We’re Recruiting Immigration Officers with Language Skills - JOBS NOW CLOSED - Home Office Careers

We are currently recruiting Immigration Officers with language skills, particularly Albanian, Sorani, Arabic, Kurmanji, Pashto/Dari, Tigrinya. These roles will be based in our Operational Response Team in Kent and work predominantly in Dover and Manston (Ramsgate). You can learn more about these roles, including how to apply, below.

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. 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.

These posts are based in the Clandestine Channel Threat Command, which brings together the whole of Government to end the viability of the small boat route. We do this by targeting the criminal gangs who facilitate these crossings and by working with UK and French operational partners to prevent crossings and save lives. This area of work is a top priority for Government. We are committed to saving lives and protecting the vulnerable, improving public confidence in the government’s response to the small boats phenomenon and securing the UK border.

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About the Operational Response Team

The team is at the forefront of the frontline response, tackling the threat from migrants using dangerous routes to enter the UK, particularly small boats crossings. The role will involve close working with the Ministry of Defence, Border Force, Coastguard, Police, National Crime Agency and others in tackling the increased small boat threat, playing a crucial part in the Safety of Lives at Sea operation and initial processing of arrivals.

You will be responding to small boat events and dealing with the arrival of people, some of whom may be vulnerable. Once they have disembarked at the port you will escort them into the holding facility where you will process them. This includes gathering information and ensuring their health and welfare needs are flagged.

This is a 24/7 operation, and the role attracts an Annualised Hours Allowance (AHA) payment. This post attracts a package of up to 48% which you will receive in addition to your base salary. Please note AHA packages are subject to change or review due to business requirements. Shift patterns can include early starts, evening working, night shifts, weekends and public holidays. 

Successful candidates will receive appropriate training and support. 


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

These roles also attract an Annual Hours Allowance of up to 48% of your salary, which is paid on top of your monthly salary.

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

More about the roles

Two Immigration Officers
    • £24,883 – £27,372
    • An Annual Hours Allowance of up to 48% of your salary
  • The role will be based in Kent working predominantly in Dover and Manston (Ramsgate).

  • We are looking for people who:

    • Are motivated, disciplined and organised;
    • show flexibility in dynamic situations within fast-paced operational environments;
    • Are keen to learn and develop;
    • Have a strong sense of personal ethics and honesty;
    • Enjoy engaging with a variety of people from all backgrounds;
    • Can calmly handle difficult and challenging situations;
    • Are passionate about creating an inclusive environment for colleagues to thrive in;
    • Will be robust at enforcing UK immigration law whilst maintaining professionalism and sensitivity.
  • As part of this team, your day-to-day responsibilities would include:

    • Identifying, arresting and detaining people suspected of criminality
    • Searching property and persons including seizing, preserving and recording evidence
    • Conducting a range of interviews, including initial screening and further examination of clandestine entrants detected in ports of arrival/beach landings.
    • High visibility detection patrols in the UK and occasionally along the French coast.
    • Referring suspected facilitators encountered to crime teams for prosecution where appropriate
    • Requisite actions under immigration powers with regard to commercial maritime arrivals, including crew (focussing on insider threat) and stowaways
    • Undertaking the role of Officer In Charge (OIC) including Critical Incident (Bronze) management
    • Contributing to the frontline collection of information to inform development of intelligence products
    • Language skills, particularly Albanian, Sorani, Arabic, Kurmanji, Pashto/Dari, Tigrinya and cultural awareness of communities using these languages.
    • IT, cyber and social media skills, with sound knowledge and experience of using social media platforms.
    • Knowledge or experience of using Office suite including Excel and Outlook
    • Ability to make sometimes difficult decisions, often under pressure
    • Willingness to undertake and successfully complete the Home Office Professional Safety Training to level 3 (PST 3) standard (Arrest Training). This may be delivered at a training centre elsewhere in the UK. PST 3 is designed to provide theoretical and practical knowledge of personal safety, self-defence and security, incorporating physical techniques and voice commands to successfully de-escalate and control incidents.
    • Candidates must also pass a medical test which is conducted to assess a base level of health.
    • Experience of working collaboratively and building strong relationships with a range of stakeholders
    • Experience in producing/delivering high quality written and verbal communications
    • A full, valid driving licence
  • This vacancy is using 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 and improves diversity and inclusivity.

    You will need to submit your application through the online Civil Service recruitment portal, Civil Service Jobs.

    1. CV and Statement of Suitability

    You should submit a statement of suitability explaining, in no more than 500 words, how your skills and experience meet the essential criteria for this role. You should also submit a CV.

     2. The interview

    If you are successful at sift stage you will be invited to an interview. The interview will use a blended approach of strength-based questions (no preparation necessary) and behaviour-based questions (Making effective decisions and Working Together)

  • Please submit your application by 23:55 on Monday 21st November 2022.

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