The Government last month announced that the spouse visa age will be lowered again from 21 to 18. This change took effect on 28 November 2011.
The law was amended on 27 November 2008 to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21 for both foreign spouses and their sponsors in the UK before the foreign spouse could be granted a visa to enter or remain as a spouse or partner.
The Supreme Court has ruled that, whilst the aim was to address forced marriages, increasing the minimum marriage visa age from 18 to 21 disproportionately interfered with Article 8 rights (the individual’s right to family life) of those who were in genuine marriages.
So the spouse visa age will be lowered again to a sensible 18 years of age.
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