Many Indian students are studying in New Zealand with study visas they got using false financial documents, Radio New Zealand reports.
Radio New Zealand says Immigration New Zealand is looking to deport students, following an investigation of visa application documents, but it does not yet know how many students may be affected.
International students are required to have thousands of dollars before they are allowed to study here. Some agents who have been assisting students to study in New Zealand have been providing fraudulent documents showing students have money.
India is the second largest and fastest growing source of international students in New Zealand, second only to China.
In 2015 there were more than 24,000 Indian students enrolled to study here, an increase of 50 percent from the year before, according to Education New Zealand.
Immigration New Zealand’s assistant general manager, Geoff Scott, told Radio New Zealand some Indian students faced tragic circumstances where they entered New Zealand, with no money, and significant amounts of debt back in India.
Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce said the problem was a minor one and that occurred in many other countries.
“There are some agents in the Indian market who have been behaving inappropriately, unscrupulously, but that is common to a number of countries that operate in India – the Canadians, the Australians, the UK, US have all experienced similar sorts of issues.”
Joyce said most education agents did a good job and he was not in favour of licensing requirements for immigration agents. Rather, he told Newshub, “it is the responsibility of the providers to make sure their agents are doing the right thing”.
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