November 30, 2011

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has formally reinstated the age of 18 as the minimum age for both partners in fiancé(e), spouse and unmarried and same sex partner applications.

What’s Changed?

Changes to the Immigration Rules were enacted in Parliament on November 7, 2011 to reduce the minimum qualifying age from 21 to age 18 for a spouse, civil partner, fiancé(e), proposed civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner and for their sponsor in order to qualify for entry clearance (e.g., a visa), leave to enter (ability to enter the UK), leave to remain (ability to reside in the UK) or a variation of leave on that basis.

As of November 28, 2011, these rules are now in effect with the UKBA.


While this regulation does not directly affect employers, assignees who wish to sponsor unmarried or married partners to reside or visit in the UK are invited to read the UKBA’s new guidelines on minimum age requirements to both sponsor and be sponsored for entry clearance to the UK.  The full UKBA guidance notes can be found at the following:

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