33 pilgrims in NZ still "missing"

- Posted in New Zealand by Visa Bureauon 06 October 2008

The 40 pilgrims claimed they had been misled by fraudulent travel agents in India, who sold them what they believed to be a visa for New Zealand.  The group thought the visas would allow them to stay in the country permanently, and each pilgrim paid USD$11,200 for these false visas.  The group was issued with New Zealand visitor visas when they arrived at New Zealand customs and were given a month to visit the country and no longer.

A spokesperson from the Department of Labour said they are concentrating all their resources to find and deport the illegal immigrants.


The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people emigrate to New Zealand.

Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.