Students claim innocence in fraudulent visa case, yet to inform parents

A group of around 300 students were earlier issued deportation orders by New Zealand authorities allegedly for producing fraudulent papers.

Published: 19th February 2017 02:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2017 03:44 AM   |  A+A-

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HYDERABAD: A group of around 300 students from the twin Telugu states, who were earlier issued deportation orders by the Immigration New Zealand authorities allegedly for producing fraudulent papers to get a visa, has claimed ignorance. The Indian students maintained that the fraudulent documents in their student visa applications were prepared on their behalf by unscrupulous education agents in India.

When contacted, Sunil Chinta, a student from Hyderabad, who is also about to be sent back from New Zealand, said that a group of 10 students are protesting the decision of the INZ authorities.

“There are nearly 370 Indian students and 300 are from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. We are 10 people fighting against deportation from last eight months. Students are worried about their reputation at home, as they cannot reveal the problem they are facing with their family members,” he shared.

When asked about the response from Indian Embassy, Sunil said, “They never responded to the issue. Several students are afraid of informing their parents about the issue. I told my parents about the issue, but several did not.”

Sunil said that the educational consultancies submitted fake documents of bank balance without their knowledge and did not inform the students in fear of losing their commission.

There are different consultancies responsible for this. Meanwhile, a record of the New Zealand government said there are 58 such consultants in India, who are indulging in a similar fraudulent process. The Immigration officials knew about the fraud when they verified bank records, he said.

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