People who want to immigrate to Mauritius from South Africa will find it easy from several points of view. Some of the most important ones refer to the location of both countries, but also to the resembling cultures.
Both African countries are developed from an economic point of view, which is why Mauritius welcomes investors, as well as people who want to retire here from South Africa, but also those who come here for work reasons.
Below, our immigration specialists explain the main conditions for emigrating to Mauritius from South Africa. We are also at the service of investors interested in business registration in Mauritius.
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The main requirements to immigrate to Mauritius from South Africa
Persons who want to move to Mauritius from South Africa must comply with the same rules as citizens of other countries. They must apply for short-term or long-term residence permits if they want to stay here for long time frames.
It is useful to note that one does not need a visa if the duration of stay in Mauritius does not exceed 30 days. This is why, South African citizens who want to stay here for more than one month, can apply for one of the following types of visas:
- social visas which have the shortest period of stay, of 45 days within a year;
- business visas which can be accessed by South African investors who can stay here for 120 days within a year;
- multiple entry visas under which enable foreign citizens to divide their stays into 90-day visits within 120 days;
- tourist visas which are quite generous from a duration of stay point of view, enabling the holder to remain in Mauritius 6 months out of 12.
Those who are interested in emigrating to Mauritius from South Africa permanently can apply for residence permits until they qualify for citizenship.
Citizenship by investment is also an option for those who have the necessary financial means to choose one of the investments that enable them to obtain Mauritius passports.
If you decide to relocate to Mauritius from South Africa, you can rely on our local specialists for tailored support in drafting the required paperwork in accordance with the type of visa/residence permit sought.
You can also count on us if you are interested in company formation in Mauritius.
How to move to Mauritius from South Africa and obtain residency
There are several types of permits that those who want to relocate to Mauritius from South Africa can use to obtain temporary or permanent residency. These are:
- occupational permits;
- internship-related residence permits;
- employment residence permits.
Those who want to move to Mauritius with their spouses must apply separately for bringing their significant others here.
Another aspect that should be considered is that the occupational permit implies meeting specific requirements to immigrate to Mauritius from South Africa.
The occupational permit is issued to investors, professionals in certain domains, and self-employed persons.
If you are a South African investor and want to relocate to South Africa, you can rely on us for dedicated company formation services. We are at your disposal if you want to set up one of the most popular business forms here: the offshore company.
The following financial requirements must be met in order to move to Mauritius through an occupational residence permit:
- a minimum salary of 150,000 MUR for foreign employees of Mauritius companies;
- a 3 million MUR income for sole traders;
- 15 million MUR per year for investors.
Occupational permits have a validity of 3 years, which is why you should also consider this aspect when deciding to immigrate here from South Africa.
Permanent residency requirements for South Africans in Mauritius
Those who decide to immigrate to Mauritius from South Africa are eligible to become permanent residents after 10 years. However, they are required to meet several criteria in order to obtain this status.
All applications are handled by the Department of Defense and Home Affairs in Mauritius. Our lawyers can guide you on the requirements to immigrate to Mauritius from South Africa permanently.
Assistance in immigration to Mauritius
If you are planning on emigrating to Mauritius from South Africa, our team is at your disposal with various services. Among these, assistance in drafting and filing for a residence permit, but we will remain at your service after arriving here if you need to renew various documents or even apply for citizenship.
So, if you want to immigrate to Mauritius from South Africa and you are looking for an immigration lawyer, do not hesitate to contact us. We also specialize in company registration, if investment is your relocation option.