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Thought Leaders

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Global Leader

Corporate Immigration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"One of the top names in New Zealand"

"David handles some really interesting cases"


David Ryken is recognised as a leading immigration lawyer in New Zealand. He founded and manages one of New Zealand’s largest teams of legal professionals providing a full range of immigration services to corporates and individuals.  David’s personal practice includes corporate and investor category visas, including secondments for multinational companies.

Since 2000, David has been a member of the immigration committee of the International Bar Association. He regularly presents papers at local and global conferences on business investor and other immigration issues, and is often asked to give evidence as an immigration expert in matters before the courts.

David also appears regularly in New Zealand’s courts on a wide range of matters including appeals and judicial reviews of immigration decisions, and in our criminal courts in cases involving immigration compliance and deportation. David has also contributed to a number of textbooks on New Zealand immigration law.

David heads a team of enthusiastic and committed legal professionals, proficient in a number of languages. His team are committed to providing a prompt, accurate and professional service to clients around the globe who are interested in doing business, working or staying permanently in New Zealand. Ryken and Associates combines its advice and experience with all aspects of legal practice including employment, family, criminal and commercial law, where these intersect.

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