The application was refused on the grounds that our client had not provided two pieces of evidence to demonstrate her previous earnings which is a requirement for Tier 1 (General) applications, namely both her bank statements and pay slips to cover the earning period claimed. In addition, our client has produced a transcript for her degree rather than the original degree certificate.
Of course, our client had obtained a degree although this was hanging on her mother’s wall in a different country at the time she made her application(!). She was also able to demonstrate that she had earned the salary as claimed but had simply not submitted her bank statements with the application. We were instructed with respect to the appeal and having prepared a strong case, with documents proving that our client met the Immigration Rules at the time of her application (Secretary of State for the Home Department v Pankina  EWCA Civ 719), the Immigration Judge allowed her appeal on the day.
Appealing the decision was important for our client to remain in the UK lawfully; had she decided not to appeal against the decision and submit a fresh application, she would not have been able to work in the UK lawfully. If you have had an application refused by the UKBA, you should carefully consider appealing against the decision and ensure you lodge your notice to appeal in time!