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

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

New Zealand’s multi-cultural heritage: The Dalmatians

Over one hundred and fifty languages are spoken in Auckland, making it one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities.  The 2018 census reveals that 41.6% of Aucklanders were born overseas, most commonly in Asia and the Pacific Islands. One of the earliest non-British waves of migrants was from Dalmatia, a region along the Adriatic … 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

Surrogacy and Egg donor Seminar 15 Feb 2020

06/12/2019 by Stewart Dalley Surrogacy & Egg Donor Seminar – Auckland 15 February 2020 By: Stewart Dalley Stewart Dalley will be presenting on the legal aspects of international and domestic surrogacy at the Families Through Surrogacy seminar in Auckland on 15 February 2020. https://www.growingfamilies.org/auckland-seminar-feb-2020/ Joining Stewart will be Tamati Coffey MP and his partner who … 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