The UK Border Agency has announced that the age limit for partners and spouses of points-based UK visa applicants (PBS) is to be lowered.
In order to accompany their partners to the UK, husbands, wives and civil partners of PBS applicants must be aged 18 or above when they are due to arrive in the country.
The clarification about age limits is the latest in a number of refinements and recommendations about the PBS UK visa system, which was introduced only last year.
A recent report about Tier 2 of the PBS recommended that the earnings thresholds for gaining points should be raised and also that the arrangements for intra-company transfers should be strengthened.
Professor David Metcalf, Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee, commented: "In our first analysis of the PBS, the committee thinks that Tier 2 is working well, but our advice to the Government is that the labour market could be helped by requiring higher standards from skilled workers outside of the EU before we allow them to work in the UK .
"We believe that selective immigration that favours skilled workers, as the PBS does, is vital to ensure that the UK continues to be a good place to do business or invest.”