Our Team

Lauren Qiu

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Lauren is the Principal of Stay Legal. She is an experienced specialist immigration lawyer who provides honest advice and practical solutions. She has presented at national and regional seminars on immigration law. Lauren is currently an immigration law guest lecturer teaching aspiring immigration advisers and an immigration law commentary author.

Lauren is practical, effective, and dedicated. Lauren has assisted employers with practical advice, high-net-worth individuals with tailored solutions, skilled migrants and their families to gain residency, and unlawful migrants regain their lawful status. She has successfully requested character waivers, medical waivers, ministerial special directions, and appealed decisions.

Community Involvement

Committee Member - Auckland District Law Society Immigration & Refugee Law Committee
Member - Tauranga Migrant Settlement Network (an Immigration New Zealand led Welcoming Communities initiative)
Volunteer Immigration Solicitor - Citizens Advice Bureau (Tauranga)

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Paul Milne

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Paul is a Legal Analyst at Stay Legal. He has worked as a specialist immigration lawyer. Paul truly listens and cares for his clients.

Paul started his legal career at one of New Zealand’s top law firms and he has worked on a wide range of immigration matters both in New Zealand and in China. He was previously a university law lecturer overseas and is currently also teaching papers to future licensed immigration advisers.

Paul has assisted clients with solving a vast range of visa issues. He has worked with employers, investors, and entrepreneurs. Paul has helped many clients to become New Zealand residents. He has experience in obtaining character waivers, ministerial special directions, and has successfully appealed cases.

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Jennie Whelan


Jennie is an Immigration Case Manager at Stay Legal. Jennie has previously worked as a Legal Administrator supporting a busy and reputable legal team in a leading law firm in the Bay of Plenty. Jennie also has extensive executive-level administrative experience gained in various professional services, including within the medical profession.

Jennie has worked in many locations around the world, she therefore has the practical knowledge and experience of what it is like to be on the customer-side of immigration. Jennie understands how tricky it can be to juggle work with immigration compliance. Jennie is highly-organised, caring, and efficient. She is dedicated to working with clients to reach their long-term goals.

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Our Services


Individuals & Families

Let's Talk

Phone: +64 7 575 2882
Email: hello@staylegal.co.nz
Visit: Basestation,
1/148 Durham Street,
Tauranga Central,
Tauranga 3110
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