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Protest in support of Indian students

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/09/2016

Supporters of Indian students facing deportation because their India-based agents used fake financial documents to get them visas are mounting a protest in Auckland.

Protest organiser Anu Kalloti, from the Migrant Workers Association, says more than 150 students are about to be deported.

The students say they didn't know fake documents were used in their visa applications.

"For students, this is the first they are hearing about it," Mrs Kalloti said.

"It was the agents they went through who cooked up these documents and presented them to Immigration New Zealand.

"The students feel they have been punished for something they have not done and something they are not part of."

The midday protest on Saturday will be outside the offices of National Party list MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar in Mt Roskill.

Mrs Kalloti said many of the students who had asked the association for help came from the Mt Roskill area.

They had made previous requests for Dr Parmar to intervene, but hadn't had a response.

Mrs Kalloti is hoping about 100 people or more will be at the protest.

"Last year alone, 23,000 students came from India," she said.

"We're hoping for a big turnout."

The students who face deportation say they paid tens of thousands of dollars to education providers in New Zealand who worked with the recruiters in India.

However, they have been told they couldn't have refunds if they are sent home.

They also say that, although the names of the agents have been given to Immigration NZ, the agents haven't been held accountable and neither have the colleges where the students studied.

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