Immigration Officers: JOB NOW CLOSED - Home Office Careers

We’re currently recruiting for over 300 Immigration Officers based in more than 20 locations across the country. 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. We have a focus on bringing to justice those who exploit the vulnerable, for example in cases of modern slavery and human trafficking.

Two Immigration Officers

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. Both of these requirements are compensated by an Annual Hours Allowance, which can be significant.

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 be willing to drive official vehicles.

You will be working in a fast-paced environment and 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. However, this doesn’t affect your salary, which is fully paid from the outset.


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 flexible working and 25 days annual leave on appointment, rising with service.

These roles also attract an Annual Hours Allowance of between 27% and 49% 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 Office with an official vehicle

  • National: £24,883 min, £27,372 max

    London: £28,654 min, £31,519 max

    London Provincial (this is only for Horley [Gatwick]): £25,773 min, £28,349 max.

    In addition, these roles attract a shift working allowance (AHW) which is currently between 27-49%, dependant on role and location.

  • 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
  • No experience is required but we do expect you to meet the following criteria. You:

    • Must be – or willing to be – arrest trained.
    • Will need to be physically fit and will be required to pass a health assessment and annual arrest training refreshers course.
    • Must be able to confidently manage potentially difficult and challenging situations with limited supervision, whilst maintaining professionalism and sensitivity.
    • Must have sound people and communication skills and thrive when working as part of a team.
    • Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with your team, internal & external partners and the public.
    • Must have the ability to think in an objective and analytical manner with the capability to effectively organise and plan.
    • Must be flexible, adaptable and creative in solving problems, dealing with change and have a strong sense of personal integrity and honesty.
    • 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, and will consider whether an exemption applies.
  • This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability and Experience. 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.    Online tests

    For the initial part of the application, you will be requested to complete an online Civil Service Situation Judgement Test and Verbal Reasoning Test. Candidates who successfully pass these tests will be invited to continue with their application. Candidates are encouraged to take the tests 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 (Maximum 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 an online interview. The interview will use a blended approach of strength-based questions (no preparation necessary) and behaviour-based questions.

  • A location-based reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for 12 months. Should another role become available within that period you may be offered this position.

    When completing your application, you will have the opportunity to select your preferred location(s). Please ensure you select all locations you are interested in. Candidates who are successful at Interview will be placed in order of merit per location and provisional job offers will be made in strict merit order per location preference. Provisional offers are made, as they are on condition that you successfully pass all pre-employment checks.