Introducing the Permanent Residence Permit (PRP) program in Mauritius. Designed specifically for expatriates, the PRP program lets you live and work in Mauritius, potentially transforming it into your second home. The permit is valid for 20 years and is available to various categories of people, including investors, retirees, professionals, self-employed individuals, and their families. Plus, it can be renewed for another 20 years, as long as you meet certain residency conditions.
Let’s dig into the key features of this program. To qualify, you need to have been a resident for at least 3 years. The permit, once obtained, is valid for 20 years and can be renewed thereafter. Please note, the applicable fees were revised on 11th July 2022.
The eligibility criteria are different for each category:
- Investors: You must either have an annual gross income of at least MUR 15 million for three consecutive years before applying for the PRP or a combined turnover of MUR 45 million across any three consecutive years before applying.
- Retired Non-Citizens: You need to transfer at least USD 54,000 or its equivalent in a freely convertible foreign currency during the three years before you apply for permanent residency.
- Professionals: You must have received a minimum monthly basic salary of MUR 150,000 for three years straight before applying for the permit.
- Self-Employed Individuals: You should have an annual business income of at least MUR 3 million for three consecutive years before your application.
Remember that if you’re a non-citizen holding an Occupation Permit (OP) or a Residence Permit (RP) for at least 3 years, with your permit valid on 1 September 2020, you qualify for a 20-year PRP under the existing OP/RP renewal criteria.
Mauritius immigration policies are also very family-friendly. The PRP program extends eligibility to your dependents, which includes your spouse or common-law partner, children, and parents.
Filing your application for an Occupation Permit or a Residence Permit as a Retiree on the National E-Licensing System (NELS) doesn’t cost anything. Furthermore, the Economic Development Board doesn’t charge any processing fees for these permits. Once approved, the successful applicants only need to pay the official permit fees set out by the Government of Mauritius.
So, if you’re considering making Mauritius your second home, the PRP program might just be your ticket!