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How to become an Assistant immigration officer

Started by Job Hunter, October 17, 2019, 11:00:45 am

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Assistant immigration officers check that people have the right to visit or stay in the UK.

How to become an assistant immigration officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You could do a college course which would teach you some of the skills needed in this role. After you finish your course, you could apply for a trainee assistant immigration officer post.

Relevant courses include:

Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Public Services

Entry requirements to become an assistant immigration officer

You'll usually need:

2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

You could apply to join the Civil Service as an assistant immigration officer. You'll usually need at least 5 GCSEs, including English and maths.

When you apply, you'll:

  • describe your skills and life experience on an application form
  • complete tests of your literacy and numeracy skills
  • take further selection tests and have an interview

Skills needed to become an Assistant immigration officer

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 - Starter
£20,000 - Experienced

Restrictions and requirements

  • be a UK national with no restrictions on your stay
  • be over 18 years of age
  • pass a medical check
  • pass enhanced background checks
  • pass security checks
  • have a driving licence


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