Immigration Officers

Immigration Officers

20 x Immigration Officer, Immigration Enforcement, Criminal and Financial Investigation (Salary plus AHA c. 30%)

Home Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 16th August 2020

Reference number



£24,108 – £31,362

National: £24,108 – £27,236 (London: £27,762 – £31,362)


Executive Officer

Immigration Officer

Contract type


Business area

HO – Immigration Enforcement, Criminal and Financial Investigation

Type of role

Operational Delivery

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts



Basingstoke, Cardiff, Derby, Dover, Durham, Hounslow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Stansted, Heathrow

About the job


Immigration Enforcement has a fundamental role to play in tackling immigration crime, as part of a multi-layered UK law enforcement approach. Through working closely with partners in the National Crime Agency, territorial policing and many other agencies and departments, we take vigorous action against those criminals that seek to benefit from illegal migration.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at the Home Office. We are committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people can bring their whole selves to work and perform at their best. We recognise the importance of diversity to delivering our critical agenda and are committed to ensuring our department is representative of modern Britain. We are flexible, skilled, professional and diverse.

Our Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI) teams focus on disrupting those Organised Crime Gangs engaged in serious and complex organised immigration crime. Where we uncover evidence of criminality linked to immigration abuse, we investigate these offences under the Immigration Act 1971 and related legislation such as the Identity Documents Act 2010. Such offences might include facilitation, human trafficking and the use of false or fraudulently obtained documents.

In England and Wales, we use powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) in much the same way as the police do, while in Scotland and Northern Ireland we currently rely on the Immigration Acts.

Working for us is interesting and varied and gives you the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Job description

We are looking for dynamic individuals who have an interest or experience in criminal investigation.

You must be well organised, have an investigator’s mindset – curious, sceptical and challenging, with an ability to remain composed in complex, high-profile situations.

In addition, we’re looking for people who have a natural ability to engage, communicate, collaborate and influence, working as part of a team to achieve team goals. You will need to establish mutual respect and trust, building lasting relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Due to the nature of investigative work, you need to be able to self-manage and prioritise your workflow whilst creating complete and accurate records in accordance with requirements.

You will be flexible and versatile and able to adapt to variations in work and environment, not allowing your effectiveness to be affected by change.

The post holder would be responsible for:

• Obtaining and executing search warrants

• Arresting suspected immigration offenders

• Searching persons or property (either for health & safety or evidence)

• Conducting PACE interviews with suspected offenders

• Collecting, preserving and recording evidence

• Conducting checks on databases and updating as required

• Driving official vehicles and transporting of suspects, including custodial responsibilities

• Referring cases to senior grades as appropriate

• Supporting and undertaking POCA cash seizure activity

There will also be a requirement to attend court to give evidence.

This role is physically demanding, so you will also need to be physically fit. The successful candidate will be required to undergo and pass a health assessment, which is usually repeated every three years (although this can sometimes be yearly for specific health reasons).

Successful candidates will also need to be arrest trained to PST level 3 and pass an annual PST refresher.
ResponsibilitiesIt would be desirable for candidates to have previous knowledge and working experience of investigations under PACE. Previous knowledge of the immigration system would also be desirable

However, we would welcome applications from individuals who have a real interest in combatting organised immigration crime. For those new to this area, full training will be provided.

Applicants should note that it is a requirement of the post that arrest (PST3) accreditation is achieved and maintained.

Applicants will also be expected to achieve and maintain PIP 2 accreditation. Since December 2011 Immigration Enforcement has required all criminal investigators to hold accreditation at one of the relevant levels of PIP. PIP is an accreditation programme for Detectives and Criminal Investigators which is owned by the National Police Chiefs Council and governed by the College of Policing.

The post you are considering applying for requires you to undergo PIP training. In order to achieve PIP2 the current training programme is 92 weeks. This is comprised of classroom based training at either of our CFI training locations and also working within your teams at your office location. Some of this training will require you to stay away from home when attending classroom based training.

Person specification

All Criminal and Financial Investigation staff are required to disclose any adverse judicial decisions or internal disciplinary matters under CPIA. Applicants need to bear this in mind when considering their eligibility for this post.

This post requires working anti-social hours, weekends and bank holidays. Travel within the UK and some overseas travel may be required.

Annualised Hours Attendance:
The post is being advertised on HO annual hours working terms and conditions and attracts an annual hour’s allowance (AHA). The initial rate will be confirmed when you have started in post and will be paid as a percentage of your basic salary. AHA is a percentage of your overall salary – the lower AHA package would mean a starting salary of approximately £32k per annum.

If a member of staff has agreed an annualised hours arrangement, this does not become a permanent or guaranteed right. Annualised hours working is subject to changes in operational needs and managers can adjust, cease or suspend it, for operational or performance reasons.

New entrants to the Civil Service will be expected to join on the minimum of the pay range and this is non-negotiable.

Existing Civil Servants will have their salary calculated in accordance with the Department’s pay on transfer / pay on promotion rules.


Due to the nature of the work and the geographical area, some travel by official vehicle will be inevitable and applicants must have a full manual driving licence


2 A Levels Grade C and above or Equivalent qualification.
Demonstrable operational experience – details of which must be included in your CV.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Please click here to apply online

To apply for this job please visit

Apply For this Job

  • Your CV

    Please send us your CV in either .pdf or .doc format. For more information and help with writing CV's please visit our Support Services page
  • Accepted file types: jpg, pdf, doc, docx.
  • Jobs Matching Service

    By signing up to Stockport JobsMatch, we will match you to any available Jobs which may be suitable for you and you may also be contacted about those.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.