In search of the perfect place to set up your little family nest and do you tend to imagine what your life would be like in the tropics? You’ve probably heard about this Paradisiac island, Mauritius, so often, island where it feels good to be all year round, that sometimes you start daydreaming, thinking about leaving everything else behind and getting a fresh start under the sun... What if you actually took the step?

You should know that there are few different types of permits for those who wish to stay, work or enjoy their retirement in Mauritius, namely the Occupation Permit and the Permanent Residence Permit.

The Occupation Permit (OP)

This includes a work permit as well as a residence permit allowing you to work and settle in Mauritius for 3 years (this permit is renewable under certain conditions). Investors, professionals and entrepreneurs are eligible. Click here for more information.

The Residence Permit for retirees (RP)

If you are 50 years old or more, you can apply for a residence permit (RP) to enjoy your retirement to the fullest in Mauritius. To do this, you must open a bank account in Mauritius and be able to justify a monthly transfer of USD 1500 into that account, which, the equivalent of USD 54,000 during the 3 years’ validity of the residence permit. After this period, you will be able to apply for a Permanent Residence Permit in Mauritius.

The Permanent Residence Permit (PRP)

This allows you to work and live in Mauritius for a period of 10 years. Whether you’re retired, an investor or an entrepreneur, if you have a valid OP, you’re eligible for a Permanent Residence Permit. When you are married, your partner can also obtain the status of resident. Same applies for your children who are under the age of 24. If you are in a relationship but not married, then your spouse is eligible for a temporary residence permit that must be renewed each year.

To obtain one of the above permits, you must meet the criteria as stipulated on the official website of the Economic Development Board.

The acquisition of Mon Trésor properties

Once you purchase a property worth more than USD 500,000 under the Smart City Scheme, Property Development Scheme (PDS) and the former IRS and RES programs, you become eligible for a residence permit. At the heart of Mon Trésor Smart City, a harmonious lifestyle awaits you. All you must do is make a choice between the modern and highly functional apartments, townhouses designed in an authentic Mauritian architecture or a luxurious plantation villa. For sure, you’ll discover a new art de vivre in an idyllic setting, combining urban intelligence, countryside and seaside.

Now that you’re aware of the different steps necessary to get a residence permit, it's time to stop dreaming and start realizing a new life in paradise.