We’re Recruiting 75 Immigration Officers in London and Croydon - JOBS NOW CLOSED - Home Office Careers

The Home Office works to build a safe, fair and prosperous UK. We achieve this through our work on counter-terrorism, policing, fire, crime, drugs policy, immigration and passports.

We’re currently recruiting for 75 Immigration Officers based in London and Croydon. You can learn more about these roles, including how to apply, below. The closing date for applications is 23:55 on Monday 28th November 2022.

Immigration Enforcement Officer

Immigration Enforcement is an operational command of the Home Office, which works with law enforcement and cross-government partners to tackle serious and organised immigration crime. We have a focus on bringing to justice those who exploit the vulnerable, for example cases of modern slavery and human trafficking.

What do Immigration Officers do?

Immigration Officers work with partners nationwide to enforce immigration laws, protecting the vulnerable and apprehending illegal migrants and Foreign National Offenders.

Our teams operate 365 days a year so you will be required to work a range of shifts, including unsociable hours, weekends and public holidays. You will need to be flexible to undertake short notice shift changes. There may be a requirement to undertake some travel across the UK and overseas, and you will need a full UK manual driving licence and a willingness to drive official vehicles.

You will be working in a fast-paced and pressurised working environment and you will need an eye for detail and the ability to work within the confines of legislation, policy and procedure. You will also need to have strong personal resilience as the work we do can be mentally and physically demanding.

You will be required to undertake and pass the Pathway training programme, which uses a blended learning approach and typically takes between 12-18 months to complete.


We offer competitive starting salaries – further details below – a Civil Service Pension with employer contribution rates of at least 26.6%, and a range of other brilliant benefits including 25 days annual leave on appointment, rising with service.

These roles also attract an annual hours allowance of between 21% and 35% of your salary depending on location and role, which is paid on top of your monthly salary.

Find out more about some of the other benefits we offer..

More about the roles

Immigration Enforcement Officer
    • Croydon
    • London
    • £29,750 – £31,950

    These roles also attract an annual hours allowance of between 21% and 35% of your salary depending on location and role, which is paid on top of your monthly salary.

  • No experience is required but we do ask you possess the following essential criteria:

    • You must be – or be willing to be – arrest trained.
    • You must be willing to work shifts.
    • You will need to be physically fit and will be required to pass a health assessment and annual arrest training refreshers.
    • You must be able to confidently manage potentially difficult and challenging situations with limited supervision, whilst maintaining professionalism and sensitivity.
    • You must have sound people and communication skills and thrive when working as part of a team.
    • You must be flexible, adaptable and creative in solving problems, dealing with change and have a strong sense of personal integrity and honesty.
    • You must be committed to continuous self-improvement and seeking out learning opportunities, to improve you own knowledge.
    • You must hold a full, UK manual driving licence, unless you have a disability which precludes you from this, in which case, please contact the recruitment team to discuss further, who will consider whether an exemption applies.
  • As an Immigration Officer, your day-to-day responsibilities could include:

    • Identifying, arresting and detaining immigration offenders
    • Searching property and persons including collecting, preserving and recording evidence
    • Gathering intelligence
    • Engaging with communities and partner agencies across government
    • Conducting briefings and de-briefings for enforcement visits
    • Writing reports and inputting data on internal systems and handheld devices
    • Occasional overseas and internal escorting
    • Driving official vehicles in line with your duties
  • We will assess you against this behaviour during the selection process:

    • Communicating and Influencing
  • This vacancy uses Success Profiles and will assess your Strengths, Ability, Experience and Behaviours. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

    You will submit your application through the online civil service recruitment portal: Civil Service Jobs.

    1.  Online tests
    For the initial part of the application, you will be requested to complete an online Civil Service Judgement Test and Verbal Reasoning Test. Candidates who successfully pass the test will be invited to continue with their application. Find out more about Civil Service Online tests

    Candidates are encouraged to take the test early in the process to ensure they can complete their application in a timely manner.

    2.  Statement of Suitability
    You should submit a Statement of Suitability (Max Word Limit: 500) which explains why this appointment interests you and provide evidence of how you meet the essential criteria set out above as well as how your personal skills, qualities and experience make you suitable for the role.

    3.  The interview
    If you are successful at sift stage you will be invited to interview, which will be held in person (location to be confirmed). The interview will use a blended approach of strength-based questions (no preparation necessary) and behaviour-based questions.

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