ABOUT US

ABOUT US

We strive to make our services as accessible as possible to all migrants.

Immigration Chambers - Legally qualified specialists and advisers.

Immigration Chambers is made up of legally trained professionals specialising in New Zealand immigration laws. We offer the highest level of immigration advice and expertise in all aspects of immigration law, including all complex legal matters that arise in the immigration context.

We at Immigration Chambers are a dedicated, ethnically diverse and close-knit team of multilingual professionals who are genuinely interested in supporting our clients. We understand each situation is different and our advice reflects this. Our knowledge and the depth of our industry experience allows us to predict and pre-empt issues you may have. 

Members of our staff speak English, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Punjabi, Russian, and Vietnamese for your convenience, ensuring we communicate appropriately to understand your immigration requirements.

Meet our team members

DAVID FISHER

Director/Immigration Law Specialist

David is our Director and an immigration specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Auckland and is well-versed and knowledgeable in all aspects of New Zealand immigration law.

To ask for David’s advice, please phone: (+64) 9 218 9991 or email: david@iclegal.co.nz

LUCY HE

Immigration Law Specialist

Lucy holds a Bachelor Degree in Media Studies, Political Science and International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington. She is currently studying in the final year of her Bachelor of Law at Waikato University.

Lucy has worked as a Licensed Immigration Adviser for around 10 years. She is specialised in the following areas:

  • Appeals against declined decisions for residence to Immigration and Protection Tribunals (IPT)
  • Residence applications under Skilled Migrant Category
  • Residence applications under Family Categories, including Partnership Category
  • Residence applications under Business Categories
  • Unlawful status under Section 61 of Immigration Act 2009

Before joining us, Lucy managed the Wellington Office of a highly regarded immigration consultancy from January 2013 to August 2016. She also worked on a part-time basis as a member of the academic team responsible for delivering the Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice (Level 7), at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (the current Toi Ohomai) from March 2014 to July 2015. That is a compulsory programme for all advisers before they can apply for their licence.

Lucy has extensive experience in assessing and arguing complicated applications and appeals. She has been successfully with all her appeals to IPT to date.

Lucy’s contact is lucy@iclegal.co.nz or Phone: + 64 9 218 9991.

SHIV DEEPAK

Practice Manager

Shiv is our Practice Manager. He holds a Master of Business Administration from India and extensive work experience in a management position at HDFC Bank, a top-rated commercial bank in India. 

In New Zealand, he completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Business from UUNZ, affiliated by the University of Southern Queensland, and is working towards become licensed as an Immigration Adviser.

Our clients with language barrier greatly appreciate Shiv’s support, as he is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi. Contact Shiv at shiv@iclegal.co.nz or phone +64 9 218 9991.

FRANCESCA GIANSANTI

Licensed Immigration Adviser

Francesca holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from the Università di Roma Tre, Rome, Italy. She then developed her career as an immigration lawyer working with hundreds of migrants and helping them to gain work rights and residency in Italy. In 2010, she moved to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband, then went through the immigration process herself to initially gain New Zealand residency and, ultimately, citizenship.

Francesca has taught Italian language and culture at different schools in Auckland, Meanwhile, she has also studied toward a Diploma in Professional Immigration Advice and is now working as a New Zealand Licensed Immigration Adviser. With years of experience working with migrants in Italy and in New Zealand, she understands all the challenges that migrants and their family have to face when relocating to a new country. She loves to help people realise their relocation dreams.

Francesca speaks Italian, English and has functional Spanish also. To seek her advice, please email francesca@iclegal.co.nz.

MINJI LEE

Licensed Immigration Adviser

Minji is an Australian lawyer, registered Australian migration agent, and a licensed immigration adviser in New Zealand.

She initially relocated from Korea to Australia in 2008 to pursue her law degree at La Trobe Law school, Melbourne. After graduating, she gained years of experience in practicing personal injury and employment law. In the past few years, Minji has made her determination to gain knowledge in Australian and New Zealand immigration laws. She has been working with us as a licensed adviser for Australian and New Zealand migration.

Minji speaks Korean and English. To receive her advice, please call +64 9 218 9991 or email minji@iclegal.co.nz.

DORA XI

Licensed Immigration Adviser

Dora has received professional learning in the fields of immigration law and business administration. She has successfully achieved:

  •  Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice from Toi Ohomai. This is the compulsory programme that all immigration advisers need to complete before they can apply for their licence
  •  Postgraduate Diploma in Business
  •  Bachelor of Management.

Dora’s on-the-job training in business administration has provided her with practical insights into the day-to-day operation of a fully-functioning business. This enables her to make well founded and convincing submissions to Immigration New Zealand about a business’s management and financial control. The knowledge and skills Dora has in this area are crucial to preparing comprehensive and compelling applications under Skilled Migrant Category and Business Categories. As a Licensed Immigration Adviser, Dora is committed to our companies’ joint mission that we will always act in good faith and in the best interests of our clients – we uphold our clients’ right to a fair hearing.

Dora’s email is dora@iclegal.co.nz or phone +64 9 218 9991.

GIANNA DANG

Licensed Immigration Adviser

Gianna is our licensed adviser at the Auckland office. She has been working with David for 2 years and holds a Master of Law from the University of Auckland.

Before moving to New Zealand, she completed a Bachelor of Laws in her country, Vietnam then gained significant work experience with two prominent international law firms.

Gianna helps with resolving different legal aspects of the case, including PPI responses, escalation challenges, appeals to the Tribunal and the Minister with matters related to immigration and humanitarian laws.

Gianna speaks English, Vietnamese and is undertaking French language courses. To contact Gianna, please email gianna@iclegal.co.nz or phone +64 9 218 9991.

VALERIE HIRSCH

Licensed Immigration Adviser

Valerie holds a PhD from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. She studied social science at Salzburg University, Austria. As a lecturer Valerie has been teaching such papers as ‘Global Studies’, ‘Social Philosophy’, ‘Logic’, and ‘Political Science’. More than six years her research interests were focused on global studies and migration as a social phenomenon. 

In 2013, Valerie completed her Postgraduate Diploma in International Communication in New Zealand. Since then she is working in the International Marketing sector promoting Tertiary Education in New Zealand internationally. 

With many years of experience in education Valerie has helped hundreds of students and their families from Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Mongolia, and other countries to come to New Zealand and make their dreams come true. 

By Immigration Advisers Authority Valerie has been granted a licence, so she can operate as an Immigration Adviser in order to provide the best service to international students, graduates and their families.

Valerie’s email is valerie@iclegal.co.nz 

BRIAN LEE

Education & Marketing Manager

Brian is our Customer service and Marketing manager. As a native Korean speaker, he is also in charge of taking care of our Korean clients. He has had a successful career as a professional English teacher in both Korea and New Zealand, holding Diploma In TESOL.

He has also an extensive level of knowledge in the immigration field due to his prior business experience. Brian’s customer focused attitude means that his clients receive great support and services in relation to their visa matters.

Brian’s contact details are brian@iclegal.co.nz or phone: +64 9 218 9991

SHIVAM CHAWLA

Legal Analyst

Shivam migrated to New Zealand from India with his family at the young age of nine. Although the Kiwi culture is deep-rooted in Shivam’s upbringing, he has also maintained an ongoing connection with his Indian heritage. Shivam can fluently speak English, Hindi and Punjabi. Shivam has obtained a Bachelors in Laws (Honours) and Bachelors in Commerce degree from the University of Auckland. He is currently pursuing the Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice.

The powerhouse combination of these qualifications ultimately make Shivam a reliable source for the provision of competent immigration advice, and solutions on complex legal matters. Shivam has also gained experience by working with top corporate companies, and managing his family’s retail business. As a result, he is well equipped with the understanding of common issues faced by individuals and businesses alike, including in the context of immigration. Shivam’s peers consider him to be a genuinely helpful, passionate, kind and hardworking person. He prides himself on his interest in helping make people’s lives easier in whatever way possible. Please contact Shivam at shivam@iclegal.co.nz or phone: + 64 9 218 9991

WILSON DU

Legal Analyst

Wilson holds a Master degree in Economics and a Bachelor Degree in Law from Nankai University, China and also has finished law studies at The University of Auckland, currently on practice training to be a licensed New Zealand lawyer.

Wilson has been a licensed Chinese Lawyer for ten years mainly specializing in commercial law, contract law, insurance law and real estate law. Wilson has been working in the Immigration industry for more than two years, developing the knowledge and skills in communicating with clients, assisting licensed immigration advisors in dealing with various visa applications, especially in the business category, skilled migrant, essential skills work visa, visitor visa and student visa.

As a migrant moving to New Zealand 6 years ago, Wilson has seen so many people need quality professional legal advice and aid in their meaningful steps in life, he really wishes he could contribute to help as a future qualified immigration lawyer, by sharing his knowledge of New Zealand and Chinese Law, his spirit of helping, his professionalism of being culturally and ethically appropriate, and his passion and empathy.

Wilson can effectively communicate in both English and Mandarin. His email address is wilson@iclegal.co.nz or phone + 64 9 218 9991

HAYAN LEE

Office Administrator

Hayan supports our advisers with administration tasks and other daily duties that occur. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business from her hometown Seoul, Korea then moved to New Zealand in 2018 to complete a Postgraduate Diploma of Business Administration. 

Hayan’s email address is hayan@iclegal.co.nz.