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How to get a Permanent Residence Permit (PRP) in Mauritius as foreigner in 6 steps

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A Permanent Residence Permit (PRP) in Mauritius offers numerous advantages. Individuals granted a PRP can reside in Mauritius for up to 20 years with the opportunity to renew their permit. Additionally, they are permitted to work freely within the country and include their families under the same permit. Moreover, there are several tax benefits associated with obtaining a PRP. This article aims to provide guidance on the application process for acquiring a PRP in Mauritius.

Can foreigners obtain Mauritius citizenship?

Foreigners can obtain Mauritius citizenship after a period of five to seven years of permanent residency in Mauritius, depending on their country of origin. Alternatively, investors can apply for an expedited process that takes only two years if they make a minimum investment of over $500,000 and have resided in Mauritius for two consecutive years without any absences.

Foreigners can acquire a Permanent Residence Permit (PRP) in Mauritius through the Property Investment Program. This program allows foreigners to invest in various schemes such as the Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS), Real Estate Scheme (RES), Property Development Scheme (PDS), Ground +2 Scheme (G+2), Smart City Scheme, and Invest Hotel Scheme (IHS).

Additionally, there are other options available to obtain a PRP in Mauritius, including the Investors Residence Permit, Self-Employed Residence Permit, Occupation permit, or Retiree Residence Permit.

Once granted approval for the PRP, applicants and their families are given full residence rights, which include the right to live, work, and retire in Mauritius.

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Permanent Residence Permit in Mauritius through one of the 6 investment schemes 

To obtain a Permanent Residence Permit through one of the investment schemes in Mauritius, foreign investors must meet a minimum investment amount of at least $375.000. These are the different investment schemes:

  • Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS): Foreigners can invest in luxurious real estate with high-end amenities. The properties under this scheme must exceed 10 hectares in size.
  • Real Estate Scheme (RES): Similar to IRS but with no minimum investment requirement and land not exceeding 10 hectares. Multiple property types are available under this scheme.
  • Property Development Scheme (PDS): Replaced IRS and RES in 2015. Investors can purchase properties ranging from affordable to high-end. The properties developed under this scheme must have a social benefit for the community.
  • Ground +2 Scheme (G+2): Allows foreigners to buy apartments in condominium developments, with the requirement that the apartments are at least two levels above ground.
  • Smart City Scheme (SCS): Aims to create a modern, sustainable, and integrated living and working environment that generates its own energy and water resources.
  • Invest Hotel Scheme (IHS): Investors can obtain parts of hotels and reside there for a maximum of 45 days per year.

Permanent Residence Permit in Mauritius through other permits 

Foreigners can also obtain a PRP through other permits such as the Investors Residence Permit, Occupation Permit, Self-Employed Residence Permit, or Retiree Residence Permit. Each permit has specific eligibility criteria based on income levels or business requirements.

It is important to note that obtaining a PRP does not grant immediate Mauritius citizenship.

Eligibility criteria 

According to the Economic Development Board of Mauritius, an individual is eligible for one of the Permanent Residence Permits in Mauritius, if they meet the following criteria after residency in Mauritius for at least three years under one of the four categories:

  1. Investors Residence Permit: An investor must have a gross annual income of at least MUR 1.5 million ($33,000) million for three years in a row. Or, must have achieved an aggregate turnover of MUR 4.5 million ($99,000) million for three years in a row preceding the permanent residency application.. 
  2. Retiree Residence Permit: A retired non-citizen must transfer at least $54,000 in a currency free of their choice to Mauritius preceding the permanent residency application.
  3. Occupation Permit: A professional must receive a monthly basic salary of at least MUR 150,000 ($3,300) for three years in a row preceding the permanent residency application. 
  4. Self-Employed Residence Permit: The business income must be at least MUR 3 million ($66,000) for three consecutive years, preceding the permanent residency application.
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How to apply for Mauritius Permanent Residence Permit in 6 steps 

Foreigners can apply for a PRP in Mauritius by following the steps below: 

Step 1: Determine eligibility

Ensure that you meet the criteria for one of the categories mentioned above or one of the investment schemes.

Step 2: Gather required documentation

Prepare necessary documents such as passport copies, birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), professional qualifications (if applicable), proof of income or investment, police clearance from your country of residence, and a health certificate.

Step 3: Submit an application

Complete the application forms available on the website of the Economic Development Board in Mauritius. Provide personal details, employer/business information if applicable, family details if applicable, and include all supporting documents.

Step 4: Pay application fees

The cost of the PRP application depends on the type of permit chosen.

Step 5: Wait for approval

After submission and payment of fees, your application will be processed which typically takes several months to a year.

Step 6: Receive permit

If approved, you will receive a permit valid for 20 years with an option for renewal.

What are the required documents to apply for a Permanent Residence Permit in Mauritius? 

You have to submit several documents for your application for the Mauritius PRP, ensure you have the following documents in order: 

  • Application form for the specific PRP you want to apply for;
  • Passport;
  • Birth certificate;
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable);
  • Professional qualifications (if applicable);
  • Proof of income or investment; 
  • Police clearance from your country of residence;
  • Health certificate. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I get permanent residency in Mauritius?

You can get permanent residency in Mauritius through one of the investment schemes or through other permits such as the Investors Residence Permit, Occupation Permit, Self-Employed Residence Permit, or Retiree Residence Permit and meet all eligibility criteria. 

How long does it take to get a residence permit in Mauritius? 

The processing time for obtaining a residence permit in Mauritius can vary based on the type of permit and individual circumstances. It usually takes up to a few months to a year. For the most accurate and current processing times, it is advisable to contact the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Mauritius or the Mauritius Board of Investment, as they provide the latest information on immigration policies and processing timelines.

Can a foreigner get citizenship in Mauritius? 

Yes, a foreigner can obtain citizenship in Mauritius, but it involves a specific process and meeting certain criteria. Typically, foreigners must first hold a Permanent Residency Permit for a number of years, during which they need to demonstrate continuous residence in Mauritius. The exact duration and requirements can vary and are subject to the country’s immigration laws. After fulfilling the residency requirement and other conditions set by the Mauritian government, a foreigner can apply for citizenship.

Written by Ninke van Vliet

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