How to apply

Once you have looked at our current vacancies you will be able to choose the specific board(s) you want to apply to. Applicants usually live within a 25/30 mile radius, 45 minute journey time from the establishment, although this is sometimes extended in rural areas.

You can only apply when a Board is running a recruitment campaign.

The online application form is at this link. Before you apply, please read the guidance on how to fill out the form.

The form will automatically save once you complete each section, or when you click on the ‘save’ button.

The application form can be saved so you can return to/review your application and finish it at a later time.

All sections have to be completed before the submission button can be

If you cannot complete an online application form please contact the Secretariat at, in exceptional circumstances a paper application may be acceptable. PLEASE NOTE: the application form works best on Chrome, Edge and Firefox browsers; we suggest you do not use Internet Explorer.

What happens next?

Once you have submitted your application form, you will be contacted by the Chair of your local IMB, who will invite you to visit the prison or immigration removal centre. Once you have completed your visit, you will be invited to attend an interview, conducted by two members of your local IMB and an independent panel member from another IMB.

IMB members have full access to their local prison or immigration removal centre at any time, day or night.  For this reason, all our members must be security cleared, and this can take some time, depending on the level of clearance required for that particular establishment.

The whole appointments process can take up to six months, which we understand can be frustrating.  However we try to ensure time is kept to a minimum and we keep applicants informed throughout the process.

If you have a complaint about the way your application has been handled, please follow this process.