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Deportation Issue: Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand Sanjeev Kohli comes out in support

Source: Stuff.co.nz

The Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand Sanjiv Kohli blamed the New Zealand education providers who have not yet acted against the agents responsible for this situation.

The issue of deportation notices served to Indian International students in New Zealand is intensifying by the day.

On Friday, The Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand Sanjiv Kohli blamed the New Zealand education providers who have not yet acted against the agents responsible for this situation.

Indian High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli told Fairfax that he had already spoken to New Zealand authorities about student visa concerns.

He said the onus lay entirely with the educational institutions which worked with the agents.

“It was "grossly unfair" to target students who had already started and invested heavily in their studies,” he said.

"Action, if any, has to be against the concerned institutions, their agents and responsibility fixed on those who failed to supervise the process and cleared the visas on the basis of documents presented.”  

"You cannot be advertising yourself as world-class teaching institutions, admit international students, charge them huge fees and then say Sorry, the visas were given without a proper scrutiny of the documents, or that the institution which has admitted you does not meet necessary standards,” he was quoted saying.

"Why were they licensed and allowed to admit international students in the first instance?"

Immigration New Zealand has recently turned down thousands of applications of Indian students.

Fairfax reported that a new code of practice which came into effect in July meant education providers would have their right to bring in students revoked if their agents misbehaved.

As per Education New Zealand, the body which promotes international education, all students have to personally sign a declaration that the details in their application are true, regardless of the agent.

Source Fairfax