Am I Eligible

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British Citizen

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must hold one of the following nationalities or citizenships: British Overseas Territories, British subject, British National (Overseas), British Overseas Citizen, British protected person, citizenship of the Commonwealth, citizenship of an a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) nationality, or citizenship of the United States of America. If the parent is deceased, they must have had such citizenship or nationality before their death.
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Dual Nationality

If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. If successful, you will not normally be required to give up your non-British citizenship but, as a condition of your employment or secondment, MI5 may impose restrictions on your postings, work travel and/or general use of that nationality. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. Each case will be carefully considered on its own facts.
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18 or Over

You can apply from the age of 17 years. If successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday.

Living Situation

UK Resident

If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside of the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application.

Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK.

MI5 ready quizzes

Why not test your skills to see if you could join MI5 in one of our investigative roles?

Mobile Surveillance

We have developed some tasks that reflect the nature of the work of our Mobile Surveillance Officers to enable you to assess your suitability for the role. Take this challenge to check your observation skills and ability to recall detail.

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Investigative Challenge

We have developed a challenge to help you to assess your use of information and analytical skills.

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This quiz will give you some indication of MI5 values and culture and how well they match with you.

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Listening Challenge

We have developed a quiz that reflects the nature of the work of our English Language Analysts to enable you to assess your suitability for the role. Take this challenge to check your listening skills and ability to recall detail. 

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