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Mauritius Citizenship by Investment

Mauritius Citizenship by Investment


Foreign citizens interested in moving to other countries are starting to show interest in exotic destinations that allow them to work or have businesses, but also enjoy the comfort of living on a permanent vacation.

This is also the case of Mauritius, which has become one of the most appealing countries to immigrate to and citizenship by investment can represent a good option for those interested in immigration to Mauritius.

Below, our company formation specialists in Mauritius present the features of the citizenship by investment scheme and the requirements an applicant must meet in order to obtain it. We are at your service with tailored immigration and company registration services in the insular state.

The Mauritius citizenship by investment program – what does it entail?

The citizenship by investment scheme in Mauritius is relatively new, its launch being announced in 2018. It has quickly entered the top 10 residency by investment programs in the world.

 Quick Facts 
  Nationalities accepted (EU/Non-EU)

EU and non-EU citizens

Business investment option (YES/NO)

NO

Real estate investment option (YES/NO)

 YES, recently introduced, minimum value 350,000 USD
Other investment options
(if available) 
YES, donation to the Sovereign Development Fund, minimum investment 500,000 USD
Living requirement in Mauritius  (YES/NO)YES
Residence or direct citizenship option

Citizenship 

Direct immigration with family members (YES/NO)

YES   

Family members allowed to join the programSpouse, children, parents, parents-in-law, other financially dependent relatives
Residence visa/citizenship processing time (approx.)  2 – 3 months
Additional financial requirements for family members (YES/NO) YES, minimum 50,000 USD per dependent 
Timeframe for obtaining citizenship/residency by investment Immediate or after 2 years, depending on the investment
Dual citizenship permitted (YES/NO)NO
Reasons to choose Mauritius Several investment options, possibility of acquiring citizenship right after application, possibility of moving with extended family
Personal income tax rate10% for income of maximum 650,000 MUR, 15% for exceeding amounts
Visa free travel to other countries (approx. number of countries) Approx. 150 countries

The program is dedicated to persons interested in relocating to Mauritius based on a contribution to the economy against permanent residence and citizenship.

Apart from the financial conditions that must be met by applicants, these must also meet other requirements, as imposed by the government.

If you are interested in the 2022 citizenship by investment program, our immigration lawyers in Mauritius are at your service with detailed information about the legal requirements imposed by the country’s officials.

Mauritius’ investor programs

Until a few years ago, Mauritius was mainly sought for its offshore possibilities, however, the government wanted to make a switch from a financial sector-based economy to a trading one. This is why the country now offers around 20 programs for investors who want to make contributions to the economy and in exchange to obtain various benefits, among them living here is one of the most desired.

Business creation, real estate purchase, asset acquisitions are among the options one can explore as a foreign investor seeking to obtain a Mauritius passport by investment in 2022.

Our lawyers can offer more information on these options. Furthermore, we can offer tailored support in choosing a program that suits your needs, considering each program has its own financial requirements.

Real estate purchase is one of the most important ways through which foreign citizens can apply for immigration to Mauritius. There are several schemes developed by the government which provides for the acquisition of various types of properties, including projects that are under development.

Financial requirements under the citizenship by investment scheme

At the moment, foreign citizens can opt to apply for residency by investment which can be attained for a period of 20 years, or for citizenship by investment in Mauritius. In 2020, the financial requisites of the program have been renewed and the goods news is that they have been decreased.

Foreigners who want to adhere to the Mauritius citizenship by investment program can choose between one of the following options:

  • make a 1 million USD contribution to the Mauritius Sovereign Fund;
  • make a 500,000 USD contribution to the Mauritius Sovereign Fund;
  • an additional 100,000 USD contribution per dependent is also required when relocating with the spouse and minor children for the first option;
  • for the second option, a contribution of 50,000 USD per dependent is required when moving here with the spouse and minor children.

The main difference between the two options resides in the fact that the 1 million USD investment will grant Mauritius citizenship, while in the second case, citizenship can be acquired after 2 years of living here.

The most important change in the program refers to the introduction of the possibility of acquiring a property in Mauritius. During the first stage, the value of the real estate was set at 500,000 USD, but starting with 2020, the minimum value was decreased at 350,000 USD.

So, if you are interested in moving to Mauritius under this program, you can take advantage of the new conditions and purchase a home in this dream destination.

You can also rely on our specialists if you want to open a company in Mauritius.

The main advantages of moving to Mauritius

Foreign citizens who decide to move here under the Mauritius citizenship by investment scheme will have various benefits, and one of the most important covers the fact that they are not required to give up their former passports.

The fact that citizenship can be obtained after 2 years of living here is also a major advantage of this program when compared to other similar schemes in Europe or in neighboring countries.

The country also has residency by investment schemes that were designed by the Mauritius government  for investors interested in relocating here by starting their own businesses and obtaining occupational permits.

Our immigration lawyers in Mauritius are at the service of foreign investors interested in setting up offshore companies in Mauritius, as these are the most appealing types of entities under which they can operate their own enterprises.

Obtaining citizenship by investment in Mauritius through property purchase

Mauritius is not only a great business destination but also a dream country to live in, and the main way of obtaining that is by buying a property here. Luckily, foreign citizens and investors who want to immigrate to Mauritius and even obtain citizenship by living here for an established period of time to acquire a passport can purchase real estate. It is also worth noting that the government has in place not one, but several programs through which a foreigner can own a house or apartment.

If you are interested in Mauritius citizenship by investment, real estate acquisition can be a great option that will enable you to enjoy living in one of the most desired tourist destinations in the world.

The minimum amount to invest in order to obtain a residence permit by purchasing real estate is 375,000 USD, and the schemes that enable it are:

  • the Integrated Resort Scheme;
  • the Real Estate Scheme;
  • the Property Development Scheme;
  • the Smart City Scheme;
  • the Invest Hotel Program.

Apart from these, the simple purchase of an apartment is also considered as an option of obtaining residency without entering a specific investment program.

Our local specialists are at your disposal with information about each scheme, especially since the latest changes in the Nationality Act were made in August 2021.

Special real estate schemes for obtaining citizenship by investment

Real estate projects are very appealing investment options, as their value can increase in time, they can be used as vacation homes or as permanent dwelling places.

Foreign persons who want to apply for Mauritius citizenship by investment in 2022 can use the schemes mentioned above to acquire properties.

When it comes to the Integrated Resort Scheme, a foreign citizen can buy properties that have already been built from an approved list of projects. Such properties are usually townhouses and villas. However, land can also be acquired under this program.

Under the Real Estate Scheme, the government has approved various projects that can be purchased. However, the amount established for entering this program is 500,000 USD, therefore a little higher than the Integrated Resort one. Our lawyers can provide more information on its conditions.

The Property Development Scheme was created for investors seeking to acquire residential property, but also leisure and resort-type real estate.

Those who do not want to live in Mauritius for extended periods can choose the Invest Hotel Program through which they can acquire a share or an apartment in a hotel in which they can spend up to 45 days. The main advantage of this scheme is that the owner will obtain income from the rental of the place for the rest of the year.

The Smart City Scheme, on the other hand, has led to the creation of special innovative zones in which foreign investors can acquire land of a maximum of 2,100 sqm where they can build houses.

Buying an apartment in Mauritius

Foreign citizens who want to move to Mauritius and obtain citizenship by investment in 2022 can also buy apartments through which they will first qualify for residency. The main requirements they need to respect are:

  • the apartment must have a minimum value of 375,000 USD;
  • it must be located in a 3-storey building.

It is important to note that in this case, the owner will be a Mauritius resident for the time he/she owns the property.

If you want to obtain citizenship in Mauritius and need guidance, our local consultants can advise you.

Why is it worth considering Mauritius for relocation?

 Mauritius is one of the most appealing destinations in terms of investments in the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, it is also one of the wealthiest countries in the North Africa region, as:

  1. the total wealth held by various persons here surpasses 44 million USD;
  2. moreover, the income per capita is 33,000 USD;
  3. starting with 2019, Mauritius has visa free access to nearly 150 countries around the world;
  4. it takes between 2 and 3 months for citizenship by investment applications to be processed.

If you are interested in Mauritius citizenship by investment in 2022, please contact our local agents for support.