The New Zealand Government’s Unlawful Suspension of Statutory Processes and Applications

11 September 2020 This paper focusses on the unlawful suspension of processes involving residence applicants and grantees under the Investor Categories 1 and 2.[1]  In particular the paper examines the following: The investor mid-investment checks at the two-year point for Investor 1 and Investor 2 residents (who have already been granted residence). The subsequent post-investment … Read more

Entry Permission COVID-19 Rules for Married Couples

The article in The New Zealand Herald on 3 August 2020 involving a married couple, one of whom is an Australian citizen, the other a New Zealand citizen has incorrect information.  It is proposed that a petition will be filed with Parliament.  Please note that both entry permission rules and residence and temporary visa rules … Read more

Immigration’s unlawful refusal to consider visa applicatons

Since the return to work at level one at midnight on 9 June 2020, Immigration New Zealand’s officers (at least those working within the territory of New Zealand) have been able to return to work.  It is understood that Immigration New Zealand’s offices in other countries such as China (Beijing) and India (Mumbai) may not … Read more

Judicial Review of Post-Tribunal Ministerials

Yan Zhang v Minister of Immigration [2020] NZHC 568 (19 March 2020) In a recent decision the High Court at Auckland has confirmed that the decision of the Associate Minister of Immigration to refuse to grant residence as an exception after a referral back from the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, can amount to Wednesbury unreasonableness. … Read more

Immigration relief measures by country during Covid-19

Immigration relief measures by country during Covid-19:(an International Bar Association Project of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee) New Zealand Contributor: David Ryken, Ryken and Associates, Barristers and Solicitors, Auckland New Zealand Inbound travel/border restrictions 3 February 2020: Travel from China banned except for New Zealand citizens, residents and foreigners who have been outside of … Read more

Investor Residence in New Zealand

Investor Residence in New Zealand New Zealand has unique residence rules. After qualifying for residence and, in the case of the investor categories, after the investment period is complete, residence is held indefinitely, without any further presence requirement. During the investment period residence is held and the grantee (and his or her dependants) can chose … Read more

Ryken and Associates are open for business

Ryken & Associates - NZ Visa

Ryken and Associates leading immigration lawyers remains open for business during Covid-19, with all staff working from home. We are lodging visa applications and getting others ready. Although not yet announced we may come out of level 4 and be able to re-open our office on or about 23 April (depending on the government’s decision … Read more

Investor visas to New Zealand during Covid-19

Ryken and Associates remains open for business during our lock-down coronavirus response with almost all of our staff working from home remotely. New Zealand’s response to the pandemic clearly indicates a jurisdiction that cares for all its people (including the elderly and vulnerable), and is willing to make the necessary sacrifices to ensure we are … Read more

Investor Residence for New Zealand

INTERNATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION GLOBAL IMMIGRATION CONFERENCE 30 October – 1 November 2019 NEW ZEALAND’S HALFWAY HOUSE INVESTOR VISAS FOR LIFE David Ryken, Principal New Zealand’s Halfway House Investor Visas For Life New Zealand does not sell passports or have an investor citizenship program.  What it does offer however is quite unique throughout the world.  After … Read more