Career outlook for immigration officer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would check that people who arrive in the UK are allowed to come here. You’d make sure that people who come from abroad obey the rules for living and working in this country.
You’d work at airports and seaports and check the landing cards of non-British and non-European passengers. You’d find out why they are visiting and how long they intend to stay. You’d apply the rules fairly so when someone is entitled to come here you would approve their passport and any work documents.
If you decide a person does not qualify to enter the country, you could:
- Interview them to get more information
- Arrange for them to go back to their point of departure
- Organise a place in a holding area, for example, when a person is claiming asylum
You could also check when you suspect someone has stayed longer than they are allowed or has not stuck to the rules of their visa.
- Organise surveillance
- Carry out intelligence-based activities
- Visit and interview people who are suspected of having no right to remain in the UK
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 stay.
You’d also check people who are leaving the country.
You would work for Border Force - an agency of the UK Home Office - and liaise closely with the police.
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