Mauritius Citizenship Requirements

Getting Mauritius citizenship is attractive for an increasing number of foreign citizens, including families, retirees, and investors, due to its high quality of life, culture, and favourable tax regime. Getting Mauritius citizenship can be challenging, and there are several pathways available, including citizenship by investment, marriage, adoption, and descent. This page provides a comprehensive overview of Mauritius citizenship requirements, the application process, and alternative routes for living and working on the island. Whether you are interested in becoming a Mauritian citizen or simply exploring your options, we encourage you to explore the resources below.

Requirements For Mauritius Citizenship by Marriage

Foreign spouses of Mauritian citizens can apply for Mauritius citizenship by registration. To get Mauritius citizenship, the foreign spouse should have resided with their Mauritian spouse in Mauritius for 4 consecutive years before applying.

Requirements For Mauritius Citizenship by Investment

Investors can become Mauritian citizens by investing upon meeting specific conditions. The requirements for Mauritius citizenship by investment include investing a minimum of $500,000 in Mauritius and residing in the country for at least 2 years before applying. Note that this process may involve significant hurdles. An alternative to Mauritius citizenship by investment in investing at least USD375,000 in a property to live in Mauritius as long as you own the property.

Requirements For Mauritius Citizenship by Adoption

Foreign nationals can get Mauritius citizenship by adoption if the adoption is legally executed in Mauritius, and the adoptive parents are Mauritian citizens.

Requirements For Mauritius Citizenship by Registration

Children born in Mauritius before October 1, 1995, to Mauritian or foreign parents, or born after that date to at least one Mauritian parent, are eligible for citizenship by registration. Those born outside Mauritius can get citizenship if one of their parents is a Mauritian citizen by birth.

Alternatives to Getting Mauritius Citizenship

While getting citizenship in Mauritius is not possible for most people, there are other paths to living and working on the island.

Mauritius Residency By Investment

An alternative to getting Mauritius citizenship by investment is getting residency by investment. Instead of citizenship by investment, non-citizens can get a 20-year residency by investment by investing USD375,000 in a business. Instead of Mauritius citizenship by investment, foreigners can also invest at least USD375,000 in a property to live permanently in Mauritius. Getting residence through property investment allows foreigners to live in Mauritius as long as they own the property. As such, property investment is a great alternative for foreigners looking to get Mauritius citizenship by investment.

Mauritius Occupation Permit

Non-citizens can apply for a Permanent Residence Permit after being on an Occupation Permit for at least 3 years. The Mauritius Permanent Residence Permit will then allow the applicant to live and work in Mauritius for 20 years.

Mauritius Retirement Permit

Mauritius also offers a Retirement Permit, which allows individuals over the age of 50 to retire in Mauritius and live here for 10 years. After 3 years on this permit, retired foreigners can apply for a 20-year residence permit. Foreign retirees can also invest in a property in Mauritius as a way to live permanently in Mauritius. Instead of citizenship by investment, retirees can get residency by investment and live permanently here. To qualify, retirees would have to invest at least $200,000 in a property in the PDS. Click here to read more on the latest rules for investing in a property.

It’s important to note that qualifying for Mauritian citizenship requirements is a complex process, and for most, the best opportunities to get citizenship in Mauritius come through significant investments in the country. The best way to determine which path is right for you is to consult with an immigration expert or relocation advisor in Mauritius. Here at TBI, we can assess your individual circumstances and advise you on the best course of action for moving to Mauritius.

What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
  • We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
  • 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.
  • We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.
  • We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.
  • If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.
  • 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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For our Russian-speaking clients: Visit the residence permit and citizenship page to learn more. Our sister website, Residency in Mauritius, is specifically designed for Russian speakers, making it easier for them to access information about Mauritius.