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Mauritius Self Employed Occupation Permit

Mauritius Self-Employed Occupation Permit

Mauritius occupation permit self employed

The Mauritian Self-Employed Occupation Permit is ideal for a freelancer wishing to relocate to a tropical jurisdiction with reliable telecommunication networks. Beyond the possibility to pursue an active lifestyle, it also provides the opportunity to provide professional services to both local and international clients.

Key Features of the Mauritian self-employed Occupation Permit

Minimum investment – USD 35,000

Validity – 10 years, renewable

Applicable fee – MUR 20,000 upon approval of application

Renewing criteria – An annual business income of MUR 800,000 as from 3rd year of registration

How to qualify for the Mauritian self-employed occupation permit program ?

A minimum investment of USD 35,000 in a professional activity and the provision of two letters of intent from potential clients.

Do I need to travel to Mauritius to start the application process?

You can start the application process online without having to travel to Mauritius. The National Electronic Licensing System is a dedicated online platform that caters for the whole process: from submission of application until issue of the approval in principle letter.

For security and identification purposes, you will be required to register prior to the use of the online platform, accessible on the following link https://business.edbmauritius.org/.

How do I get started with the setting up of a business in Mauritius?

The Corporate and Business Registration Department (CBRD) is a one-stop shop for starting a business and you will be required to register on the following link https://companies.govmu.org/ for the procedures to register your activity.

When should I transfer the fund required?

Once you obtain the approval in principle, you will be eligible to obtain a bank account in Mauritius. The initial transfer of USD 35,000, or its equivalent in freely convertible currency, should be transferred to your bank account. The transfer of funds is a pre-requisite for the issue of the Occupation Permit.

Do I require any clearance/license to start the operations of my company?

A non-regulated activity does not require any license or clearance to start operations. A regulated activity as opposed with require a clearance/license from the relevant public sector agency prior to the start of operations or within a defined timeframe, after operations have started.

You will be informed of the need to apply for a clearance/license following the submission of your application for an Occupation Permit. The clearance/license is requirement to obtain an Occupation Permit.

When should I file a return of income?

Businesses registered in Mauritius are required to file a return of income with the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) annually and effect payment of tax where applicable.

Can I acquire a residential property in Mauritius while being under this residency option?

As a foreign national, you may acquire a residential property developed under the Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS), Real Estate Scheme (RES), Property Development Scheme (PDS) or Smart City Scheme (SCS). The foreign national is also allowed to acquire an apartment located in a building of at least ground plus two floors.

In addition, a non-citizen who has a residence permit under IRS/RES/PDS is exempted from the requirement to hold an Occupation or Work Permit to invest and work in Mauritius.

Can my family accompany me?

Immigration policies in Mauritius strongly promote family reunion/reunification. Dependents, comprising the spouse, common law partner of the opposite sex, children aged 24 years and below, and parents are eligible for a residence permit, allowing them to live in Mauritius for the same duration. You may apply for a residence permit for your dependents with the Passport and Immigration Office, once you have received your Occupation Permit.

What happens after the 10 years?

You can apply for a renewal, subject to a business income of 800,000 rupees per year as from the third year of registration.

You are also eligible to apply for a 20-year Permanent Residence Permit provided you have held the residency for at least 3 years, with an annual business income of at least MUR 3 million for 3 consecutive years, immediately preceding the application for the Permanent Residence Permit.

You are also eligible to apply for a 20-year Permanent Residence Permit provided you have held the residency for at least 3 years, with an annual business income of at least MUR 3 million for 3 consecutive years, immediately preceding the application for the Permanent Residence Permit.

Can I employ people to work with me?

The Self-Employed Occupation Permit is intended for professionals operating a one-person business activity. However, the recruitment of non-administrative staffs is allowed.

What documents do I require to submit an application?

Preliminary documents to be uploaded online for Approval-In-Principle

  1. Birth Certificate – original (either in English or French) If not, a certified/sworn translated copy by a competent authority should be submitted.
  2. Detailed Business Plan – as per template provided.
  3. Passport – Biodata page
  4. 1 recent colour passport size digital photograph – dimensions 3.5cm (413 pixels) x 4.5cm (531 pixels) (less than six months old)
  5. Signed undertaking – to be filled and signed by the applicant.

Documents to be uploaded and presented in originals after Approval-In-Principle

  1. Business Registration Card
  2. Certificate of Incorporation
  3. Register of Shareholders and Directors
  4. Investment (evidence of transfer of funds from abroad in a local bank account of the company)
  5. Clearances/licenses/letter of intent for regulated activities (GBL, TEL, etc)
  6. Marriage Certificate / Divorce Certificate– original (either in English or French) If not, a certified/sworn translated copy by a competent authority should be submitted.
  7. Medical Certificate and reports – less than six months old
  8. Last entry visa pages
  9. Copy of any other permit – Occupation Permit/Work/Residence Permit
  10. Processing fee
  11. Any other document as may be required.

Kindly note that the preliminary documents mentioned above must also be presented in originals while attending the appointment.

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