Foreign citizens who move to Mauritius must obtain various types of visas that enable them to enter the country and then they must apply for residence permits that allow them to live here for different periods of time.
Relocating to the insular state is not complicated, however, a foreigner must comply with the laws of this country in order to enjoy the benefits it has to offer. In this article, our specialists explain the conditions for obtaining permanent residency in Mauritius.
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Who is eligible for becoming permanent residents of Mauritius?
Permanent residency in this country is conditioned by living here for a sufficient number of years and by making a contribution to the economy in different forms.
People who want to immigrate to Mauritius and apply for residency can first obtain work and temporary residence permits, followed by applying for permanent residency.
Permanent residency in Mauritius is also available for the family of immigrants who legally stay here.
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The main options for permanent residency in Mauritius
Here are the main options for those who want to become permanent residents of Mauritius:
Each procedure has its own requirements. Those who want to move here by setting up a company in Mauritius can rely on our company formation specialists for business registration services.
How to obtain permanent residency by occupation
Most of the times, foreign citizens choose the occupation option to apply for permanent residency in Mauritius. This is one of the simplest ways of moving and enjoying the personal tax benefits this country offers.
Permanent residency by occupation implies finding employment with a Mauritius company or offering one’s services as a professional or as a self-employed person. What should be noted about this option is that Mauritius is searching for professionals in the financial field, which is one of its most developed industries.
Foreign citizens can enroll in various courses that enable them to render their services to local and foreign companies operating on the local market and then apply for temporary followed by permanent residency.
Permanent residency by profession in Mauritius
The professional occupation permit is available for foreign citizens who have signed employment contracts. Additionally that, they must also meet the following requirements:
- they must have a minimum monthly salary of 60,000 MUR (approximately 1,500 USD);
- if they work in IT, BPO, food processing, or pharma, the minimum salary must be 30,000 MUR (approximately 750 USD).
This is a good choice for persons who are highly skilled persons and who are looking to relocate to Mauritius.
Permanent residency by investment in Mauritius
By far, one of the most advantageous ways of immigrating to Mauritius is investment. The main requirement under the Mauritius Property Development Scheme or the Smart City Scheme, as it is called, is that foreign citizens are required to buy real estate in the country in exchange for permanent residence. Moreover, the buyer is not required to live in the property he or she purchased, as the owner can rent it and make it a stable source of income.
Another advantage is that under this program, permanent residency in Mauritius can be acquired for 20 years. Also, the main applicant can also support family members to join them here. Among these:
- the spouse or civil law partner;
- children of ages up to 24;
Permanent residence permit holders are also allowed to work in Mauritius without applying for employment permits.
Retirement as a way of moving to Mauritius permanently
Retired persons can also obtain residence permits for Mauritius provided that they meet a few requirements. However, in their case, the permit is issued for a period of one year and can be renewed.
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What to consider about the various residency schemes?
All applications for permanent residency in Mauritius are processed by the Defense and Home Affairs Department. Each program comes with its own requirements, and the most important to consider are:
- under the Property Development Scheme, the minimum value of the real estate is 375,000 USD;
- the same amount of 375,000 USD is also required for those who are interested in business investment;
- persons who retire to Mauritius must earn at least 1,500 USD per month.
If you are interested in obtaining permanent residence, please contact our specialists in Mauritius.