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Associate Counsel

Ryan S. Neely


Vancouver / Kelowna

Key Practice Area

Immigration Law

Year of Call


Practice Areas

Immigration Law

Year Of Call


Ryan first came to the firm as a summer student in 2002. Upon completion of his LL.B., Ryan returned to complete his articles in 2003, and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2004. At Farris he splits his time equally between the Vancouver and Kelowna offices.

Ryan maintains a diverse immigration practice at Farris providing advice to clients on a variety of immigration matters, including assisting Canadian companies wishing to bring foreign nationals into Canada on work permits and other related applications. In addition to advising existing Canadian companies, Ryan has considerable experience working with International companies setting up operations in Canada and advising on all aspects associated with same from the arrival of the initial start up team through to ongoing employment of foreign workers.

Ryan has assisted numerous individuals in obtaining Permanent Residence Status in Canada and Canadian Citizenship. Specifically Ryan has considerable working experience with the following: Applications to the Provincial Nominee Programs; Applications for Permanent Residence (Express Entry, Business Class, Family Class, and Skilled Worker Class); Applications for Labour Market Impact Assessments for Foreign Workers; Work Permit Applications under NAFTA and other International Agreements; Work Permit Applications pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and Citizenship Applications; Applications to overcome inadmissibility on the basis of criminality; Assisting otherwise inadmissible applicants obtain entry to Canada by way of Temporary Resident Permit; Assisting clients to enter Canada as Business Visitors.

Ryan is particularly interested in assisting companies to address their labour shortages through the use of skilled and unskilled foreign workers. Ryan is knowledgeable in the particular programs available, both provincially and federally, to assist companies wishing to avail themselves of this growing market for skilled workers.

Complementing his immigration practice with respect to hiring of foreign workers, Ryan provides ongoing advice to his clients with respect to the drafting of employment agreements and the structuring of consulting relationships. Ryan works closely with our Labour & Employment, Tax, Corporate & Commercial and Family law groups and remains dedicated to specializing in providing effective solutions to his clients.

  • Member of the Law Society of British Columbia
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2019)