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Residence and Citizenship by Investment

Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean that is attracting considerable foreign investment. Having experienced steady economic growth for decades, Mauritius is one of the most business-friendly countries in Africa. Residence brings many benefits including lifestyle advantages, with additional benefits for Southern African Development Community citizens.


Residence by Investment Overview

Mauritius’ residence program allows foreign nationals to make a real estate investment into the country and apply for a residence permit. Successful applicants and their families are granted full residence rights including the right to live, work, and retire in Mauritius.

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Minimum real estate investment of USD 375,000


Processing time

Six–eight months


Key benefit

The right to live, work, and retire in Mauritius

The Mauritius Residence by Investment Program

Mauritius is known for its pleasant tropical climate, multiculturalism, and spectacular living environments, but its dynamic economy, attractive tax regimes, and competitive business landscape have bolstered the country’s global stature and are attracting high-net-worth individuals and families from around the globe. For those who wish to reside in this island nation, the Mauritius Residence by Investment Program is the most efficient way to acquire such status. Under this program, individuals who invest into the nation’s real estate market can become Mauritian residents within six to eight months.

Benefits of the Mauritius Residence by Investment Program

  • Opportunity to rent out the investment property
  • Residence applicable to the whole family — including a spouse or common law partner, parents, and natural, step-, or adopted children of any age who are fully dependent on the main applicant, unmarried, and who should not engage in any employment in Mauritius without a valid work or occupation permit
  • Safe, secure environment with tropical climate year-round
  • International schools and universities
  • Political, social, and economic stability
  • Among the top 20 countries in the world for ease of doing business
  • Sophisticated, transparent, and well-regulated international financial center

Requirements of residence by investment in Mauritius

The Mauritius Residence by Investment Program requires foreign investors to acquire luxury residential real estate with a minimum value of USD 375,000 in one of the following six real estate projects:

  1. The Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS)
    Villas, townhouses, penthouses, apartments, duplexes, and services plots of land exceeding 10 hectares
  2. The Real Estate Scheme (RES):
    Smaller than the IRS units and built on freehold land not exceeding 10 hectares
  3. The Property Development Scheme (PDS):
    Integrated projects of social benefit to the neighboring community, subject to strict controls regarding respect for the environment and focused on ecology
  4. The Invest Hotel Scheme (IHS):
    New or existing hotel units, where the investor can live for 45 days in any 12-month period
  5. The Smart City Scheme (SCS): 
    Environmentally friendly living, working, or leisure spaces aimed at generating their own energy and water resources, providing state-of-the-art connectivity, creating smart modern transportation, and reducing traffic congestion
  6. The Ground +2 Apartment Scheme (G+2):
    Located in condominium developments of at least two levels above ground

Alternatively, applicants can select one of the following other qualifying options for 20-year permanent residence. These options are geared towards:

  • General investors (shareholders or directors of a company in Mauritius)Initial transfer of USD 50,000 for a business activity that generates cumulative turnover, for a 10-year initial residence period
  • High-technology investors (shareholders or directors of a company in Mauritius): Initial investment of USD 50,000 in high-tech machinery and equipment for a business activity that generates cumulative turnover, for a 10-year initial residence period
  • Innovative start-up investors: Initial investment of USD 40,000 and a minimum expenditure of 20% on research and development, or register with a Mauritian-accredited incubator with a minimum operation expenditure of 20%, for a 10-year initial residence period
  • Professional investors (expatriates employed in Mauritius by contract): Monthly basic salary with a minimum value of approximately USD 1,400 (approximately USD 700 in the ICT sector), for a 10-year initial residence period
  • Self-employed investors (in the services sector and registered under the Business Registration Act 2002): Initial transfer of USD 35,000 to a local bank account in Mauritius, for a 10-year initial residence period
  • Retired non-citizen investors (50 years or over): Initial transfer of at least USD 1,500 monthly to a local bank account in Mauritius, for a 10-year initial residence period (or USD 54,000 over the three-year residence period)

Procedures and time frame of the Mauritius Residence by Investment Program

Applications to the program must be made through the prescribed forms and must be accompanied by the appropriate fees. Supporting documents including a recent certificate of morality and a recent medical certificate from the applicant stating that they are free of contagious diseases are also applicable.

The real estate investment must be maintained for the duration of the residence permit and must be financed from outside funds transferred to Mauritius through a bank recognized by the Bank of Mauritius.

After initial due diligence checks have been conducted, the applicant may choose their preferred property. Once approval in principle has been granted and the applicant has fulfilled the investment, the application for residence can be submitted to the Economic Development Board of the Republic of Mauritius. Following successful due diligence checks, the applicant (and included family members) receives a Mauritian residence permit.

Dependents include spouses or partners, parents, and unmarried, financially dependent children (including stepchildren and adopted children) of any age who are not gainfully occupied.


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