Obtaining a Mauritius work permit has become increasingly pertinent in recent times. With a notable increase in companies actively scouting talent from various corners of the globe, the processes of obtaining a Mauritius Work Permit and an Occupation Permit Mauritius as a professional, have never been more relevant. One notable development in the application process is the use of the EDB platform, which has simplified the process.
It’s important to note that the application process has evolved over the years, and there are now options for third-party assistance. At TBI Mauritius, we specialise in providing support for Mauritius work permit applications. Significant changes have occurred in this process in recent years. For a better understanding of the current rules and procedures related to a Mauritius Work Permit, contact us.
What is a Mauritius Work Permit?
A Mauritius Work Permit is an official authorisation issued by the government, granting foreign nationals the legal right to work and reside in Mauritius for a specified duration. These employees need to have relevant experience and qualifications tied to their job roles. If an employee is paid over MUR 30,000 and has necessary academic qualifications, then a better option would be the Occupation Permit Mauritius, subject to different criteria.
Permission in Principle
If a company wants to bring in foreign workers in bulk, they first need “permission in principle” before applying for a Mauritius Work Permit.
Eligibility for a Mauritius Work Permit
How do i get a work permit in Mauritius?
To get a Work Permit in Mauritius, foreign workers must meet the following criteria:
- Have the right skills and experience for the job.
- Be between 20 and 60 years old, with exceptions for specialised skills and investors.
- Tourists cannot work in Mauritius.
Health clearance is a must for new applicants. This also applies to expatriates married to Mauritian nationals or deputed by foreign companies.
Mauritius Work Permit Requirements
WHat documents are required for a work permit in Mauritius?
The following company documents are required for an individual worker applying for a work permit in Mauritius:
Copies of press advertisement and outcome of selection exercise. Advertisements in newspapers should be of at least A6 size.
- A copy of the Lodging Accommodation Permit (LAP)/Place of Accommodation Letter.
- Latest CSG Receipt with list of local workers registered with NPF.
- Particulars of Recruiting Agent, Local and Overseas, where applicable
- Turnover figures of the company for the last 3 years
- Authorisation letter from employer/sponsor
- Certificate of Incorporation/Business Registration Card
- NIC / Passport number of registered user
- Additional documents for specific professions
The following personal documents are required for the worker:
- Passport sized photograph
Copy of relevant parts of passport showing name, date of birth, place and date of issue of passport, photo, passport number and movement of the foreign employee (data page).The Passport should be valid for at least six months.
Where applicable, certified copy of academic and professional qualifications and details of work experience should be submitted in either French or English
- Job profile (where applicable) of each employee
- A provisional health clearance obtainable from the Ministry of Health & Quality of Life
Documentary evidence from the employer certifying that the expatriate will earn a monthly salary of more than Rs 50,000 or a copy of Contract of Employment duly vetted by the Labour Division of the Ministry of Labour, Human Resource Development and Training in respect of expatriates earning Rs 50,000 or less per month
For professionals having dependents: in case of spouse, the marriage certificate should be submitted and for children less than 18 years old, the birth certificate must be submitted (for Residence Permit Application).
- Additional documents for specific professions
Additional documents for specific sectors
Tourism (Tour Operator), Hotels and Restaurants: Copy of valid Tourist Enterprise License delivered by the Tourism Authority and Latest receipt showing contributions to the Tourism Employees Welfare Fund.
– Testimonials/Documentary evidence of experience/expertise for at least 3 years in respective field
– Vocational qualifications in respective filed
Construction Sector/ICT/Engineering (for project basis): Covering Letter specifying the project on which the expatriate would be employed, Copy of Letter of award specifying completion date and value of project
Authorised Recruiting Agent
Additional Documents in respect of Bangladeshi workers
The recruitment of Bangladesh workers should be done through licensed recruitment agencies authorised by the Bangladeshi.
Additional documents in respect of Chinese Workers
Following an agreement signed between the People’s Republic of China and the Government of Mauritius, the recruitment of Chinese workers should be done through recruitment agencies authorised by the Chinese authorities.
How long does it take to process a work permit in Mauritius?
Generally, the processing time can take a few months with the lodging and accommodation permit proving to be particularly lengthy. It can vary depending on several factors, including obtaining “permission in principle” and fulfilling various eligibility criteria. Additionally, the involvement of different government departments and the verification of documents can contribute to variations in processing times.
Requirements for Overseas Companies
If an overseas company wants to get Mauritius work permits for its employees, it must be incorporated as a foreign company under Mauritian Company Laws or open a Mauritian branch of its existing company.
Work and Residence Permits
Before coming to Mauritius, foreign workers need both a Mauritius Work Permit and a Residence Permit Mauritius. Employers should apply for both permits at the same time.
Renewing Your Work Permit
When renewing Mauritius Work Permits, employers need to inform about any changes in the employment contract. Some positions may require training a local counterpart.
Work Permit Details and Ratios
Mauritius Work Permits have a specific duration and cannot be transferred. The ratio of local to expatriate workers varies by sector.
Starting Your Work Permit Journey
Navigating the process of getting a Mauritius work permit involves understanding the law, meeting eligibility criteria, and submitting the right documents. TBI Mauritius is here to guide you through this journey. Rules can change, so it is a good idea to consult professionals before beginning the process of getting a Mauritius work permit.
What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
- We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.
TBI will advise on the appropriate permit or visa for coming to Mauritius.
- We will send a detailed proposal with clear costs, timeframes and explanations.
- We will assemble the documents and make the application on your behalf.
If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.
We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.
- The directors can act as Commissioner for Oaths.
- We can assist with other business advice and can bring in law firms as and when required.
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