In­dian Stu­dents To Be De­ported From NZ Over Fake Doc­u­ments


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The New Zealand gov­ern­ment has been ac­cused of treat­ing a group of In­dian ter­tiary stu­dents un­fairly by mov­ing to de­port them. Im­mi­gra­tion lawyer Alastair McC­ly­mont said the nine stu­dents, who had been study­ing in Auck­land, have been served with de­por­ta­tion no­tices be­cause their In­dia-based agent used fake doc­u­ments to get them into the coun­try. Mr McC­ly­mont said the stu­dents got their stu­dent visas through an ed­u­ca­tion agent based in In­dia, who sub­mit­ted fraud­u­lent doc­u­ments on their be­half. The stu­dents had no idea fake doc­u­ments were used, and de­port­ing them for some­thing that was not their fault was wrong, he said. The stu­dents had each spent about $30,000 on their stud­ies and were about to grad­u­ate.

“It’s ex­tremely un­fair be­cause all of these stu­dents were vic­tims of a scam by their agents, they knew noth­ing about the frauded doc­u­ments. They’ve now spent their life sav­ings, fam­i­lies have taken out huge loans to pay for their stud­ies here in New Zealand, they’re about to grad­u­ate, now Im­mi­gra­tion are say­ing you’re go­ing to be de­ported, you’re out of here,” he said. Mr McC­ly­mont said the stu­dents should be al­lowed to stay, just like the hun­dreds of Filipino dairy work­ers who were al­lowed to re­main last year de­spite their agents hav­ing sub­mit­ted sim­i­lar fake doc­u­ments.

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