A Pakistani student whose bid to extend her stay in Britain was rejected after she failed to tick a box on a form has lost the latest round of a legal fight with Home Office ministers.

Shabana Kousar, who is in her late thirties and lived in Ilford, east London, should have checked a box giving immigration officials permission to collect a fee.

Officials concluded her leave to remain application was invalid if all the boxes were not ticked.

She challenged the decision at immigration tribunals but a senior immigration judge concluded there was no right of appeal to a immigration tribunal because decisions relating to invalid applications were not immigration decisions.

Three Court of Appeal judges have now backed that judge's ruling and dismissed her latest challenge.

Lord Justice Lindblom, Lord Justice Irwin and Lord Justice Baker have outlined their decision in a written ruling after analysing the case at a Court of Appeal hearing in London in October.

Judges said Mrs Kousar, who arrived in Britain eight years ago, did not say where she was from.

By Brian Farmer