Working for IE

Part of the Home Office, we help to protect vulnerable people, track immigration offenders, prevent abuse, and uphold immigration law.

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Working for the Home Office

Who we are

As part of the Home Office, we help to protect vulnerable people, track immigration offenders, prevent abuse, and uphold immigration law.

What we do

Working both in the UK and abroad, we collaborate with our partners (such as the police) to reduce the illegal immigrant population, and minimise the harm it causes. No matter what, we’re professional at all times, navigating challenging situations with respect and sensitivity.

Our immigration enforcement officers provide vital intelligence to support our enforcement operations on the ground, investigate organised immigration crime, and stop people from selling smuggled goods or employing illegal workers. They also prevent people from entering the country illegally and people overstaying their visas. They deal swiftly with immigration offences and support the safe removal of illegal migrants from the UK.

What it’s like here

This is fast-paced, challenging work. Our officers have to think quickly on their feet, and be able to make difficult decisions. Operations can be distressing, so you will need to be calm and collected under pressure. That said, while the work is demanding, it’s also incredibly rewarding – because you’re playing a major role in protecting people.

Alongside competitive salaries, we also offer a range of excellent benefits – from a pension, flexible working and generous holiday allowance, to childcare vouchers and a season ticket loan. We also offer:

  • maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks’ full pay followed by 13 weeks’ statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid
  • paternity leave of 2 weeks’ full pay

Our teams are based around the UK and overseas. Check out our latest vacancies below for opportunities near you.


We have an incredibly broad remit at the Home Office, with our work affecting every citizen of the country. It’s essential that our organisation reflects the very best of 21st century Britain and we encourage applications from all backgrounds and circumstances. We recruit on merit after a fair and open selection process and support different ways of working, such as flexible working.

We’re proud to be a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ and we were the first organisation to be ‘Clear Assured’, which recognised our efforts to recruit and retain employees with disabilities. We also offer a guaranteed interview scheme for people with disabilities who meet our minimum selection criteria.

To date we have been recognised by the Times Top 50 Employers for Women, named a Stonewall Star Performer, and listed by Business In The Community as an inclusive employer for race.

Employees have the opportunity to join our vibrant diversity staff support networks, including Gen (gender), The Network (black Asian and minority ethnic), Spectrum (LGBT+) and Able (disabilities). Our networks help raise awareness and help us build an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive and be themselves at work.


For details of our current vacancies, and how to apply, visit the Civil Service jobs website.

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