Reduction in the marriage visa age for members of HM armedforces
The Home Office has announced new exemptions from the agerestriction in marriage visa applications. These are due to take placeon 6 April 2010 and form an amendment to the restrictions placed onprospective couples in 2008.On 27 November 2008 the minimum age at which someone couldsponsor a spouse to come to the UK (or be sponsored as a spouse)was raised from 18 to 21. The aim of this reform was to help tacklethe practice of forced marriage. The new policy lowers the marriage visa age from groups:-
Serving members of the HM armed forces who qualify assponsors under the immigration rules (British or foreignnationals) and;
their foreign national spouses, civil partners, same sex partners,unmarried partners, proposed civil partners and fiance(e)s. The sponsors and those being sponsored who fall into the abovegroups will both need to be 18 or over to sponsor and apply for amarriage visa.