Immigration officers definition

What does Immigration officers mean?

Officers appointed by the Secretary of State under the Immigration Act 1971, Sch 2, para 1 to assist in the administration of immigration control.

In the exercise of their functions under the Immigration Act 1971 immigration officers shall act in accordance with such instructions (not inconsistent with immigration rules) as may be given them by the Secretary of State. Immigration officers have prime responsibility for examining a person arriving in the United Kingdom in order to determine whether he is a British citizen, if not whether he requires leave to enter the United Kingdom and if so whether he has been given such leave which is still in force, he should be given leave and for what period or on what conditions (if any) or he should be refused leave. Immigration officers are also responsible for determining whether to cancel the leave of a person arriving in the United Kingdom with pre-existing leave and for giving directions for the removal of persons from the United Kingdom.

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