It is rare that I agree with Rachel Smalley, but occasionally she gets something right.
Admittedly it isn’t often, but yesterday she was on the money.
The nine Indian students who are facing deportation for visa fraud and are living temporarily in a Church in the Auckland suburb of Ponsonby.
What a position they’re in, and what a position Immigration New Zealand is in, too, writes Rachel Smalley.
The students signed their visa applications and in doing so, they signed fraudulent documents filled out by their agents. They paid those agents in India to help them to apply for a New Zealand visa, and it is the agents – they say – who are at fault here.
Not so. It is they who are at fault and whether it’s knowingly or unknowingly, the students have committed fraud.