Foreign nationals may opt to invest, work, live or retire in Mauritius through various avenues namely the Occupation Permit, the Residence Permit, Young Professional Occupation Permit or the Permanent Residence Permit.
- The Occupation Permit (OP) is a combined work and residence permit which allows foreign nationals to work and reside in Mauritius under 3 specific categories namely:
Retired Non-Citizen Residence Permit
- Foreign nationals, above the age of 50 years, may also choose to retire in Mauritius under a Residence Permit (RP).
Validity of Permits
- An Occupation Permit (Investor and Self-employed) and a Retired Residence Permit shall be issued for a maximum period of ten years, renewable thereafter as per established criteria.
- An Occupation Permit under the Professional category shall be issued for a maximum period of three years or as per the duration of the contract of employment, renewable thereafter as per established criteria.
- Dependents of an OP or Residence Permit holders may also apply for residence permit for a duration not exceeding that of the main holder.
Young Professional Occupation Permit
- Foreign students having completed at least an undergraduate degree in a tertiary education institution in Mauritius are eligible to apply for a Young Professional Occupation Permit (YPOP) as provided in Section 13 of the Economic Development Board Act 2017 and Section 9A of the Immigration Act 1970.
The YPOP is an Occupation Permit valid for a maximum period of 3 years depending on the duration of the contract of employment. The application for the YPOP shall be submitted by the Employer to the Economic Development Board (EDB),Occupation Permit Unit by email on email@example.com.
If an employer still requires the service of the foreign employee after the 3 years, the employer may apply for an Occupation Permit as Professional on behalf of the employee.
Eligibility criteria for Young Professional Occupation Permit
(a) The student must have completed at least an undergraduate degree in a tertiary education institution recognized by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).
(b) The application must be submitted not later than 6 months after the date of publication of results.
(c) Where a person holds a YPOP and intends to change employment before the expiry of the YPOP, the condition at (b) shall not apply.
(d) The business activity of the company must fall within the following fields: Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology, Fintech, Robotics, Financial Services, Information Technology.
Permanent Residence Permit
- A holder of an Occupation or Residence Permit is eligible to apply for a 20-year Residence Permit provided the following specific conditions are met:
- Investor: Holds an OP for at least 3 years with:
- a minimum annual turnover of at least MUR 15M; or
- an aggregate turnover of MUR 45M in a period of 3 years,
Holds an OP for at least 3 years with a basic monthly salary of at least MUR 150,000 for 3 consecutive years.
Holds an OP for at least 3 years with an annual business income of at least MUR 3 million for the 3 consecutive years.
- Retired Non-Citizen
Holds a Residence Permit for at least 3 years with transfer of at least USD 54,000 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency for the period of 3 years.
An investor who invests at least USD 375,000 in a qualifying business activity is also eligible to apply for the 20-year residence permit.
Agro-based industry, Audio-visual, Cinema and Communication, Banking, Construction, Education, Environment-friendly and green energy products, Financial Services, Fisheries and Marine Resources, Freeport, Information Technology, Infrastructure, Insurance, Leisure, Manufacturing, Marina development, Tourism and Warehousing, Initial Public Offerings.
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