Saturday, 20th April 2019


Immigration officers work to protect the country’s security by maintaining control of all entry points to the UK and checking all individuals entering or leaving. Immigration officers are usually employed by the UK Border Agency or civil services, and can be stationed at any check point across the country, including international airports and ferry ports.

The general task of an immigration officer is admitting or refusing entrants to the country, after checking landing cards and the purpose for visiting the country. People will not be allowed into the country unless their entry has been authorised by an immigration officer, so the checks must apply the relevant immigration legislation, rules and policy.

Daily duties will vary, depending on the situations that arise. Immigration officers might get help from assistants with their more basic duties, but they will be responsible for handling more serious situations. This might include the following duties:

  • Checking passports and landing cards
  • Enquiring about the purpose of visit
  • Taking fingerprints
  • Interviewing passengers for more information
  • Working with interpreters if necessary
  • Phone enquiries regarding suspects
  • General surveillance
  • Arranging for passengers to be sent back to their origin
  • Dealing with people claiming asylum
  • Contacting and communicating with other authorities

Whilst it is a very important and serious job, at all times immigration officers must be courteous, fair and objective. Immigration officers can often find themselves in confrontational situations and should be prepared and able to deal with this. The Home Office aims to offer fair and non-discriminatory entry controls in the UK, so the immigration officer must take care to evaluate all evidence objectively.

Immigration is not only under constant scrutiny but can be subject to changing legislation. Officers should be constantly aware of any relevant changes to legislation.

Immigration officers will need security clearance by the Government to commence work.

To find out more about the work of Immigration Officers and the laws in place, please visit the UK Border Agency.