• With the economic expansion of Mauritius and its pursuit to become a high-income economy, the Mauritian government is promoting openness to foreign investors, talents, know-how and retirees. 

    Recognized for its pleasant tropical climate and also known for its dynamic economy, attractive tax regimes, political and social stability, multiculturalism, competitive business environment, warm hospitality, exceptional living environment and its multiple investment opportunities, Mauritius is classified as a privileged destination for foreign nationals to invest, work, live and retire.

    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.

  • Applications for Occupation Permit (OP) or Residence Permit (RP) should be submitted online through the National E-licensing System which can be accessed on the following link https://business.edbmauritius.org.

    The application for the Young Professional Occupation permit should be submitted by the Employer to the Occupation Permit Unit (OPU) by email on op@edbmauritius.org.

  • The purpose of this guideline is to provide information governing the application for Occupation Permits and Residence Permits.

    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:

    1. Investor
    2. Professional
    3. Self-Employed

    Foreign nationals, above the age of 50 years, may also choose to retire in Mauritius under a Residence Permit (RP).

    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 RP holders may also apply for residence permit for a duration not exceeding that of the main holder.

    Download a full supplement of the Occupation Permit Guidelines.

    Download a full supplement of the Young Professional Occupation Permit Guidelines.

  • Download the Application forms in pdf versions for each category:

    Download the UID form to be filled by all the applicants OP/YPOP/RP and dependents

    Application to enter Mauritius for dependents

  • The purpose of this guideline is to provide information governing the application for Occupation Permits and Residence Permits.

    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:

    1. Investor
    2. Professional
    3. Self-Employed

    Foreign nationals, above the age of 50 years, may also choose to retire in Mauritius under a Residence Permit (RP).

    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 RP holders may also apply for residence permit for a duration not exceeding that of the main holder.

    Download a full supplement of the Occupation Permit Guidelines.

    Download a full supplement of the Young Professional Occupation Permit Guidelines.

  • The Occupation Permit (OP) is a combined work and residence permit which allows foreign nationals to work and reside in Mauritius under the following 3 specific categories(Investor, Professional & Self-Employed).

    • Investor

      An Investor, as defined under the Immigration Act, is a shareholder and director in a company incorporated in Mauritius under the Companies Act 2001.

      An investor is eligible to apply for an Investor OP under the following options:

      Option 1:

      An initial transfer of USD 50,000 or its equivalent in freely convertible currency in the bank account of the company under which the application will be made.

      Option 2:

      Net asset value of at least USD 50,000 or its equivalent its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency, for existing businesses and businesses inherited and a cumulative turnover of at least 12 million rupees during the 3 years preceding the application.

      For renewal of an OP Investor, the company should generate a minimum gross income of 4 million rupees per year as from the third year of registration.

      For further information, please refer to the full supplement of the  Occupation Permit Guidelines.

    • Investor in high technology machines and equipment

      An Investor, as defined under the Immigration Act, is a shareholder and director in a company incorporated in Mauritius under the Companies Act 2001.

      An investor is eligible to apply for an Investor OP under the following options:

      Investment in high technology machines and equipment

      An initial investment of USD 50,000 or its equivalent in freely convertible currency, of which:

      1. a minimum transfer of at least USD 25,000 to the bank account of the company under which the application will be
      2. the equivalent of the remaining value in high technology machines and equipment, subject to such criteria as the Chief Executive Officer may determine, such as:
        • The high technology machines and equipment will be evaluated based on the invoice issued by the supplier and a report from a recognized Chartered Valuator in the country of origin.
        • In case the high technology machines and equipment is yet to be shipped to Mauritius, the investor should submit the bill of lading to the Occupation Permit Unit at time of submission of the application.
        • Investment in high technology machines and equipment must be in a qualifying activity including but not limited to agro-industry, aquaculture, healthcare, ICT-BPO, fin-tech, life sciences, biotechnology, manufacturing, ocean economy and renewable energy.

      Note:

      1. The investor should transfer the remaining balance in freely convertible foreign currency in case the value of the high technology machines and equipment is less than that submitted on the invoice and bill of lading, when being evaluated by the Custom Department in Mauritius.
      2. The high technology machines and equipment must be used for the proposed business activity.

      For renewal of an OP Investor, the company should generate a minimum gross income of 4 million rupees per year as from the third year of registration.

      For further information, please refer to the full supplement of the  Occupation Permit Guidelines.

    • Investor for innovative start-ups

      Foreign nationals are eligible to apply for an innovator OP under the following 2 options:

      Option 1:
      No minimum investment required and submission of an innovative project to the Economic Development Board.

      Option 2:
      Registered with an incubator accredited with the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council.

      Eligibility

      1. The business plan should clearly depict all expenditures related to R&D activities.
      2. The scheme applies to companies conducting R&D in qualifying sectors including but not limited to life and health sciences, technology, ICT, fintech, biotechnology, nano technology, light manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and design.
      3. The R&D expense component should constitute of at least 20% of total operational expenditure during the research phase.
      4. The Economic Development Board will assess, on a case to case basis, each project on its own merit to determine its eligibility to the scheme.

      Qualifying Expenditures

      The following costs may qualify as Research and Development:

      • Direct R&D staff costs
      • Subcontracted R&D costs
      • Externally provided R&D staff
      • Clinical trial volunteer costs
      • Prototypes
      • Software directly used in R&D
      • Consumable items
      • Any other expenditure deemed to have been incurred with the prospect of gaining new scientific or technical knowledge and understanding

      For greater clarity, the following costs will not be considered as R&D expenditure:

      • The production and distribution of goods and services
      • Capital expenditure
      • The cost of land
      • Expenditures incurred for the use and the creation of patents and trademarks, as these are the cost of protecting the completed R&D

      Note:

      • It would be on the onus of the promoter to provide for precise, comprehensive and reliable information on its qualifying activities and the Economic Development Board reserves the right to accept or reject qualifying R&D expenditures based on sound interpretation of the innovative and added value aspects of the project.
      • For renewal, such conditions as the Chief Executive Officer may determine will apply.

      For further information, please refer to the full supplement of the  Occupation Permit Guidelines.

    • Professional
      1. A Professional, as defined under the Immigration Act, is an expatriate employed in Mauritius by virtue of a contract of employment.
      2. A Professional should earn a monthly basic salary of at least MUR 60,000.
      3. For Professionals in the sector of information and communication technologies (ICT), business process outsourcing (BPO), pharmaceutical manufacturing and food processing, the monthly basic salary should be at least MUR 30,000.
      4. Professionals may also apply for a Short-term Occupation Permit for a period not exceeding 9 months. The OP may be extended only once for a period not exceeding 3 months.
         

      Right to Invest by Professional

      1. A holder of an Occupation Permit as Professional may invest in any business provided that: -
        • he/she is not employed in the business
        • he/she does not manage the business
        • he/she does not derive any salary or employment benefits from the business
      2. Notwithstanding the above, a Professional may hold shares in a business where he is employed provided that the Occupation Permit holder is not a majority shareholder.

      Note:

      1. An application for a Professional should be submitted by the Employer (either Director or HR representative) on behalf of the Professional.
      2. The contract of employment, duly signed by both parties, should clearly mention the following: applicant’s full name as per the birth certificate, company’s name, Job Title, Duration of the contract of employment and Monthly basic salary.
      3. The Employer is also required to sign the Undertaking form as per section 5 of the Occupation Permit application form.
      4. The Professional should be accompanied by the Employer (either Director or HR representative) on the appointment date.

      For further information, please refer to the full supplement of the  Occupation Permit Guidelines.

    • Self-Employed
      1. A Self-Employed is defined as a non-citizen engaged in a professional activity under the services sector only and registered with the Registrar of Businesses under the Business Registration Act
      2. A Self-Employed should operate a one-person business activity, working exclusively for his/her own
      3. A Self-Employed should make an initial transfer of USD 35,000 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency to his/her local bank account in Mauritius.
      4. For renewal, the business activity should generate a business income of 800,000 rupees per year as from the third year of registration.

      For further information, please refer to the full supplement of the  Occupation Permit Guidelines.

    • Retired Non-Citizen
      1. A Retired Non-Citizen is defined as a person who is not a citizen of Mauritius and aged 50 years or above.
      2. A Retired Non-Citizen should make an initial transfer of at least USD 1,500 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency to his/her local bank account in Mauritius.
      3. Thereafter, the Retired Non-Citizen should transfer at least USD 1,500 monthly or the aggregate of at least USD 18,000 per year or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency during the 10 years’ validity of the residence permit.
      4. At the end of each year, the Retired Non-Citizen should submit to the Economic Development Board, the evidence of transfer of funds into his/her local bank account.
         

      Right to Invest by Retired Non-Citizen

      1. A holder of Residence Permit as Retired Non-Citizen may invest in any business provided that: -
        • he/she is not employed in the business
        • he/she does not manage the business
        • he/she does not derive any salary or employment benefits from the business

      For further information, please refer to the full supplement of the  Occupation Permit Guidelines.

      Note:

      The Retired Non-Citizen should also provide information on other residences that he/she may have in other jurisdictions, including tax residences. This information will be shared with the Mauritian Tax Authority to be in line with the prevailing Common Reporting Standard (CRS) adopted by the Republic of Mauritius.

    • Dependents of an OP or RP holder

      The Dependents of an Occupation or Residence Permit holders are eligible to apply for a residence permit. Dependents are defined as spouse (including Common Law Partner of the opposite sex), parents of OP/RP holder and children, including stepchildren or lawfully adopted children, under 24 years of age.

      1. The dependent should ensure that he/she has a valid tourist If the visa is not valid, the application will not be processed.
      2. In case the dependent wishes to work in Mauritius, he/she will have to apply either for a Work Permit or an Occupation Permit, as the case may

      Application for residence permit is not submitted online. Application for a dependent permit is submitted after obtention of the OP/RP of the main holder at the PIO.

      For further information, please refer to the UID form to be filled by all the applicants OP/RP and dependents and Application to enter Mauritius for dependents

  • Applications for Occupation Permit (OP) or Residence Permit (RP) should be submitted online through the National E-licensing System which can be accessed on the following link https://business.edbmauritius.org.

    The application for the Young Professional Occupation permit should be submitted by the Employer to the Occupation Permit Unit (OPU) by email on op@edbmauritius.org.

  • Download the Checklists in pdf versions for each category:

  • 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 Occupation Permit Unit (OPU) by email on op@edbmauritius.org.

    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.

    2 Eligibility criteria

     The following criteria must be respected to be eligible for a YPOP:

     (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.

    For further information,please refer to the full supplement of the Young Professional Occupation Permit Guidelines.

  • 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:

    1. Investor: Holds an OP for at least 3 years with:

    • a minimum annual gross income of at least MUR 15M; or
    • an aggregate turnover MUR 45M,

    for any consecutive period of 3 years.

    2. Professional: Holds an OP for at least 3 years with a basic monthly salary of at least MUR 150,000 for 3 consecutive years.
    3. Self-Employed: Holds an OP for at least 3 years with an annual business income of at least MUR 3 million for the 3 consecutive years.
    4. Retired Non-Citizen: Holds an RP 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.

    Qualifying activities: 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.

    Existing OP/RP holders eligibilty for PRP

    1. A non-citizen holding OP/RP for at least 3 years and whose OP/RP is valid on 1 September 2020 is eligible for a 20-year PRP. The eligibility conditions will be that of OP/RP criteria for renewal.

    Please refer to the Guidelines on application for a Permanent Residence Permit for further information.

    Please download the Application form for Permanent Residence Permit for Investor / Self-Employed / Professional.

    Please download the Application form for Permanent Residence Permit for Retired Non-Citizen.

  • Non-citizens and expats are allowed to acquire residential property in Mauritius under schemes approved and managed by the Economic Development Board such as:

    • The Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS)
    • The Real Estate Scheme (RES)
    • The Property Development Scheme (PDS)
    • The Smart City Scheme
    • Ground +2 apartments

    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 375,000. 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.

    Guidelines for IRS/ RES/ PDS  purchasers

    List of Approved IRS Projects

    List of Approved RES Projects

    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 375,000 or its equivalent in any freely convertible foreign currency.

    Download the

    Guidelines for the Property Development Scheme
    Application form for a PDS Certificate under the Investment Promotion Act 2000 and the Investment (Property Development Scheme) Regulations 2015
    Economic Development Board (Property Development Scheme) Regulations 2015

    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. 

    Download the 

    Smart City Guidelines

    Ground+2 Apartments

    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.

    Long-Stay Visa

    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).

    Guidelines for acquisition of apartment(s) for residential purpose and long-stay visa

    Application form for acquisition of apartment(s) for residential purpose and long-stay visa

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    OP/RP Statistics

     

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