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Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to meet the following criteria:

The posts are reserved posts and open ONLY to nationals of the UK (under the terms of the 1996 Nationality Act, unless in a civil service post on or before 31 May 1996). You should be:

  • a British citizen;
  • a British subject under Part IV of the British Nationality Act 1981 having the right of abode in the UK; and/or
  • a British Dependent Territories citizen acquiring citizenship from a connection with Gibraltar.

In addition:

  • Have been resident in the UK for five years before you apply.
  • Have the flexibility to work a range of shifts

There is also specific qualifications or experience required which are listed below:


In order to be eligible to apply, you need to meet either the qualification or experience requirements that are required for the Immigration Officer role in the Crime Directorate.

Candidates need to meet the following criteria:

Because of the specialist nature of crime investigation and the requirement that these new staff mentor current officers to PIP Level 2 standard, it is essential that all successful applicants have at least two years experience as a detective/ be PIP Level 2 accredited and that they have undertaken criminal investigations as a detective/ PIP Level 2 investigator within the last 12 months.

*PIP is the Professionalising Investigative Programme accredited by the College of Policing.

Please Note: You will need to provide a copy of your PIP Level 2 certificate or clearly demonstrate that you have at least two years experience as a detective in your application.

We require this level of experience and qualifications as a fundamental part of this specialist role will require successful applicants to coach and train existing staff.

Essential requirements

Fitness is essential to the role.  During the selection process you will be required to undertake a health assessment.

It is essential that you have a full driving licence.

Reasonable adjustments will be considered for staff with disabilities.

The roles are shift based so successful candidates must be prepared to work unsocial hours and weekends.  Due to the nature of the work successful candidates may be expected to work beyond the end of their shift dependent on operational need.

Desirable skills

A sound knowledge of Immigration Law and offences. Recent enforcement experience.

Health Assessment

The role of an Immigration Officer within Crime & Enforcement requires you to be physically fit, as you may regularly be placed in physically demanding situations. To ensure the healthy and safety of candidates is paramount at all times, candidates selected for final interview will be required to undertake a Health Assessment as part of the day. This will be an assessment with a qualified Occupational Health Nurse in a private room with all details remaining confidential. If you are invited to interview you will be required to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire and bring it with you on the day. The Occupational Health Nurse will then conduct the following assessments:

  • Blood Assessment – measuring blood pressure & assessing any dysrhythmia or irregular pulse.
  • Height, Weight and Waist Measurements – advice against risk factors
  • Lifestyle Factors – advice against risk factors
  • Musculoskeletal Health – to observe normal movement in all limbs
  • Urinalysis – Dip stick test from urine specimen to test for protein and glucose
  • Diabetes – Diabetics will not be excluded from completing the application process, this assessment is assess and advise against risk factors
  • Hearing and Vision
  • Peak Flow
  • Mental Health

To see all parts of the Health Assessment in more detail, please download the attached information. If you feel you may be concerned about some of the above assessments, we would advise you to contact you GP prior to your application to discuss your health in relation to this role. All results from the Health Assessment will be considered in line with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and Disability Equality Duty in the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995.


The competencies required for this post are set out in more detail in the respective job advertisement and will be assessed at the assessment and interview stage. They are:

  • Leadership Managing Myself & Others:
    • Leading on Equality & Diversity
    • Building Capability: Developing Self & Others
  • Analysis & Use of Evidence:
    • Gather and Manage information
    • Identify Options & Make Well Judged Decisions
    • Use Evidence Effectively
  • Working with others:
    • Develop and Maintain Good working relationships