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Refugee Integration Service

The Refugee Integration Service (RIS) is a 12-month programme that offers advice and support to refugees who've recently been granted leave to remain in the UK, and can help you access benefits, housing, employment and education.

What is RIS?

RIS is a programme offering advice and support to refugees.

The service includes:

  • advice and support to help you access housing, education and benefits
  • links to employability options to help you get a job as soon as possible.

This help will last for a year.

Who is RIS for?

RIS is available to anyone aged 18 or over who has applied for asylum in the UK and been granted refugee status, humanitarian protection, discretionary leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain. 

How do I access RIS?

You don't need to apply for RIS. When you are granted refugee status or humanitarian protection, the UK Border Agency will make an appointment for you with a personal case manager. Your case manager will help you sort out any immediate problems (for example, they can advise you on how to apply for benefits and sort out your accommodation) and will help you put together an integration plan. The plan will look at issues such as employment, training and education. You can refer yourself to the programme by contacting the Scottish Refugee Council on 0141 248 9799.

Do I have to get help from RIS?

You don't have to accept help from RIS. However, it's a good idea to get help from the service as it will make it much easier to find a job and settle into your new life.

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The important points

  • The Refugee Integration Service (RIS) offers support to refugees who have been granted leave to remain in the UK.
  • RIS can help you with housing, education, benefits and taking steps towards getting a job.
  • You can contact RIS directly on 0141 248 9799, it is part of the Scottish Refugee Council

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