Living in Mauritius
Mauritius is a country highly ranked for democracy, and for its economic and political freedom. This is an amazing nation with multiethnic and multicultural people of which, most Mauritians can speak French, Mauritian Creole, English, and Asian languages. Mauritius is viewed highly in terms of its governance, economic competitiveness, and friendly investment climate.
Non-citizens planning on working in Mauritius are required to secure a work permit. Work and residence permits, which may be applied for simultaneously, should be obtained prior travelling to the country. Foreigners holding tourist visas are prohibited from engaging in income-generating activities; they are not allowed to apply for work permits on their behalf. Work permits are granted for a maximum of four years, renewable for another four years or longer. Those who would stay in Mauritius for a period exceeding five years are mandated to swear an affidavit that they will not apply for Mauritian citizenship. Foreigners married to Mauritians are not required to secure a work permit.
Employers wishing to hire foreigners in bulk must request for permission from the Ministry. Requests are normally granted where a ratio of three Mauritians to one foreign worker is satisfied. Once the request is granted, the recruiting company may submit the documents enumerated in the Ministry’s website: http://empment.labour.gov.mu. Workers from Bangladesh and China are asked to provide additional requirements.
Expats must travel to Mauritius within 6 months from the date of issue, otherwise the work permit will be cancelled. The processing fee, which is paid by the hiring company, is for Rs700 for each applicant. If the payment is not made within 30 days, the decision to grant work permit will be withdrawn immediately. A duplicate permit may be requested for Rs700.
The major employers in the country, aside from the public sector, include telecom company Emtel, Mauritius Telecom, Essar Energy, Phoenix Beverages and the Harel Mallac Group. A number of top multinational companies also have presence across Mauritius. These firms include Barclays, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, IBM, HP, Hilton Resort, Ford and Chevrolet.
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