Mauritius Attracts Foreign Professionals in Several Sectors

Over the past 6 years, Mauritius has issued Occupation Permits to more than 16,800 foreigners in different sectors of the economy. The country is opened to attracting talents by offering a 3-year renewable Occupation Permit to Professionals.

Non-citizens must derive a basic salary of at least MUR 60,000 to be eligible for the Occupation Permit. Professionals in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, and Food Processing are eligible for an Occupation Permit at a reduced monthly basic salary threshold of MUR 30,000.

A Professional is also eligible for the 20-year Permanent Residency, after having derived a basic monthly salary of MUR 150,000 over a period of three years.

Sectors attracting foreign talents include Professional Services, Hospitality and Airline, Financial Services, Seafood & Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Property Development, Medical, ICT-BPO, and Knowledge sectors amongst others.

Professionals can be accompanied by their dependents during the duration of their permit and this includes the spouse, children up to the age of 24 years, and parents.

To drive new and emerging sectors of the economy, a Young Professional Occupation Permit (YPOP) has been introduced to enable foreign students, having completed at least an undergraduate degree in a tertiary education institution in Mauritius, to work and live for a maximum period of 3 years in the country. This new permit seeks to retain young professionals with an academic qualification in avenues encompassing Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology, Fintech, Robotics, Financial Services, and Information Technology.

Beyond the initial period of three years, a young professional may continue to work in Mauritius on an Occupation Permit, should the employer still require his competencies.