This is for everyone having issues when applying skills and the server not accepting them. Not sure if this works for Saurians. Its been posted by a few in various threads but people never read all the posts only the initial then say they have it too.
The problem is when you are leveling up while in space.
Do it on the ground ie as your character and not your ship. So visit your bridge, visit Sol or another station, even do it during a ground based mission and it will work.