Firstly, thank you Stack Exchange as I received my UK Visa to sit for plab2 exams few days back. However, my cousin, who's have similar circumstances as me got her refusal letter today (see image below.) To compare, I'll state our circumstances:

  1. Both of us are employed earning ~164 GBP per month, paid in cash, both showed salary sheets and employment letters.
  2. Both of us had sponsors ( father, uncle) supporting our trips and showed their employment papers, intent of sponsoring and relevant bank statements.
  3. Both of us showed that we'd be accommodated by people in UK ( i showed my relative with British Passport, she showed her doctor friend with British Resident Permit) with all relevant documents - letter of support, pay slips, mortgage/ tenancy papers.
  4. I'm married, she's not
  5. Both of us showed our shares/ bonds certificates showing our investments in share market.
  6. Both of us showed duration roughly 2 months with well planned itinerary (day to day) and to sit for a day's exam; exam passed and booking confirmation submitted

However, ECA says `"2 day's exam" when it's clearly stated as 1 day and "stating at family in UK" when clearly stated it's a FRIEND, personal circumstances are similar, she got refused and I got granted!

Please clarify our doubts (16 people are breaking their heads over this refusal letter)

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  • Is this because the ECO couldn't verify with the aforementioned " Friend" regarding the letter of support that he provided? Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 6:05
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    That’s the element of randomness you find in visa applications. You could satisfy all criteria and get hosed. Good luck trying to isolate the deciding factor. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 6:38
  • Wow.. how soon do you suggest she submit next application? Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 6:39
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    But you do have significant differences. You're married; she's not. She's being sponsored in UK by a friend--male? ECO may have thought that it's her boyfriend and she may very well decide to overstay.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 22:56

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Normally we would close this question as a garden variety UK visa refusal on V 4.2 a + c (and sometimes 'e').

However your main question is

Why did my cousin with almost the same circumstances as I get a UK visa denial while my application was granted.

That’s the element of randomness you find in visa applications.Theres no method to the madness sometimes. You could satisfy all criteria and get hosed while some applicants who live a charmed life could submit a weak application but get approved. The variables are myriad. Good luck trying to isolate the deciding factor. Sometimes it also depends on their mood that day. Every different ECO weights different criteria (e.g. being married or single) differently.

She could reapply but note that her probability of being granted the visa will not be significantly different. She could make a short cover letter explaining the oversights of the previous ECO however it must be very respectful and subtle and be careful not to aggravate the new ECO.

  • Thank you!! Yeah, I'll surely convey her the massage.. and request her to reapply, mildly improving her current circumstances and adding in a paragraph ( or two) stating the issues overlooked and/or misconceived by the ECO in the most subtle language that she can think of.. Thanks a lot, from the 16 people :) Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 7:19

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