This page explains how to apply to register on our panel of interpreters.
We are currently not recruiting any new interpreters. This situation is under review and we will update this page if the situation changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What hours do interpreters work?
The work the Agency provides for interpreters is very much demand-led and can vary considerably.
There is no minimum or maximum requirement in terms of hours. We therefore welcome applications from those who may only be free to interpret at specific times such as evenings or weekends, as well as those who are available at any time. Clearly, as many airports and ports work 24 hours a day, we are in constant need of interpreting services.
What type of work are interpreters required to do?
The majority of interpreting work is face-to-face interpreting. This may be in either arrival interviews or casework interviews where an individual as been booked in advance. In both cases you will be required to provide simultaneous translation. Phone interpreting is also occasionally required.
Are there any minimum requirements?
In order to maintain a high standard of interpreters we require interpreters to be a 'full status' member of the National Register of Public Service Interpreting (NRPSI) or already holds a Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (law), or has passed the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) or a metropolitan police assessment in the last 3 years.
Are there any restrictions on who can apply?
You are only eligible to apply if you:
- have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years;
- are a British/EU citizen or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK; and
- speak English and another language fluently.
You must also:
- be a full member of the National Register of Public Services Interpreters (NRPSI); or
- hold a Diploma in Public Services Interpreting (DPSI) (Law) or a letter of Credit in all oral components (Law); or
- have been assessed by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) (formerly the Immigration Appellate Authority); or
- have been assessed by the Metropolitan Police.