The Refugee Integration Loan program aims to provide financial assistance to individuals claiming refugee status in Britain. This program offers loans to cover expenses such as rent, household items, and education or training for employment.

To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old and fall into one of the following categories: refugee status, humanitarian protection, or dependents of refugees or individuals with humanitarian protection. Both individuals and couples can apply for this loan.

Key Details:

1. Loan Amount:
– Individual applicants can borrow between £100 and £500.
– Couples applying together can borrow between £100 and £780.

2. Approved Usage of the Loan:
– The loan can only be used for essential expenses that facilitate the so-called integration process into UK society, including:
– Housing deposits, rent payments, or moving costs
– Necessary household items
– Training or educational expenses
– Basic living costs (e.g., food or household bills)
– Work-related clothing and equipment

3. Restricted Usage of the Loan:
– The loan cannot be utilised to cover specific expenses, such as:
– Existing debts
– Travel costs for family members to join the applicant in the UK

4. Disbursement of Funds:
– The loan amount will be directly deposited into the applicant’s bank or building society account.

5. Loan Repayment:
– Repayment of the loan commences six weeks after its disbursement.
– Upon approval, borrowers receive a loan agreement outlining repayment instructions.
– Repayment amounts and schedules are determined based on individual circumstances.
– Changes in employment status and benefits may require adjustments to the repayment terms.
– For instance, if an applicant is receiving Universal Credit, monthly repayments can be up to £25. However, full-time employment necessitates a monthly repayment of £50.
– Typically, the loan does not impact income-related benefits, unless the applicant’s savings exceed £6,000.


To qualify for the Refugee Integration Loan, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Age:
– Applicants must be over 18 years old.

2. Status:
– Eligible individuals fall into one of the following categories:
– Refugee status
– Humanitarian protection
– Dependents of refugees or individuals with humanitarian protection

3. Joint Applications:
– Couples can apply for a joint loan if they are legally married or in a partnership.


The following individuals are not eligible to apply for the loan:

1. Age:
– Applicants under 18 years old.

2. Asylum Seekers:
– Individuals granted permission to settle outside the Immigration Rules as asylum seekers.

3. Previous Loans:
– Individuals who have previously received an integration loan, including joint loans.

Application Process:

To apply for the Refugee Integration Loan, applicants must complete the online application. The following information and documents are required:

1. Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
2. Home Office reference number
3. Bank or building society account details
4. National Insurance number (If not already obtained, the application can be made at a local Jobcentre Plus before applying for the loan)

The Refugee Integration Loan program is just another expense forced upon the taxpayer. The interest-free loans are something that many people in the Uk could do with during the disastrous cost of living crisis, so to see the government offering it to newcomers whilst expecting the current population to pay is a real kick in the face for many.

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