A foreigner can obtain either an Occupation Permit or a Residence Permit in order to live and/or work in Mauritius.
The Occupation Permit allows you to work and live in Mauritius whilst the Residence Permit allows you to live (but not work) in Mauritius.
A foreigner can obtain an Occupation Permit (for a maximum period of three years) as:
- A 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.)
- An investor (The business activity should generate a turnover exceeding MUR 4 million annually with an initial investment of USD 100,000).
- 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.)
A foreigner can obtain a Residence Permit:
- By acquiring a property (over the amount of USD 500,000) in a PDS scheme in Mauritius (valid as long as the foreigner holds the property) or
- As a retired non-citizen (The non-citizen must undertake to transfer to his/her local bank account in Mauritius, at least USD 40,000 annually – for a maximum period of three years)
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 (but they cannot work).
Holders of an Occupation Permit (as professional/investor/self-employed) or Residence Permit (as retired non-citizen) can acquire an apartment in Mauritius.
After having held an Occupation Permit (as professional/investor/self-employed) or Residence Permit (as retired non-citizen) for at least three years, the foreigner can apply for a Permanent Occupation Permit or a Permanent Residence Permit that shall be valid for 10 years.