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Only British passport holders can apply for Brexit border force jobs in Belfast

By Gareth Cross

Candidates must hold British passports if they wish to apply for new Border Force jobs based in Belfast, it has been revealed.

The Irish News have reported that the jobs are part of hundreds of new Border Force jobs being created across the United Kingdom ahead of Brexit.

The Home Office are currently advertising for 16 Border Force Officers based at Belfast International Airport and five Border Force Assistant Officer jobs based in Belfast.

To work for Border Force applicants must be UK citizens and hold British passports which must be presented at interview.

The application pack for the job states that "these are reserved posts and are only open to UK nationals."

Under the Good Friday Agreement, anyone born in Northern Ireland has the right to Irish, British and dual citizenship.

People born in Northern Ireland are also eligible to apply for an Irish passport, however Irish passport holders living in Northern Ireland will not be able to apply for the positions.

This is "due to the sensitive nature of the work, require special allegiance to the Crown".

One of the reasons given for applying for the position is to "serve Border Force, the Government and your Country."

The salary for the new Border Force positions range from £20,475 to £26,831.

New employees would be expected to start work between August and December 2018.

As part the application pack, Director General of Border Force Paul Lincoln outlined the role.

"The role of a Border Force Officer is central to maintaining the security and integrity of the UK border," he said.

"It is also essential in promoting the national economy, through facilitating the legitimate movement of individuals and trade across the border.

"Border Force expects the highest possible standards of professionalism and teamwork from our staff and adherence to our core values: Commitment; Discipline; Respect and Moral Courage."

 

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