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Areas of expertise

Qualifications

LLB (Victoria University)

Master of International Security (Intelligence), Distinction (Massey)

Alternative contact

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Sascha Knighton

Tash's experience crosses multiple jurisdictions and includes immigration visa processing, technical and risk advice for the New Zealand Government and the management of immigration professionals in both the public and private sectors.

She has been working in the immigration field for over a decade, and has spent time based in Washington DC, London and Singapore.

Before joining Cavell Leitch, Tash spent two years working for a global immigration firm in their London and Singapore offices where she provided regional immigration advice to large multinational companies and lead a team of immigration advisors dedicated to these accounts.

Her broad experience in the immigration industry means that she is well place to provide practical support and advice to clients.

"I am truly passionate about the world of immigration and I thrive on the challenge that a particularly tricky case presents."


In her role leading Cavell Leitch’s immigration team, Tash specialises in corporate immigration for large New Zealand employers, and navigating clients through the difficulties caused by COVID-19 and New Zealand’s border restrictions. Due to her experience, she is also regularly instructed to act for clients in medical waiver, character waiver and complex border exemption requests.

Recent work

  • Secured border exemptions and visa for several individuals working on high-profile projects in the North and South islands
  • Assisted a large multi-national client with securing accredited employer status
  • Secured accreditation for the different entities for a large New Zealand employer.
  • Applied for and obtained a medical waiver for an individual with a potentially costly health concern.

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