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Immigration officials deport groom on his wedding day

By Mason White 1:33 PM August 25, 2017
Sukhwinder Singh with Carolyn Macey
Sukhwinder Singh with Carolyn Macey
By: William Martin

A bride and groom are devastated that their wedding plans were ruined and their marriage placed on hold.

23-year-old Sukhwinder Singh from Bilaspur, India, arrived in New Zealand with a student visa in January 2014, to study Business at Abacus Institute of Studies.

On New Year’s Day 2015, he met Carolyn Macey, 30, and the two began dating. They have been in a relationship since then.

The two tried to renew Singh’s visa when it expired, but were unable to do so. They decided to get married in order to prove their love.

However, before they were able to carry out their plans, immigration officials ordered Singh to leave the county.

Singh and Macey had invited wedding guests and were preparing to get married when immigration officials came to their home in Christchurch, where they served the groom a deportation order.

Singh said that officials wanted to take him into custody for overstaying his visa, but they agreed to give him until 3:00 p.m. to buy a ticket to return to India.

He has borrowed money from friends and bought a ticket to fly home next month.

Singh worked as a maintenance engineer at McDonald’s, but he was forced to stop working in May, when his visa expired. He has since been home taking care of Macey’s 6-year-old son.

The couple said that they are confused over immigration official’s refusal to give a visa.