More than 150 Indian students are demanding justice after being told they would be deported later this month INZ has been issued deportation liability notices (DLN) for 41 Indian student nationals for providing fake loan disbursement document in their visa applications and for subsequent issues including crimes committed in New Zealand.
After the receipt Deportation Liability Notice, has been issued, the holder of the visa has to 14 days to appeal for a review of the said notice by an independent compliance officer , thereafter 28 days to appeal to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal against deportation on humanitarian grounds. INZ recently established new procedure to detect the fraud in all student visa application on 2015 July and has been find out that 158 cases which are purely showing fraud financial support documents, Moreover this year February intake also find 290 applications with different type of falsified documents .However the the alleged students claims that agents who processed the students’ papers to study legally in New Zealand had falsified documents without the knowledge of the students.
INZ issued Liability notices to 41 Indian students in regards to submitting fraud documents to enter into NZ least realizing that they and their families had spent fortune to pay for their studies and a bright future. Meanwhile INZ also investigated the involvement of certain educational consultancies who involved in this case and find many evidence that Sunrise Overseas Education Consultancy in Andhra Pradesh is suspected of providing fake documents. Many other agencies are also involved so applications from such agencies will be rejected with a prejudice. But students aruge that, INZ not taking any action against these agencies who cheated us and we trust that they approved and recognized agencies and we hardly know about visa processing and admission process to New Zealand
The government’s decision to deport these students were scorned by Immigration Lawyer Alastair McClymont. As per him the students got their visas through education agents and had no idea about fake documents being submitted on their behalf. Mr. McClymont also said, “ Deporting these students for something that was not their fault was wrong. Also it was unfair to make the students victims of a scam by their agents.”
The students are demanding justice and expressed their discontentment over the way NZ authorities have dealt with the situation. They have been made scapegoats by the agents One of the student victim of this scam ( name undisclosed) has made an appeal to the government to intervene on humanitarian grounds and show mercy on all the students so that they can work hard and prove their loyalties to NZ. He said,” We are not cheaters. We are victims”.
Protests were organised a rally held to raise awareness of the situation and to stop the deportation of these Indian students .
The government has been accused of treating a group of Indian tertiary students unfairly by moving to deport them.
no captionThe students have each spent about $30,000 on their studies.
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.
“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.
Sunrise Overseas Education Consultancy in Andhra Pradesh is suspected of providing fake documents – after thorough investigation by Immigration NZ.
Education Agents in India involved in submitting fake documents for nine Indian students to New Zealand and are still continuing their work as educational agents/consultants in India(http://www.sunriseoverseaseducation.com/), an immigration lawyer says.
Responding to our query about how the students were able to obtain the visa in the first place, INZ said, “In the last financial year, INZ has processed 35,171 Indian student applications with 20,000 approved, but it should be stressed that the very nature of fraud is to try to avoid detection. Fraudsters are cunning in their tactics and increasingly sophisticated in their techniques. The new procedures put in place by INZ since the fraud was uncovered and the deportation liability notices served, shows just how seriously INZ take such offences.”
About 50 students and members of migrant associations took part in a protest last weekend against the government’s decision.
The protesters marched from Stoddard Rd Health Centre to National MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar’s offices in Mt Roskill. Parmar’s office was locked, and she did not show up at the gathering.