Following the Supreme Court judgment in Quila and
Bibi v Secretary of State for the Home Department
 UKSC 45 which ruled that the minimum age
requirement of 21 in the Immigration Rules for
spouse and partners of British citizens and those
with settled status was unlawful, the Government has
been carefully considering the implications of the
judgment and will now take the following action.
Changes to the
Immigration Rules have been laid in Parliament to
reinstate a minimum age of 18 for a spouse, civil
partner, fiancé(e), proposed civil partner,
unmarried partner or same-sex partner, and his/her
sponsorr to qualify for entry clearance, leave to
enter, leave to remain or variation of leave on the
basis of the applicant’s relationship.