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Claims that Filipino farm workers have falsified documents while applying for New Zealand visas are being investigated by immigration officials.

A Filipino diplomat confirmed the investigation to Radio New Zealand, after allegations were laid that some workers paid $15,000 to counterfeit documents in order to get work.

In August, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) were criticised for holding up visas for Filipino dairy workers.

At the time, Hamilton-based Greenstone Recruitment director Graydon Sharratt alleged the halt was because of allegations of documentation fraud in Christchurch.

This was denied by INZ, which said the delays were due to a higher level of scrutiny being placed on applicants.

The issue was first raised after workers renewing their visas found the paperwork was different to the documents they had originally applied with.

Earl Magtibay, of the Filipino Dairy Workers Association, told RNZ the investigation was targeting one recruiter who had brought 150 workers to the South Island and was implicated in 80 per cent of the falsified document cases.

 – Stuff