Our Immigration Lawyers

NZ Immigration Specialists.

At Pacific Legal, we are committed to facilitating your aspirations of building a life in New Zealand. Our legal expertise encompasses a comprehensive suite of immigration services including Residence Visas, Temporary Work Visas, Visitor Visas, Skilled Migrant Category applications, and Student Visas. We also specialize in resolving Hard Immigration cases, offering strategic solutions for complex legal challenges such as deportation, detention, and appeals. With a meticulous approach to the application process and a robust understanding of New Zealand’s immigration legislation, our team ensures your case is addressed with the utmost professionalism and diligence. Trust Pacific Legal to navigate your immigration journey with precision and care.

Pacific Legal Immigration Lawyer Specialists


Richard Small

Richard Small

Director/Senior Lawyer

Richard Small has over 20 years of specialist experience as a lawyer in his field. He holds New Zealand Law Society Committee positions and is often quoted in national media as an immigration expert. A past Chair and member of the New Zealand Society Immigration and Refugee Law committees, Richard was appointed to the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Association of Migration Investment (NZAMI) in 2015, the peak body for immigration advisers in New Zealand.

Anaise Small

Anaise Small


Anaise is co-owner and founder of the firm with Richard. She has a high profile in the Tongan community and is fluent in Tongan. Anaise co-ordinates our interviews for Pacific clients in Auckland and Tonga.

Anaise manages the relationship with our Pacific clients and assists with the administration of the firm.

Richard's Visa & Immigration Blogs

Immigration Law Blogs

Richard’s Blogs, your go-to source for the latest updates on New Zealand immigration. Whether you’re a newcomer excited to start a new life in Aotearoa or a seasoned Kiwi looking to bring loved ones to the land of the long white cloud, you’ll find valuable insights and practical advice on visas, residence, citizenship, and other matters of interest to immigrants and their families.

Richard is an experienced immigration lawyer who has helped countless clients navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of NZ immigration. In his blogs, he shares his knowledge and expertise on a wide range of topics, from the basics of applying for a visa to the finer points of policy and procedure

Our Clients' Journey to Residency: Real Stories from Pacific Legal


At Pacific Legal, we understand that every residency story is a personal journey marked by challenges and triumphs. The case studies of our clients—families, individuals, and businesses—reflect not just the complexity of immigration processes but the profound impact of dedicated legal support. These testimonials from those who’ve navigated the path to New Zealand residency with us are a testament to our commitment to delivering tailored solutions and peace of mind, even amidst the most daunting circumstances. From reuniting loved ones during lockdowns to simplifying convoluted visa applications and turning around difficult cases that seemed impossible, our team stands by our clients every step of the way. Read on to discover how Pacific Legal has been instrumental in transforming the lives of our clients by securing their future in New Zealand.

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We offer immigration advice through our experienced team who maintain a thorough understanding of the current immigration legislation. We are not afraid of difficult cases and unexpected events.