Work & live in Mauritius

Non-citizens wishing to either work, retire or otherwise reside in Mauritius can choose between an Occupation Permit, a Residence Permit or a Permanent Residence Permit.

Occupation Permit

An Occupation Permit, is a combined work and residence permit. It is granted for renewable periods of three years and allows non-citizens to reside and work in Mauritius.

There are 3 categories of Occupation Permits, namely:

1. Investor
An Occupation Permit is granted to those who invest a minimum of USD100,000. The company needs to generate an annual turnover of at least MRU 2 million * for the first year of activity and a cumulative turnover of at least MRU 10 million * for the subsequent two years.

2. Self Employed
An Occupation Permit is available to self-employed individuals whose business activities generate an annual income exceeding MRU 600,000 * in the first two years and MRU 1,200,000 * thereafter. An initial investment of USD 35,000 is required.

3. Professional
Non-citizens wishing to work for an employer in Mauritius may apply for a Professional permit. This permit is applicable for persons earning a basic monthly salary exceeding MRU 60,000* (MRU 30,000* for employees in the ICT sector).

Residence Permit for Retired Non-Citizen

This permit allows retired non-citizens above the age of 50, to reside in Mauritius for a period of three years, renewable. To be eligible for this permit, a retired non-citizen must undertake to transfer to his/her local bank account in Mauritius, at least the equivalent of 40,000 US dollars annually.

Permanent Residence Permit


1. Permanent Residence Permit through holding an Occupation Permit or Residence Permit

A Permanent Residence Permit of 10 years is granted to the following non-citizens;
a) An Investor who has held an Occupation Permit for the last 3 years and where the aggregate turnover from the business activity has exceeded a total of MUR 45 million* over the period of 3 years.

b) A Self-Employed holding an Occupation Permit, whose annual income has exceeded MUR 3 million* during each of the last three consecutive and preceding years.

c) A holder of a Professional permit whose basic monthly salary has exceeded MUR 150,000* during the last three consecutive and preceding years.

d) A Retired Non-Citizen, who has held a residence permit for three years and who has transferred annually at least 40,000 USD to his/her local bank in Mauritius during that time.

2. Permanence Residence Permit Through Investment in a Qualifying activity

An investor who has invested a minimum of USD 500,000 in a qualifying activity is also eligible for the Permanent Residence Permit.

Qualifying activities include 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 and Initial Public Offerings.
It is worth noting that spouses, partners and children automatically benefit from the same permit as the holders of Occupation Permit, Residence Permit and Permanent Residence Permit as dependents.

Residence Permit Through Acquisition of Property

A residence permit is also granted to a non-citizen upon acquisition of a residential property of not less than USD 500,000, under the Property Development Scheme.
*1 USD=32 MUR