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Our comprehensive range of relocation support services and professional staff coordinate all the aspects of the relocation into one seamless service. We tailor high quality, great value solutions to meet all your relocation needs.

What you need to know

VISA

Do I need to apply for a visa before travelling to Mauritius?
Nationals of most countries do not require a visa prior to travelling to Mauritius. The Non-Citizen should hold a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months as from date of arrival, a valid return ticket and sufficient funds to meet the costs of your stay in Mauritius.

I arrived on a tourist visa and want to apply for an Occupation Permit. Can I convert my tourist visa into a business visa?
It is not possible to convert a tourist visa into a business visa in country if you intend to apply for an Occupation Permit. If you intend to work in Mauritius, you should obtain a business visa upon entry to the country.

For additional information, you may wish to visit the website of the Passport and Immigration Office: Visit the website here

Occupation Permit

Important Note: Positive changes were proposed at the Mauritius budget meeting on held on the 4th of June 2020. These changes will be updated below accordingly once passed through Parliament. Please contact us for details on these proposed changes.

Under which status can I apply for an Occupation Permit and what are the requirements?

The first step in planning your move to Mauritius is to establish the best entry route. Let the DodoRelocations team of specialists guide you through process of choosing your appropriate permit.

The Occupation Permit (OP) issued by the Economic Development Board (EDB) is a combined work and residence permit which allows foreign nationals to work and reside in Mauritius under the following three specific categories (Investor, Professional & Self-Employed):

INVESTOR PERMIT

A non-citizen is eligible to apply for an Occupation Permit as Investor by satisfying the following conditions:

  • An Investor must be a shareholder and director in a company incorporated in Mauritius under the Companies Act 2001.
  • The Investor needs to make an initial transfer of USD 100,000 or equivalent in foreign currency to the bank account of the company under which the application will be made.
  • The business activity should generate a cumulative turnover of at least 12 million rupees during the three years and with a turnover of at least 2 million Rupees per year.
  • A company may have more than one investor. Similarly, the initial investment and annual turnover will be a multiple of the number of Investors in the company.
  • An existing investor operating in Mauritius but not registered with the Economic Development Board having a net asset value of at least USD 100,000 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency and a cumulative turnover of at least 12 million Rupees during the 3 years preceding the application for occupation permit may apply for the Investor Permit.
  • For renewal after three years, the business should generate a cumulative turnover of at least 12 million rupees during the three years preceding the application for occupation permit and with a turnover of at least 2 million rupees per year.
  • For beneficiaries (an individual who has inherited a business in case of death or incapacity of the previous investor), the same applies. I.e. the net asset value of the business should be at least USD 100,000 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency and a cumulative turnover of at least 12 million Rupees during the preceding three years and with a turnover of at least 2 million Rupees per year.
  • Two additional Investor Permits are available classified as Investor in high technology machines and equipment and Investor for innovative start-ups.

Note: The Investor Permit holder will be eligible to apply for a 10-year Permanent Residence Permit if the aggregate turnover exceeds 45 million Rupees for the 3-year period preceding the application.

PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATION PERMIT

How can I obtain this permit?

A Professional, as defined under the Immigration Act, is an expatriate employed in Mauritius by virtue of a contract of employment. Expats who have been offered employment and sponsorship from a local company may apply for this permit. The Professional Occupation Permit is by far the most predominant entry permit for foreign nationals. If you are looking for an offer of employment on the island, get in touch with us and we will put you in touch with reputable recruitment companies to get the process started.

  • A Professional should earn a monthly basic salary of at least 60,000 Rupees. However, the monthly basic salary for Professionals in the ICT Sector should be at least 30,000 Rupees.
  • Professionals working for a period of less than one year in Mauritius may apply for a Short-term Occupation Permit. Under the Short-term Occupation Permit, Professionals can work and reside in Mauritius for a period not exceeding 9 months. The permit may be extended only once for a period not exceeding 3 months.

Note: The Professional Occupation Permit holder will be eligible to apply for a 10-year Permanent Residence Permit if the Professional has a monthly basic salary of at least 150,000 Rupees for three consecutive years immediately preceding the application.

SELF-EMPLOYED PERMIT

A Self-Employed person is defined as a non-citizen engaged in a professional activity under the services sector only and registered with the Registrar of Businesses under the Business Registration Act 2002.

  • A Self-Employed individual should operate a one-person business activity, working exclusively for his/her own account.
  • The Self-Employed individual should make an initial transfer of USD 35,000 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency into his/her local bank account in Mauritius.
  • The business activity should generate a cumulative business income of at least 2,4 million Rupees during the three years preceding the application for occupation permit and with a business income of at least 600,000 Rupees per year.

Note: The Self-Employed Permit holder will be eligible to apply for a 10-year Permanent Residence Permit if the business Income of the applicant is at least 3 million Rupees per annum for the 3 consecutive years immediately preceding the application.

 

Source: Visit the official EDB website here for detailed accurate information.

Retirement Permit

RETIREMENT PERMIT

Mauritius is fast emerging as a preferred destination for non-citizens looking for an enticing place to spend their retirement years. Here’s a couple of reasons why…

  • Stress-free, safe, politically and economically stable with low taxation
  • Medical and health services of a world-class standard
  • Affordable cost-of-living with good infrastructure and amenities
  • Tropical climate and wonderful beaches
  • Extensive real estate opportunities, from fully serviced apartments to luxurious villas and beachfront residences
  • With several daily flights to Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia, one is only hours away from family and friends

Get in touch with us about acquiring a property in one of the following categories:

  • a residential unit developed under the IRS, RES and PDS
  • a residential unit developed in a smart city
  • an apartment located in a building of at least two floors above ground floor

A Retired Non-Citizen is defined as a person who is not a citizen of Mauritius and aged 50 years or above. See the criteria below:

  • A Retired Non-Citizen should make an initial transfer of at least USD 1,500 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency to his/her local bank account in Mauritius.
  • Thereafter, the Retired Non-Citizen should transfer at least USD 1,500 monthly or transfer of such amounts, by instalments or otherwise, the aggregate of which shall be at least USD 54,000 or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency, during the 3 years’ validity of the residence permit.
  • Only one person can apply for the Retirement Permit and the other person (e.g. spouse) can apply as a dependent on the respective permit
  • At the end of each year, the Retired Non-Citizen should submit to the Economic Development Board, evidence of transfer of funds into his/her local bank account.
  • A Retired Non-Citizen is not permitted to participate in any profitable activities in Mauritius. However, if you want to invest in a business, you are allowed to do so as the minority shareholder. The permit holder is also not permitted to work or hold a job responsibility as a full-time company director in Mauritius.

Note: The Retirement Permit holder will be eligible to apply for a 10-year Permanent Residence Permit if the retired non-citizen has held a Residence Permit for three years and has transferred an aggregate of at least USD 54,000, or its equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency, to his/her account in a local bank during the three years immediately preceding the application.

Source: Visit the official EDB website here for detailed accurate information.

Permanent Residency

Permanent Residency

The Mauritian property market continues to be an enticing option for non-citizens looking for real estate investment that offers permanent residency.

In Mauritius, a property investment at a minimum of USD 500,000 in a government-approved development (Property Development Scheme, Real Estate Scheme, Integrated Resort Scheme, or Smart City) offers the purchaser, their spouse and children under 24 years of age permanent residency status. The permanent residency is valid for as long as they own the property.

Permanent residency is an important aspect of the purchase decision, however it is crucial that the real estate investment provides favourable capital growth and rental return prospects.

Property value is expected to grow by 40% in the next 10 years. Furthermore, Mauritius is extremely tax efficient with no capital gains or inheritance tax.

How do we help…

DodoRelocations offers a unique turnkey solution for non-citizens looking to purchase property. Rely on our experience, we have an extensive network of both off plan and resale property purchase options available to meet your requirements. We are not real estate agents! Instead, we work with all reputable agencies and developers on the island and negotiate to ensure your best interests are met – we’re on your side.

During our accompanied Property Search service, we visit qualified properties from a predetermined shortlist saving time whilst ensuring a comprehensive selection from carefully selected and trusted agencies.

In addition, we can assist with the following services:

  • de-snagging your home prior to arrival
  • the appointment of local interior decorators
  • procurement of all your kitchen equipment
  • procurement of the best quality linen and towels
  • procurement of carpets and blinds
  • the design and making of furniture
  • the appointment of pool maintenance and garden services
  • the provision of handymen, plumbers and electricians
  • utility setup and organisation of internet and DSTV

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  • Pre-Arrival Support

  • Orientation Services

  • Temporary Accommodation

  • Home Search Services

  • Education & Schooling

  • Pet Relocation Support

  • Logistics Management

  • Networking Opportunities

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