Mauritius Residency By Occupation

The Mauritius occupation permit is a popular option for foreigners who want to live and work in Mauritius. With a 15% corporate tax rate, no capital gains tax and a strong focus on good governance, Mauritius is a great option for foreign investors and entrepreneurs. To work in Mauritius, choose between the 3 types of Mauritius occupation permit: Professional Permit, Investor Permit, Self-Employed Permit.

Run by British lawyers, TBI Mauritius is an immigration expert and relocation advisor in Mauritius. With years of experience in the relocation industry, we have been helping foreigners move here and set up businesses. Our relocation services, include preliminary advice, assistance with permits, finding accommodation, setting up businesses, bank accounts, and full concierge services. Contact us to find out more.

Mauritius Occupation Permit

The Mauritius Occupation Permit is a combined work and residence permit that allows foreigners to live and work in Mauritius. There are three types of Occupation Permits: Professional, Self-Employed, and Investor. Each of the 3 types of Mauritius Occupation Permits can then be converted into a Permanent Residence Permit which will give the permit holder the right to live and work in Mauritius for 20 years. Read more on the Mauritius Permanent Residence Permit here.

Mauritius Professional Permit

The Professional Occupation Permit allows skilled professionals to live and work in Mauritius. To get a Mauritius professional occupation permit, you need to have a job from a company in Mauritius. The minimum salary for the occupation permit is MUR 30,000. This occupation permit is valid for the duration of your employment contract. Professionals can apply for the permit for a maximum of 10 years. After 3 years on a professional occupation permit, you may be eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit in Mauritius.

mauritius self employed permitMauritius Self-Employed Permit

The Mauritius Self-Employed Permit is for foreigners who wish to work as a self-employed individual. To become self-employed in Mauritius, you must operate as a one-person company and invest USD 35,000. The permit is valid for 10 years and is renewable. After 3 years on a Mauritius Self-Employed Permit, you may be eligible for a permanent residence permit. To qualify, you will need to have generated an annual business income of at least MUR 3 million for 3 consecutive years.

Mauritius Investor Permit

An Investor Permit allows foreigners to invest in a Mauritian business and obtain residency. There are four options for the Investor Permit:

  • Option 1 – Normal: Make an initial investment of USD 50,000 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency.

  • Option 2 – Net Asset Value: Invest in a company with a net asset value of at least USD 50,000.

  • Option 3 – High Technology Machines & Equipment: Invest in high technology machines and equipment worth at least USD 50,000.

  • Option 4 – Investor for Innovative starts ups with no investment: Invest in an innovative start-up company with no minimum investment requirement.

To be eligible for a Permanent Residence Permit in Mauritius as an investor, you must have held an Occupation Permit as Investor for at least 3 years, immediately preceding the date of application, and have either a minimum annual gross income of at least MUR 15 million for 3 years or an aggregate turnover of MUR 45 million for any consecutive period of 3 years during your current permit. Click here to learn more about working in Mauritius as an investor.

Mauritius Work Permit

The Mauritius work permit is an official authorisation issued by the government, granting foreigners the right to live and work 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, subject to different criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for an occupation permit in Mauritius?

The requirements for a professional occupation permit include, a job offer from a Mauritian company and a monthly salary of at least MUR 30,000. The requirements for an occupation permit as a self-employed are: operate as a one-person company and make an initial investment of USD 35,000. The requirement for an investor occupation permit include, investing USD 50,000 in a business.

How do I become self-employed in Mauritius?

To work in Mauritius as a self-employed, foreigners will need to obtain a 10-year Self-Employed Occupation Permit. To work as a self-employed in Mauritius, invest USD 35,000 and operate as a one-person company.

What is the occupation permit for 10 years in Mauritius?

The occupation permit for 10 years comes under 3 categories: Professional, Investor and Self-Employed. Each occupation permit is valid for a maximum period of 10 years and have distinct requirements.

What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
  • Provide expert advice on the Mauritius Occupation Permit. We can explain the requirements for each type of Occupation Permit and help you determine which one is right for you based upon your business, wealth and your goals.
  • Assist you with the Occupation Permit application process. We will help you gather all of the required documents and complete your application correctly. We will also represent you in front of the government officials during the application process.
  • Provide ongoing support after you receive your Occupation Permit. We can help you relocate to Mauritius and settle into your new home. We can also provide you with advice on Mauritius tax law, business regulations, and other important matters.

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Please be aware that we do not provide assistance with job placement in Mauritius or with the application process for student visas.