

  • 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 telephone enquiries

You would work for Border Force - an agency of the UK Home Office - and liaise closely with the police.

Working conditions


You would work 36 hours a week, usually in a shift pattern that includes nights, weekends and public holidays.


Some of your work would be office-based, while some would be in the arrivals hall of an airport or port.


You may travel around the country if taking part in surveillance work.

UK employment status



Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Explaining things
  • Being tactful
  • Communicating ideas through writing
  • Coping with pressure

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Qualifications at SCQF levels 4 to 6.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Modern languages/ESOL
  • Social studies
  • Religious, moral and philosophical studies

You will also need

  • To be over 18 years old
  • Pass written selection tests
  • Be a British citizen or British subject with no restrictions on your stay in the UK
  • Pass background and security checks

Some posts may require you to pass medical checks and have a UK driving licence.

Helpful to have

You will normally need to have lived in the UK for five years before applying.