Minimum UK marriage visa age ruling allows reviews of past decisions

Published: 01/11/2011

A recent Supreme Court ruling regarding the minimum age for UK marriage visas and other UK settlement visas looks set to have wide-reaching consequences for young applicants.

The Supreme Court judgement has lead to the British parliament making moves to reinstate the minimum age of 18 for marriage visa applications. This important change will impact on UK settlement visa applications for a spouse, civil partner, unmarried (de facto) partner, fiancé(e), unmarried partner or same-sex partner or proposed civil partner where the sponsor qualifies to apply for leave to enter, leave to remain or entry clearance based on their relationship.

This expected change in UK immigration rules will also mean that for any couple whose visa was refused solely on the issue of age, with the application made between 27th November 2008 and October 2011 and with no subsequent applications made, a review of that decision is now permitted. It is important to note that the UK Border Agency has established clear guidelines as to how to request a review, with further information available from



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