Assistant Immigration Officer – Pathway


Folkestone, Bedford, Cardiff, Castle Donington, Croydon, Edinburgh, Felixstowe, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Oxford, Plymouth, Portishead, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Stansted, Horley (Gatwick)

Assistant Immigration Officer – Pathway


About The Job


The first duty of the government is to keep citizens safe and the country secure. The Home Office has been at the front line of this endeavour since 1782. As such, the Home Office plays a fundamental role in the security and economic prosperity of the United Kingdom.

The Home Office mission is fundamentally important: to keep Britain’s streets safe and its borders secure. Each and every member of the Home Office plays a part in making that happen.

Immigration Enforcement is an operational command of the Home Office. It was set up on 1st April 2012.

It is responsible for preventing abuse, tracking immigration offenders and increasing compliance with immigration law. It works with partners such as the police to regulate migration in line with government policy, while supporting economic growth.

Job Description

We are looking to recruit Assistant immigration Officers to join our frontline Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) teams and our Reporting and Offender Management Teams (ROM), as and when vacancies arise.

You will become part of a team where the opportunity to learn and develop continues after you have completed the pathway training. You will develop a strong team ethic that will allow you to support your colleagues and achieve the overall objectives of the department.

Working as part of a team of officers looking to detect and apprehend persons unlawfully present in the UK in line with relevant legislation.

Following the successful completion of the pathway training you will be required to act as officer in charge (OIC) for enforcement visits.

Please note full details regarding the training requirements are available in the attached candidate pack.

Diversity & Inclusion

The Home Office is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. 

The role of OIC requires you to:

  • Complete risk assessments
  • Prepare operational orders
  • Direct officers whilst on an enforcement visit
  • Conduct thorough briefings and de-briefings for enforcement visits


Entry level into this pathway is AO grade, there will be the opportunity, performance dependent, to progress to EO grade without having to reapply.

As a result applicants will be required to align their examples/behaviours to the EO level framework.

You will be responsible for (but not limited to):

  • Arresting and detaining immigration offenders
  • The protection and safeguarding of the vulnerable
  • Searching property and persons including collecting, preserving and recording evidence
  • Attending police stations to deal with suspected immigration offenders
  • Gathering intelligence
  • Engaging with communities and partner agencies across government
  • Driving official vehicles

You will also:

  • Attend police stations to detain reportees and transport to immigration removal centres
  • Serve enforcement papers on immigration offenders
  • Write reports and input data onto internal systems and handheld devices
  • Obtain and execute warrants
  • Seize proceeds of crime
  • Serve civil penalties
  • Interview, identify and detain offenders from the reporting population in Home Office accommodation


  • Valid UK Driving Licence (Manual).


  • Mathematics and English GCSE certificates at grades A-C, or equivalents.


  • We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions


We offer a substantial package of benefits which includes but is not limited to:

  • Competitive leave allowances
  • Market-leading pension scheme
  • Career and personal development
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free Eye tests
  • Support and network groups
  • Employee assistance programmes
  • Strong focus on health & well-being
  • Season ticket loans

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.


Application process

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a Personal Statement (Max Word Limit: 750).

Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please note your personal statement should demonstrate your skills and what experience you have that you can transfer to this role. The listed behaviours will also be assessed through through your submitted statement.

Sift will be against the personal statement.

Candidates who progress to interview will be assessed using a blended approach of behaviour and strength based questions.