Permits

Which permit is suitable for your needs?

Immigration to Mauritius

Mauritius offers a safe, welcoming and warm lifestyle to any non-citizen wishing to settle or immigrate to Mauritius. Which permit do you need to live on this beautiful island in the Indian Ocean?

Occupation Permit

The Occupation Permit (OP) is a combined work and residence permit, which allows foreign nationals to work and live in Mauritius under 4 specific categories namely:

  • Investor
  • Professional
  • Self-Employed
  • Retired

A person cannot hold an OP under 2 different categories at the same time, for example, a person cannot be on an Investor Permit and at the same time hold a Self-Employed Permit.

Which permit should you get to move to Mauritius?

Foreign nationals, above the age of 50 years, may choose to retire in Mauritius under a Residence Permit (RP). The Retired Permit only gives the right to live in Mauritius without being professionally active.

An Occupation Permit (Investor and Self-employed) and a Retired Residence Permit shall be issued for a maximum period of 10 years, renewable thereafter as per established criteria.

An Occupation Permit under the Professional category shall be issued for a maximum period of 3 years or as per the duration of the contract of employment. It is renewable thereafter as per established criteria.

Investor

An Investor is defined as a shareholder and director in a company incorporated in Mauritius under the Companies Act 2001. An Investor should make an initial transfer of USD 50,000 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency from his personal bank account in his country of residence at the time of application to the bank account of the company under which the application for the Investor Permit will be made.

Professional

A Professional, as defined under the Immigration Act, an expatriate employed by a company incorporated in Mauritius to deliver professional services.

Self Employed

A Self-Employed is defined as:
A non-citizen engaged in a professional activity registered with the Registrar of Businesses under the Business Registration Act 2002.

Self-Employed operates a one-person business, working exclusively for his own account.  A Self-Employed individual should make an initial transfer of USD 35,000 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency. The transfer should be from his personal bank account, in his country of residence at the time of application, to his personal bank account in Mauritius.

Retired Permit

A Retired Non-Citizen is defined as a person who is not a citizen of Mauritius and aged 50 years or above. The initial application for a Retired Permit is for a period of 10 years. A Retired Non-Citizen should make an initial transfer of at least USD 1,500 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency from his personal bank account in his country of residence at the time of application to his personal bank account in Mauritius.

Note: Do not forget your tax obligations in Mauritius if you acquire real estate on the island. 

Premium Travel Visa

If you have been considering a move to Mauritius the Premium Visa is the perfect way to explore the country, test the waters (figuratively and literally) and find out all Mauritius has to offer. 

Whilst the visa does not allow you to take up employment in the Mauritius Labour market. It provides the opportunity for professionals to come with their families and carry out business or work remotely from Mauritius. The main place of business and primary source of income and profits should be outside Mauritius.

Retirees and tourists are also welcome on this visa type. 

The qualifying criteria is straightforward and will all be facilitated on an online platform. 

Documentary evidence to support the application such as

  • purpose of visit
  • accommodation
  • proof of long term stay plans
  • and sufficient travel and health insurance are some of the basic requirements. 

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