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Employing foreign talents

Foreign talents can add a new dimension to your business. Mauritius is open to foreign talents and it offers huge scope to qualified and experienced professionals who are eager to avail themselves of the many opportunities offered by a booming country within the Indian Ocean region.

To attract foreign talents, the government has liberalized and streamlined immigration policies. Employers can thus apply for necessary work visas for their foreign professionals through 2 distinct channels.

Occupation Permit
This combined work and residence permit allows a certain category of professionals respecting prescribed criteria to work and live in the country for the duration of their contact or for a period not exceeding 3 years. The permit may be renewed after 3 years.

Criteria: Basic salary should exceed MRU 45,000 monthly. However, in the ICT sector, the basic salary should exceed MRU 30, 000 monthly.

The professional should come in person and accompanied by his employer(s) to submit his application. Occupation Permits are delivered within 1 week following the submission of the application duly filled in.  An Occupation Permit  holder’s dependents, for instance spouse or common law partner and children under 24 years old, are eligible to apply for a residence permit.

For further information on the application procedures, please consult the guidelines.

Work permit through the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training
Professionals not qualifying for the Occupation Permit can apply for a Work Permit through the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment. The employer should apply for a work and residence permit on behalf of the foreign employee prior to his travelling to Mauritius.

Further information about  applying for a work permit may be consulted from the website of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training.