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 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

Business Residence Class Visas

BUSINESS RESIDENCE CLASS VISAS   INTRODUCTION This paper will consider Immigration New Zealand’s policy in the following areas: (i) Investor 1 (Investor Plus). (ii) Investor 2. (iii) Entrepreneur (Work to Residence). (iv) Permanent Residence. (v) Parent Retirement (an investor category). After discussing the basic policy provisions by way of introduction, there will be further discussion … Read more

Convictions and Good Character Issues: Clean Slate and Immigration Consequences

Convictions and Good Character Issues:  Clean Slate and Immigration Consequences   Introduction   Section 14(1) Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004:   “If an individual is an eligible individual, he or she is deemed to have no criminal record for the purposes of any question asked of him or her about his or her criminal record.” … Read more

Case Law Update – IPT Residence Appeals

This paper was first delivered at the LexisNexis Immigration Law Conference on 22 May 2018 Stewart Dalley, Associate; Somang you, Senior Solicitor, and Pooja Sundar, Solicitor, Ryken and Associates   RESIDENCE APPEALS – CURRENT LANDSCAPE   Since last year’s conference there have been 235 decisions fully uploaded to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal’s website (covering … Read more

Recent changes to immigration laws: Implications for hospitality employers

This article first appeared in October 2017 issue of Hospitality Insights Vol 1, No 1, Inaugural issue. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) recently announced changes to the skilled migrant residence and essential-skills work visas based on a strong association between skills and salary. This shift will impact both employers and migrants, especially in hospitality. According to the INZ, … Read more

Securing the right to be called mother

Securing the right to be called mother. Following a complaint to the Human Rights Commission, the Department of Internal Affairs has agreed to change its procedures, and allow two women to be named on a child’s birth certificate as “mother” and “mother” or “mother” and “parent”. Further, the Department of Internal Affairs has confirmed that … Read more