On 27 Nov 2008 the United Kingdom Government raised the minimum age need from 18 to 21 for anyone looking entry to the Uk as the spouse, fianc or fiance, civil partner, recommended civil partner, unmarried partner or same sex partner of an another individual. Significantly this change only applies to all those seeking entry to the United Kingdom where the patron either holds indefinite leave to stay status -more usually known as settlement or, is a British citizen. The rule change efficiently implies that people who're settled in the United Kingdom or are British Citizens can't sponsor a future applicant to the United Kingdom who's under the age of 21.
The reasoning behind the change is so the United Kingdom Government may avoid the problem of forced marriages for all those under the age of 21. The United Kingdom Government was lobbied to introduce laws to stop forced marriages. The United Kingdom Government's answer continues to be to introduce laws to just avoid all those under the age of 21 applying to enter the United Kingdom based on their relationship to someone with been liquidated or is a British citizen. On the other hand the rule change does not apply to all those seeking entrance to the United Kingdom as the spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner or same sex partner of another individual where the patron is a pupil, work permit holder or a Grade 1, 2 or 5 migrant. The age requirement for 18 still applies to all those seeking entry to join a patron that has a time limit on their stay in the United Kingdom. As yet it's unclear as to whether the minimum age requirement of those seeking to join a sponsor topic to a time limit may be raised, though it's possible that this may happen. It's open to debate as to whether foreign nationals below the age of 21 who're in an authentic partnership or marriage and therefore are prevented from receiving a visa because of the new laws may claim that this would infringe their rights below Article 8 Right to Family Life of the European Convention on Human Rights.