I’m an Immigration Officer based at the Kent Intake Unit in Dover which is part of the National Asylum Intake Unit (NAIU).
Day to day I have a variety of roles, which include asylum screening interviews and face to face enrolment of biometrics. As a first responder, I also make referrals for vulnerable unaccompanied child asylum seekers, victims of modern slavery and asylum seekers who have been through bad experiences either through their journey to the UK or in their own countries. Each role has its own unique set of challenges and rewards.
The wide array of work in NAIU means that no two days are the same. We work with people from all walks of life, including some of the most vulnerable in society. We provide protection to those who need it, through our safeguarding processes and we co-operate with bodies including social services and the police to ensure our protection doesn’t stop when they leave our premises.
Working in the NAIU provides the opportunity to learn in a constantly evolving environment. The work we do shifts in response to the demands of outside forces and as such can change quickly. There are new work streams starting all the time which means I am constantly gaining new knowledge and experiences, learning from these and applying them going forward.
If you are someone who loves to learn, doesn’t want a formulaic repetitive job, loves to interact with people from all walks of life and wants to feel they have made a difference then this job is for you.
I am thoroughly enjoying my time at NAIU and would recommend applying to everyone.