Foreign nationals coming to Mauritius should enter Mauritius under the appropriate visa that best reflects his/her purpose of visit.
Investors, entrepreneurs, professionals who choose to invest,work and live in Mauritius should request for a business visa on arrival. Investors, entrepreneurs, professionals are eligible for business visa of 120 days in a calendar year and should not stay for more than 90 days on business visa during first arrival .
Retired Non-Citizens applying for a residence permit should enter Mauritius on a Tourist Visa. Retired Non-Citizens are eligible for tourist visa of 180 days in a calendar year.
Dependents of all foreign nationals applying for permits should enter in Mauritius on tourist visa.
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There are several options for a foreign national to invest, work and reside in Mauritius.
1. Work Permit
Application for a Work Permit is made to the Ministry of Labour, Industrial relations, Employment and Training by the employer.
Companies recruiting foreign labour in bulk and which do not qualify for an Occupation Permit need to obtain a permission in principle in a first instance from the Ministry to be able to apply for a Work Permit.
2. Occupation Permit
The Occupation Permit (OP) is a combined work and residence permit which allows a foreign national to work and live in Mauritius for a period of 3 years, renewable. There are 3 categories of Occupation Permit: Investor, Professional & Self Employed.
3.Young Professional Occupation Permit
A Young Professional Occupation Permit (YPOP) is an Occupation Permit for foreign students having completed at least an undergraduate degree in a tertiary education institution in Mauritius.The YPOP is valid for a maximum period of 3 years.
4. Residence Permits
Retired non-citizens over the age of 50, their dependents and dependents of Occupation Permit holders can apply for a Residence Permit.
Criteria for Retired non-citizen
Your options vary from luxurious villas to lifestyles apartments and flats which you can acquire under schemes approved and managed by the Economic Development Board:
Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS) and Real Estate Scheme (RES):
A non-citizen also has the opportunity to acquire high-end residential properties under the Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS) and the Real Estate Scheme (RES). The non-citizen and dependents are eligible for a residence permit by virtue of the acquisition under the IRS, RES and PDS schemes when he has invested a minimum amount of USD 500,000. The owners may rent the property, become tax resident in Mauritius and face no restriction on the repatriation of funds or revenue raised from the sale or renting of the property.
Property Development Scheme (PDS):
The Property Development Scheme (PDS), which has replaced the IRS and RES, allows the development of a mix of residences for sale to non-citizens, citizens and members of the Mauritian Diaspora.
A non-citizen is eligible for a residence permit upon the purchase of a villa under the PDS scheme when he has invested more than USD 500,000 or its equivalent in any freely convertible foreign currency.
Smart City Scheme:
The Smart City scheme which revolves around the work, life and play concept, incorporates mixed use developments in cosmopolitan conurbations with smart technology and pioneering innovation at their core. The focus is to deliver a happier lifestyle through the development of self-sufficient cities offering integrated sustainable solutions and ensuring minimum wastage and maximum comfort for the long-term benefit of all citizens and the future generations irrespective of social and economic class. Non-citizens may acquire built-up residential properties comprising villas, houses, townhouses, apartments and duplexes.
The Non-Citizens are allowed to purchase apartments in condominium developments of at least two levels above ground (G+2) with the prior approval of the Economic Development Board, provided the purchase price of an apartment is not less than MUR 6 million or its equivalent in any other hard convertible foreign currency.
Upon purchase of an apartment at a price exceeding USD 500,000 or its equivalent in any convertible currencies, a non-citizen is eligible to apply for a long-stay visa. A long stay visa allows a non-citizen and his dependents to stay for a consecutive period of ten (10) years, renewable depending on the status of ownership. It remains valid so long as the non-citizen holds the apartment.
A non-citizen wishing to apply for a long-stay visa has to make an application to the Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Board (EDB).
Mauritius is free from most diseases and epidemics affecting other countries. Residents can either opt for a public health system or private healthcare with option of a medical insurance.
Mauritius has both public and private school offering Cambridge University A levels, the French Baccalaureate and the International Baccalaureate as well as Tertiary Institution offering internationally recognized qualification.