Dodgy agencies to blame for possible deportations

Dodgy agencies to blame for possible deportations

An Indian man whose family saved up for four years to have him educated in New Zealand could be deported, after an education agency used false documents to get him a visa.

The man's Kiwi lawyer has 15 almost-identical cases on his books -- Indian students who could be kicked out of the country thanks to dodgy agencies. 

One student who spoke to Newshub did not want to be named because he hadn't told his family in India he could be deported.

The 28-year-old's family saved $22,000 over four years to get him a business certificate in New Zealand -- he's the first in his family to get a tertiary education.

But his only mistake was trusting the wrong education agency to get him a visa.

His lawyer says they used false bank documents to get him a visa -- which is now being challenged by New Zealand authorities.

"The college has my money, the agent got my money. I got nothing, and zero," the student said.

Last year, more than 9000 international students came to New Zealand from India. The majority use agents, with each student paying around $15,000 a year in fees.

The agents get about 15 percent of that, making the trade worth more than $19 million dollars a year -- that's a lot of money in the Indian economy.

But 'Kiwi' education providers pay that commission -- and the student's lawyer, who has 15 identical cases on his books, believes they are a big part of this problem.

"It's impossible to believe that the schools here are unaware of the fraudulent practises of many of the education agents in India," Alastair McClymont said.

The agents don't need a license to process visas and commission from Kiwi schools.

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says that's the subject of a review, but at the moment, he says "it is the responsibility of the providers to make sure their agents are doing the right thing".

And for the students, it's a tough wait to find out whether or not they'll be put on a plane back to India - with nothing to show it.

Newshub.
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