THE Chinese couple who were detained from Nabua last week following claims they were operating an illegal dentistry at their residence are not likely to be deported anytime soon.
Director of Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa said the duo had breached the Immigration Act.
Last week, the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) and the Ministry of Health joined police and the immigration department in the investigation.
He said no decision had been made on their deportation because they would not be able to leave the country pending investigations.
"They have breached the respective laws and now, we await the investigation from relevant authorities," Major Vuniwaqa said.
Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma said investigations were in progress and they needed to ascertain some information before further details were released.
The Department of Immigration and the police raided the couple's home after a tip-off from the neighbour that they had been illegally operating a dental surgery for the past three years from their home at Mead Rd in Nabua.
According to Major Vuniwaqa, the man is a holder of a valid Investor Permit for Timber Processing while his wife was issued with a co-extensive permit to reside.
The woman, he said, did not possess a working permit but she was believed to be a dental officer.
Police spokesman Atunaisa Sokomuri referred all questions to the immigration department.