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Protest planned to support more than 150 Indian students facing deportation

A protest has been planned for today in support of more than 150 Indian students who are about to be deported because their India-based agents used false documents to get them visas.

Protest organiser Anu Kalloti, from the Migrant Workers Association, says the students didn't know fake documents were used in their visa applications.

"For students, this is the first they are hearing about it," says Mrs Kalloti.

"It was the agents they went through who cooked up these documents and presented them to Immigration New Zealand."

The midday protest will be outside the offices of National Party list MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar in Mt Roskill.

Mrs Kalloti says many of the students who had asked the association for help came from the Mt Roskill area.

They had made previous requests for Dr Parmar to intervene, but hadn't had a response.

"The students feel they have been punished for something they have not done and something they are not part of."

Mrs Kalloti is hoping about 100 people or more will be at the protest.

The students who face deportation say they paid tens of thousands of dollars to education providers in New Zealand who worked with the recruiters in India.

They've been told they couldn't have refunds if they are sent home.

They also say that, although the names of the agents have been given to Immigration NZ, the agents haven't been held accountable and neither have the colleges where the students studied.

Lawyer Alastair McClymont on the case of Indian students who are allegedly victims of visa fraud, but are now facing deportation. Source: Breakfast