RefuAid provide refugees in the UK with an interest-free loan to cover the legal and transport costs of reunifying your family. The loan is made interest-free and is to cover the legal fees associated with, and the travel costs of, reunifying your immediate family once you have been granted asylum in the UK. 

* loans are interest-free but you will be charged an additional £65 administration fee. 

Family reunion

Your partner or child can apply to join or stay with you in the UK if:

  • you were separated when you were forced to leave your country
  • you’ve been given asylum or 5 years’ humanitarian protection but don’t yet have British citizenship

Your partner or child can’t apply if:

  • you haven’t received a decision on your asylum application
  • you’re under 18

If their application is successful, your family members will be allowed to come to or stay in the UK with the same permission (‘leave’) as you.

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Your partner and any children must meet the following requirements.


Your partner is someone you’re in a genuine relationship with. You must be able to prove one of the following:

  • you’re married
  • you’re in a civil partnership

If you’re not married or in a civil partnership, your partner can apply if:

  • you were given refugee status or humanitarian protection on or after 9 October 2006
  • you’ve lived together in a relationship like in a marriage or civil partnership for 2 years and you’ve been given asylum or humanitarian protection after 9 October 2006

You and your partner must intend to live together and continue your relationship after they apply.


Your child is:

  • under the age of 18
  • going to live with you and your partner
  • going to be supported by you without using public funds
  • not married or in a civil partnership
  • not in full-time employment

Find out more about eligibility and reunification at:


Equal Access Loan is a project from RefuAid in partnership with Street (UK) CIC

Street (UK) CIC - Co. No. 3832332 Authorised and Regulated by the FCA - No. 673046

RefuAid is a restricted fund under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund (Charity No. 1099682)