About Mahafrin Variava
Mahafrin joined Turner Hopkins in October 2017 as an Immigration Lawyer. She completed her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Waikato in 2012 and after working for large organisations like ACC and ANZ for a few years, Mahafrin decided it was time to enter the legal profession and has not looked back.
Her experience includes dealing with complex immigration matters from character and medical waivers to representing clients at the Immigration Protection Tribunal and at Humanitarian Interviews. Mahafrin has acted for offshore clients and onshore clients from various parts of the world (China, the Philippines and India to name a few), advising them at all stages of their immigration journey.
Coming from a migrant background, Mahafrin understands the challenges that migrants face when accessing legal services, which is why she believes in transcending beyond cultural and language barriers to provide effective service and pragmatic, tailored legal advice to her clients.
If you wish to visit the gorgeous South Island, or study at one of the best management schools in the Southern Hemisphere, work with some amazing start-ups or even just bring your family over to live in Aotearoa and make yearly family trips to places like Great Barrier Island - talk to Mahafrin.
- Legalwise January 2019: "Immigration New Zealand Policy and Challenges of Character Requirements of Support Partners" (Part 1 and 2)
- Law Talk April 2019: "Accredited employers, the current policy, proposed policy changes and what's next"
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“I reach out to Mahafrin at Turner Hopkins after having applied for my visa and received negative feedback from INZ and having many issues with my employer at that time. She handled my essential skills visa applications and then my boyfriend's partnership visa. She guided us through the process and did an amazing job despite our really complex situation. She was understanding and resourceful. We both got our visas in the end and we cannot thank her enough for what she has done for us. Now Mahafrin is helping us to get our residency. The cost might be more expensive than other lawyers but it's totally worth it! I highly recommend Turner Hopkins for immigration processes.”
“Thank you so much to the team at Turner Hopkins.
It was a very tough and long battle with INZ but you guys made it easier and possible, you were on top of everything. Special thanks to Aaron and Mahafrin Variava who fought like battlers and got my Residence Visa Approved. It would not have been possible without Mahafrin.
Applying for a visa can be a very stressful job so if anyone is looking for the best immigration advice contact Mahafrin, she has the solution for every immigration matter. Highly recommended A++++++”
“Our efforts to find a lawyer willing to deal with our problem came to nought. Turner Hopkins were recommended to us by a person who is also a lawyer. We really appreciated the speed that our needs were dealt with, and that we were kept informed of progress. ”