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Scammed students face deportation: report

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/08/2016

Hundreds of students granted visas based on false documents are reported to be facing deportation.

The Newshub report says they're victims of a scam perpetrated by India-based agents.

The network on Wednesday screened interviews with a group of Indian students who have been served deportation notices.

They say they paid 100,000 rupees, or $23,000, to come to New Zealand to study and didn't know anything was wrong.

"I can't do anything, I can't show my face at home," said one.

Newshub has previously reported a senior immigration official was warned that organised crime may have penetrated the student visa process in India.

Labour leader Andrew Little says the government must act immediately to end student exploitation.

"This is the result of fraud by unscrupulous agents who are rorting the system," he said.

"It is wrong and it is putting New Zealand's reputation at risk."

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