Positioned in the axis connecting Asia, Africa and Australia; Mauritius is the joining factor; a place where one can feel the multicultural pulse of the world.
- Secure investment location with established rule of law
- Freest and most business-friendly country in Africa
- Peaceful, multi-ethnic with a unique lifestyle in a blend of cultures
- Flexible, bilingual (English/French) and skilled workforce
- Investment-friendly regulatory regime
- Preferential market access to Africa, Europe and the USA
- Convenient time zone (GMT +4)
With its rich history and a mix of various cultural traditions, Mauritius is a privileged country to live. An attractive and flourishing place for business with an incomparable “savoir vivre”, Mauritius is home to the citizen of the world.
In its pursuit to become a high-income economy, Mauritius is actively encouraging foreign talents, know-how and investment into the country. Whether you are an investor, a professional, a self-employed or a retired non-citizen, there are a number of compelling reasons to consider Mauritius as your location for doing business and living.
Foreign nationals wishing to work, live or retire in Mauritius may explore various avenues either through the Occupation Permit, the Residence Permit or the Permanent Residence Permit. They are also eligible to acquire property in Mauritius under prescribed conditions.
Types of permit currently proposed:
The Occupation Permit (OP) is a combined work and residence permit which allows foreign nationals to work and reside in Mauritius under the following 3 specific categories (Investor, Professional & Self-Employed). The occupational permit can be combines with the following options:
- Investor in high technology machines and equipment
- Investor for innovative start-ups
- Retired Non-Citizen
- Dependents of an OP or RP holder
Young Professional Occupation Permit: Foreign students having completed at least an undergraduate degree in a tertiary education institution in Mauritius are eligible to apply for a Young Professional Occupation Permit (YPOP) as provided in Section 13 of the Economic Development Board Act 2017 and Section 9A of the Immigration Act 1970.
The YPOP is an Occupation Permit valid for a maximum period of 3 years depending on the duration of the contract of employment. The application for the YPOP shall be submitted by the Employer to the Occupation Permit Unit (OPU) by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Permanent Residence Permit: The Permanent Residence Permit allows a non-citizen to work and live in Mauritius for a period of ten years.
The Occupation Permit:
The Occupation Permit (OP), which is a combined work and residence permit, allows non-nationals to reside and work in Mauritius. Non-citizens, above the age of 50 years, may also choose to retire in Mauritius under a Residence Permit (RP).
A non-citizen can apply for an OP/RP under any of the following 4 categories:
Investor: The business activity should generate a turnover exceeding MUR 4 million annually with an initial investment of USD 100,000.
Professional: Basic salary should exceed MUR 60,000 monthly. However, the basic salary for professionals in the ICT Sector should exceed MUR 30, 000 monthly. For all applications submitted prior to 31 October 2015, the salary threshold of MUR 45,000 still applies.
Self-Employed: Income from the business activity should exceed MUR 600,000 annually for the first two years of activity with an initial investment of USD 35,000.
The annual income has been increased from MUR 600,000 to MUR 1,200,000 as from the third year of activity.
Retired: The non-citizen must undertake to transfer to his/her local bank account in Mauritius, at least USD 40,000 annually, The Occupation Permit/ Residence Permit is granted for a maximum period of three years, renewable thereafter subject to established criteria.
Moreover, Occupation/ Residence Permit holders under specified criteria are eligible to acquire an apartment located in a building comprising ground + at least 2 floors as from date of issuance of the Occupation Permit.
Non-citizens and expats are allowed to acquire residential property in Mauritius under schemes approved and managed by the Economic Development Board such as: (guideline on https://www.edbmauritius.org/work-and-live-in-mauritius/living-in-mauritius/)
- The Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS)
- The Real Estate Scheme (RES)
- The Property Development Scheme (PDS)
- The Smart City Scheme
- Ground +2 apartments
- Investor: Non-citizen investing a minimum of USD 100,000
- Professional: Non-citizen earning more than USD 3,000 per month
- Retired non-citizen: Non-citizen transferring a minimum of USD 120,000 at the time of application of his/her Residence Permit.
Dependents of Occupation/ Residence Permit holders, namely spouse, children up to the age of 24 and common-law partner, are also eligible to apply for a residence permit in Mauritius.