Permits to work and live in Mauritius

Options for a foreign national to invest, work and reside in Mauritius

List of Permits to Work and Live in Mauritius

There are several options for a foreign national to invest, work and reside in Mauritius.

Work Permit

Application for a Work Permit is made to the Ministry of Labour, Industrial relations, Employment and Training by the employer.

Companies recruiting foreign labour in bulk and which do not qualify for an Occupation Permit need to obtain a permission in principle in a first instance from the Ministry to be able to apply for a Work Permit.


Occupation Permit

The Occupation Permit (OP) is a combined work and residence permit which allows a foreign national to work and live in Mauritius for a period of 3 years, renewable. There are 4 categories of Occupation Permit: Investor, Professional, Self Employed and Innovator.

Foreign nationals respecting the following criteria are eligible for an Occupation Permit.

  • Initial investment of USD100,000
  • An annual turnover > MUR 2 million (approx. USD56,000) for the 1st year and cumulative of at least MUR 10 million (approx. USD280,000) for subsequent 2 years
  • Net asset value of at least USD 100,000
  • Cumulative turnover of MUR 12 (approx. USD340,000) million during the preceding 3 years with a turnover of at least MUR 2 million (approx. USD56,000) in any one year.
A beneficiary is an individual who has inherited a business, in case of death or incapacity of the previous investor

  • Net asset value of the business is at least USD 100,000
  • Cumulative turnover of MUR 12 (approx. USD340,000) million with a turnover of at least MUR 2 million (approx. USD56,000) in any one year.
  • Initial investment of USD 25,000
  • Investment of remaining balance (USD 75,000) as high-tech machinery and Equipment
  • Initial investment of USD 50,000
  • Minimum operational expenditure of 20% in Research and Development
  • Basic monthly salary > MUR 60,000 (approx. USD1,700)
  • Basic monthly salary > MUR 30,000 (approx. USD850) for those employed in the ICT sector
  • Initial transfer of USD 35,000
  • The business should generate an annual income > MUR 600,000 (approx. USD17,000) in the first 2 years and MUR 1,200,000 (approx. USD34,000) as from the third year.

Residence Permits

Retired non-citizens over the age of 50, their dependents and dependents of Occupation Permit holders can apply for a Residence Permit.

Criteria for Retired non-citizen

  • Above 50 yrs. of age
  • Annual transfer of USD 30,000 or monthly transfer of at least USD 2500 in a local bank account.

Permanent Residence Permit

A holder of an Occupation or Residence Permit or a foreign national is eligible to apply for a 10-year Residence Permit provided specific conditions are met.

  • Investor: The aggregate turnover should exceed MUR 45 million (approx. USD1.25 million) for the 3 years’ period.
  • Professional: The basic monthly salary should exceed MUR 150,000 (approx. USD4,200) for 3 consecutive years.
  • Self-Employed: The business Income of the applicant should exceed MUR 3 million (approx. USD85,000) per annum for the 3 consecutive years.
Retired Non – Citizen: Transfer of USD 40,000 annually to his/her local bank for 3 consecutive years
A foreign national who has invested a minimum of USD 500,000 into a qualifying activity is also eligible for the 10-year residence permit.

Qualifying activities are 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.

Accommodation : 

Options vary from luxurious villas to lifestyles apartments and flats.  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 (approx. USD170,000) or its equivalent in any other hard convertible foreign currency.


Residence Permit through acquisition of property

The Property Development Scheme (PDS) is a program to facilitate the development of and a purchase of residential luxury estate by non-citizens. The acquisition of a residential property in the schemes approved by the Economic Development Board, namely PDS entitles buyers and their dependents to a residence permit, provided that the property is acquired for a price exceeding USD 500,000. This residence permit is valid as long as the property is owned by the resident.

Legal Framework: How to Work, Invest and Reside in Mauritius


Non-Citizens (Employment Restriction) Act


Investment Promotion Act 


Immigration Act