We provide legal advice and representation to clients needing help with all New Zealand immigration and citizenship issues. We specialize in Resident Visas, Appeals, Deportation hearings, complaints, as well as Work Visas, Visitor Visas and Student Visas.
"We are possibly the largest specialist Immigration law firm in New Zealand.
We have a combination of experience and specialist training to help with any New Zealand Immigration issues."
We are a specialist immigration law firm, based in Auckland, New Zealand.
We are a team of lawyers specialising in New Zealand Immigration. As lawyers we have training and expertise in the laws, policies, rules and regulations relating to New Zealand Immigration. Our team of specialised Immigration Lawyers have a high level of expertise that only comes from working exclusively with New Zealand Immigration Law. With 21 year's experience in all aspects of Immigration Law, founder of the firm, Mr Alastair McClymont, has the skill and expertise to oversee all the work undertaken by the firm.
All of our lawyers have had their legal training in New Zealand or overseas universities that teach in the English medium. Our staff speaks Hindi, Punjabi, Mandarin, Gujarati and Tamil. We also have regular access to interpreters in Thai, Khmer and Vietnamese.
Alastair McClymont has over 23 years of experience in immigration law. He began work in Auckland as a lawyer in 1996 for a large litigation and immigration law firm. By 2000 Alastair was specialising solely in immigration work including refugee applications and appeals and appearance on immigration reviews in the New Zealand High Court and Court of Appeal. Alastair set up his own firm in 2001 under the name Monk and McClymont, a two lawyer firm based in central Auckland concentrating solely on immigration. In 2005 Alastair began working on his own as a barrister and solicitor continuing to concentrate solely on immigration work. Since 2005 the firm has expanded and now operates under the name McClymont and Associates. In what spare time Alastair can get he enjoys sailing, mountain biking, travel and spending time with his wife and young children.
Aakanksha McClymont has been working with Alastair in this firm for more than 10 years. Originally from Chandigarh in India she graduated with a BA in Psychology but is most proud of her Master's degree in Common Sense. Aakanksha is the point of contact for most clients of the firm looking out for their best interests, helping them navigate the difficulties of the immigration process and managing the workload of the lawyers and admin staff working on the files. Aakanksha loves being busy and when not running the office she loves travel, socialising, exercising, friends and family.
Ramya Sathiyanathan graduated from the University of Auckland and has a conjoint degree in Law and Arts. Prior to working at McClymont & Associates, Ramya was dealing with civil and immigration matters as a Junior at a Barrister's Chambers, with a focus on refugee applications, appeals and judicial reviews. She has experience in Entrepreneur and Investor Category applications, as well as Skilled Migrant and Partnership-based visa applications. Ramya is originally from Sri Lanka and is fluent in Tamil. She enjoys travelling and has completed an exchange semester in New York during her time at University. In her spare time Ramya enjoys shopping, attending concerts and exercising.
Nicole Ann Mitchell
Nicole Ann Mitchell graduated from the University of Auckland in 2012 and has a conjoint degree in Law and Arts. Prior to working at McClymont & Associates, Nicole worked at an Auckland Law Firm practising in immigration law including dealing with a wide variety of temporary and permanent visa applications, appeals, section 61 requests and special directions. Nicole is born and bred in Auckland and in her spare time enjoys travelling, exercising, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.
We assist clients from all over the world. Some clients are living in other countries and want visas to travel to New Zealand, some clients are in New Zealand already and we meet regularly. No matter where you are, we can help.
Our firm specialises in clients from Asian countries – we have large client bases from India, China, Cambodia and Vietnam. We also represent many clients from South Africa, Fiji, Middle East, Iran, North America and Europe.
We assist many migrants from overseas, some of whom we don’t meet until they arrive here on Resident Visas.
We provide legal advice and representation in a range of immigration law related matters. This includes work, student, resident, visitor visa applications as well as Resident and Humanitarian appeals and Entreprenuer and Investor Category applications.
Why consult with us?
We are possibly the largest specialist Immigration law firm in New Zealand. We have a combination of experience and specialist training to help with any New Zealand Immigration issues.
Why use an immigration lawyer?
Our specialty is in the more difficult immigration cases, including appeals to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, complaints on applications at managerial level of Immigration New Zealand, complaints to other bodies including Office of the Ombudsman and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, reconsiderations and appeals on declined visas of any type.
While many licensed Immigration Advisers also provide quality advice, many of them unfortunately have very limited training, experience or English language skills. As trained lawyers, we have expertise in Administrative Law and a wealth of experience in Immigration Law. We are capable of tackling any problems that might occur during any Immigration application or appeal.
By law, New Zealand lawyers are exempt from registration with IAA (Immigration Advisers Authority) and can give immigration advice without a licence. Refer to IAA link "Who is exempt?"
The advantage of instructing McClymont and Associates to act on your behalf therefore can be summarised as follows:
The firm has a total combined experience of more than 27 years in immigration law. The lawyers are New Zealand trained with law degrees and Master’s Degrees in Law and are all native English speakers. With professionals taking care of your visa application, you can invest more time and energy to your life and work.
Immigration work is all about law rules and regulations. These are taught in law schools and lawyers are required to properly analyse and argue immigration cases. In order to become a licensed Immigration Adviser a much lower level of experience and training is required. Many Immigration Advisers have a poor understanding of English, have no legal training and have very little experience. Whilst many advisers are able to lodge simple applications the arguing of complex legal issues in appeals and declines is an area which should be left exclusively for lawyers.
Your interest is protected. McClymont and Associates operate a Trust Account which is regularly monitored and audited by the New Zealand Law Society. All money paid into the Trust Account must be receipted and accounted for and billed only upon completion of the work required. Clients are entitled to access the information regarding payment of funds, disbursements and billing at any time. Any complaints regarding our services can be made directly to the New Zealand Law Society who is obliged by law to investigate and make a decision on the complaint. The New Zealand Law Society have the power to enforce a refund of fees, impose a monetary penalty or even the cancellation of a Practicing Certificate if it is found that we have breached rules regarding code of conduct for lawyers.
You can search for information of our lawyers at the New Zealand Law Society website
Our legal fees are usually fact specific and will be dependent on your personal circumstances.
However, the list below provides a general indication on how much we charge for various matters
(excluding GST, immigration fees and any disbursements):
Residence application under the Skilled Migrant Category $7000 - $8000
Work Visa application under the Essential Skills Category $2000 - $3500
Student Visa applications $1250 - $2000
Visitor Visa applications $1000 - $2500
Work Visa applications under the Partnership Category $1500 - $2500
Residence applications under the Partnership Category $3500 - $4500