Live in New Zealand – South Africa

Unlike migration agencies and advisors, Lane Neave offers specialist immigration lawyers who deliver an expertly managed end-to-end emigration experience for our South African clients looking to successfully move to and live in New Zealand.

We are proud to say that we are the largest and most respected provider of immigration services in New Zealand.  This has been built on a solid platform of successful emigration moves over many years.

It’s also a myth that using a lawyer results in higher fees than using an agent.  The reality is the opposite, working with us will help you avoid delays and will guarantee you get excellent advice at a fair price, and unlike advisors we are looking to create a long term relationship for your future life in New Zealand, we don’t look to “clip the ticket” on a one-off instruction.

Why you should partner with Lane Neave for your move

1. We’ve walked your path and speak your language
Our team includes a number of South Africans who have personally been through the journey and are passionate about helping you to live and work in New Zealand. Some have also used our visa services.  Our international team is fluent in a number of languages, including Afrikaans.

2. We bring experience
We have successfully represented thousands of individuals and families to successfully make the move to New Zealand over the last 20 years. We also run the full gamut when it comes to visas and immigration law.  Our specialist expertise ranges from completing standard visa applications to helping with complicated cases, dealing with medical issues, character issues, appeals and other situations that require complex arguments, so no matter how challenging the process is, we can handle it.

3. Expert advice at a fair price
Our fees are fair and reasonable. Lawyers in New Zealand are bound by a set of ethical standards, enforced by the New Zealand Law Society, including how we charge for our help.  However, advisors charge what they call a “market rate” and we are sad to say that can sometimes result in high fees and hidden costs.  Compare our prices – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

4. No large up front fees with us
We believe a fair way of working together is for you to pay in instalments as we work through the process. This is so the costs are balanced out across the instruction and the fees reflect the stage of where we’re at.   Of course, this gives us an incentive to avoid delays through the process and ultimately results in a really efficient service for you.  Be aware of advisers who propose charging large amounts upfront.

5. We’re a one-stop-shop for legal support
Lane Neave is a full service, national law firm with close to 180 staff. This means we (literally) sit alongside experts in all other areas of law.  Whether you’re looking to set up a business, purchase property, review your employment agreements, create a new will (or anything in-between) we’ll be here to help you out.   Most of our immigration clients become lifelong friends of our firm.  We have a vested interest in delivering value in the first instruction to secure your trust for many more years to come.

6. We help with a network of connections
We can make introductions to the right people (and help you avoid the sharks) to assist with a wide range of services, including (but not limited to) relocation, recruitment, banking, and accountancy/tax. Think of it a bit like a concierge service. It’s also important for you to know that our introductions are not motivated by money – we don’t take referral fees when we connect you with other service providers like advisers do, in fact, we are legally prohibited from doing so. Our only requirement is that other businesses we refer you to provide you with a great service.

7. National reach to help you wherever you settle
We have immigration experts in all four Lane Neave offices – Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown. No matter where you settle in New Zealand, we’ll have an office close by with a team who can assist you.  We’re also well versed in working remotely – in fact a number of South African clients we’ve successfully helped have not required a face-to-face meeting.

8. We are trusted by the New Zealand Government
The New Zealand Government trusts lawyers to make certified copies of the documents you require during the immigration process – we do this in-house at no extra cost. Advisors are not qualified lawyers and are therefore required to get an expert to certify on your behalf or get you to organise certification yourself. Lane Neave is also one of a selected number of law firm on the All of Government panel for the delivery of legal services to government organisations.

9. The same time zone
Using Lane Neave rather than an advisor in South Africa means we’re in the same time zone as you when you land. More importantly, we’re also in the same time zone as your employer and as Immigration New Zealand who will be processing your application.

10. Free assessment to determine your prospects
We know that there’s a range of factors that are taken into consideration when applying for immigration to New Zealand. We will give you a free assessment on your prospects of success. We also provide the option to complete a quick basic assessment or our comprehensive full assessment online, and we won’t look to act for you unless we believe you have a good chance of success.

11. Advice that is in your best interests
We are focused on successful residency outcomes for our clients and will give you honest advice up front. Our goal is not to add an expense, but to add value to your migration experience. If you think shifting your house is stressful try shifting countries. Our job is to take care of some of that complexity so you can focus on the other key issues involved with your physical move.

12. You’re dealing with real experts
There are plenty of sharks out there who promote themselves as experts. Qualifying as an immigration lawyer requires a substantial amount of training and the New Zealand Law Society ensure we maintain high professional standards. As a result, we have a deep understanding of the complex rules and regulations and are on top of the frequent changes and developments.

Lane Neave – the first choice for South African’s looking to call New Zealand home.

For further information or assistance with emigration please contact Lane Neave Lawyers on + 64 3 379 3720 or email

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Mark Williams
Partner, Lane Neave

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Rachael MasonRachael Mason
Partner, Lane Neave

t +64 3 372 6323
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Daniel Kruger
Partner, Lane Neave

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m +64 27 517 4828