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Mauritius amends immigration laws, increases occupation permit fees

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Mauritius amends immigration laws, increases occupation permit fees

Mauritius has raised the fees for immigration applications filed in the country. The new fees are effective immediately and are now in U.S. dollars.

The new fees are as follows:

  • Family Occupation Permit – USD 1,000 and USD 400 for dependents;
  • Occupation permit (investor or self-employed person) – USD 1,000;
  • Occupation Permit for professionals employed for two years, two to three years, three to five years and five to 10 years – USD 400, USD 500, USD 800, USD 800 and USD 1,000, respectively;
  • Short-Term Occupation Permit with a validity of nine months or from nine months to three years – USD 300 and USD 150, respectively;
  • Permanent residence for investors, professionals and their dependents – USD 3,000 and USD 2,000, respectively. 

Meanwhile, media reports have it that a restructuring is underway at the Mauritian immigration services following the enactment of the Immigration Act 2022 .

This law gives more powers to the officer-in-charge of the Passport and Immigration Office and its executives to investigate into marriages between Mauritians and foreign nationals.

Before the promulgation of the Immigration Act 2022, any foreign national married to a Mauritian was eligible for a temporary residence permit.

After two years in Mauritius, the foreigner was able to apply for a permanent residence permit. This is no longer the case.

From now on, immigration officials will conduct an in-depth investigation before granting the permit.

Any foreigner who wants to marry a Mauritian must swear an affidavit stating he/she is not married and that it is not a “marriage of convenience.”

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