Work Authorisation in Mauritius
Foreign nationals who wish to work in Mauritius require an Occupation Permit, or at least a Work Permit.
These permits are legally required for foreign nationals to be employed in Mauritius and to ensure that they meet the necessary qualifications and requirements for the role.
Work Permits are typically issued for a shorter period of time (typically the duration of the employment contract) and do not automatically grant the holder the right to live in Mauritius.
Holders of Work Permits must apply for a separate Residence Permit in order to live in the country.
Occupation Permits are combined work and residence permits that allow the holder to live and work in Mauritius for a period of up to 10 years. Occupation Permits are available to investors, professionals, and self-employed workers.
Why do you need a Work or Occupation Permit?
Legally speaking, foreign nationals require a Work Permit or Occupation Permit to be employed in Mauritius. These are considered “Work Visas” in Mauritius.
They exist as the Mauritian government wants to ensure that foreign nationals are qualified for the roles they are employed in and that they are not taking jobs away from Mauritian citizens.
Work and Occupation Permits also help to protect the rights of foreign workers in Mauritius.
For example, foreign workers with a valid Work or Occupation Permit are entitled to the same minimum wage and working conditions as Mauritian citizens.
Which Work or Occupation Permit is right for you?
The type of Work or Occupation Permit you need will depend on your individual circumstances. If you have a job offer from a Mauritian company or institution, you will need to apply for a Work Permit. If you are an investor, professional, or self-employed worker, you may be eligible for an Occupation Permit.
If you are unsure which type of Work or Occupation Permit you need, you should click the button below for a case assessment.