Immigration New Zealand said that it had given enough opportunity to nine students from India facing deportation to leave the country willingly.
But the students are not willing to leave the island nation after an appeal to Michael Woodhouse, Immigration Minister, was rejected.
Saying that deportation would ruin their lives, they are considering seeking sanctuary at a church in Auckland.
Steve Stuart, Immigration NZ general manager of visa services, was quoted by Radio New Zealand as saying that individual consideration was given to the application of each student to appeal on its merits.
A case was filed against the students because their education agents in India were said to have submitted fake documents.
The students in all cases had affirmed on their applications that information and proof supporting their application was authentic even as Immigration NZ stuck to its decision to deport them.
According to him, each of the students was subjected to a fair procedure, including consideration of their appeal.
He said that though there was no time frame as to when they would be deported by force, he added that they were encouraged to leave the country willingly.
Meanwhile, the students said they will seek refuge at an Auckland’s inner-city church from 6 February till their deportation is revoked or they are deported forcefully.
Since May 2016, issued to 191 Indian students Deportation Liability Notices, also known as Deportation Orders, of whom 125 have left the country.