The number of foreign citizens moving to Mauritius has increased constantly in the past few years. Regarded as the 13th best country for business in the world recently, the insular has a few advantages over other African countries. Among these, higher salaries for those who come here for work and a great tax system for those who open companies.
These are only a few of the reasons why applying for Mauritius citizenship becomes quite appealing. Below, our specialists explain the main ways of obtaining a Mauritius passport.
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Several routes to citizenship in Mauritius
One of the main advantages of those who want to move to Mauritius and plan to remain here is that they can apply for various types of visas that enable them to live here until they become eligible for citizenship.
Most visas can lead to permanent residency which can later be transformed into a Mauritius passport. However, there are several ways through which a foreigner can become a citizen of this country.
Here are the main routes to Mauritius citizenship:
- birth or adoption;
- naturalization or registration;
No matter the path you choose, our lawyers in Mauritius are at your service with detailed information and support in how preparing for becoming a citizen of this country.
We also specialize in company formation in Mauritius, so feel free to ask about obtaining citizenship by becoming a business owner.
Citizenship by birth, adoption, and descent in Mauritius
One of the simplest ways of obtaining Mauritius citizenship is by birth, descent, or adoption. However, this option is not available for anyone, but only for those who have ties to this country. Here are the eligibility conditions to obtain a passport this way:
- citizenship by birth is available for persons born before October 1st, 1995, from foreign parents who were residents of Mauritius, or directly from Mauritius citizens;
- citizenship by birth is also available for persons born after October 1st, 1995 from at least one Mauritian parent;
- citizenship by descent is covered by Sections 23 and 20, article 3 in the Constitution that mention that any person with a Mauritius parent will automatically become a citizen of this country;
- citizenship by adoption is governed by Section 3 in the Citizenship Act.
According to the Citizenship Law, a minor can become a Mauritian citizen if:
- he or she has been adopted by a citizen of Mauritius;
- he or she has been adopted by a couple, where the man is a citizen of this country;
- the adoption was concluded in Mauritius.
Our lawyers are at the service of foreign citizens who immigrate to Mauritius and want to apply for citizenship. If you need immigration legal services in other countries, such as Argentina, we can put you in touch with our local partners.
How to obtain Mauritius citizenship by marriage
Another way of obtaining citizenship in Mauritius is marriage. According to the Citizenship Law, Section 7, the foreign spouse of a citizen of this country can become him/herself a Mauritian passport holder by meeting two important conditions. The first one is for the couple to live together in Mauritius, and the second is for the marriage to have lasted at least 4 years before filing for citizenship.
In this case, the registration of the marriage implies an application with the Home Affairs Secretary in the presence of a judge of a District Court or the Supreme Court.
If you are interested in obtaining Mauritius citizenship this way, you can discuss the procedure with our specialists who can guide you on the documents to be filed in order to validate the marriage and thus simplify the process for the foreign spouse to become a citizen of this state.
Citizenship by naturalization
Naturalization or registration is one of the best ways of acquiring citizenship in Mauritius as this option is available for anyone who relocates here. The procedure was created for both citizens of non-Commonwealth countries and for those of the Commonwealth.
In order to become a citizen of Mauritius by naturalization, the following conditions must be met:
- the applicant must have held permanent residency in Mauritius for at least 7 years;
- during these 7 years, the person must have lived here for 5 years;
- within the 5 years, the person must have not left the country in the past 12 months.
During the immediate period following the 12th month, the foreign citizen can apply for citizenship.
Obtaining Mauritius citizenship is not complicated if all the formalities are duly completed. For this purpose, please contact our lawyers. You can also rely on us for business registration in Mauritius.