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Moving to Mauritius questions

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Moving to Mauritius questions

Beitragvon Czarina » So Jun 03, 2007 21:17

Hi!

I'm planning to move to Mauritius with my husband for a year or so. He's doing coding work for an internet company and can do his job from Mauritius as well. He earns around 2800 usd a month. What options do we have with the residence permits? There's the residence permit for retired non-citizens but is it required to transfer the required 40,000 usd to mauritius bank account right away or is it checked annually? Because my husband is on monthly salary and the money would come in...well monthly :) The company my husband is working for is not located at Mauritius.

What is the price range of long term rental homes? We have around 25,000 rupees to spend on a monthly rent, what kind of house can we expect with that sum?

Is there any professional help for hire on Mauritius who specialize in immigration? helping with the paperwork, finding a rental home ect. We speak fluent english, but not a word of french so any help would certainly come in handy.

Thank you!

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Beitragvon mempep » Di Jun 05, 2007 11:44

Czarina

I got papers from Mauritius Immigration (First Schedule Reg 3) & list of documents when I was there last year. They required and I quote
"Documentary evidence of latest financial means for the upkeep of oneself and that of his family (which should include bank statement, payslip, pension slip, etc)"

Based on this and what I have read I understand the income is not needed to be a lump sum but a regular source for retired people with overseas income coming in. You might also qualify if you set up a business in Mauritius and have income earning of a particular minimum from my readings but I can't tell you the precise details. You'll likely find them on the following site somewhere :
http://www.gov.mu/

I am unsure of anyone specialising in this area in Mauritius but the man at Immigration was very helpful to me. Your nearest Mauritian Embassy or Consulate might also be able to help.

I have just returned from Mauritius and you should find reasonable accommodation for 25,000MR per month. The quality will depend on where you stay. I saw some good accommodation in Beau Bassin (fully furnished near Balfour Gardens) for 18,500MR/mth - this is a "town" just south and up from Port Louis not far from Ebene (Cyber City). I also saw some in the north around Trou aux Biches ranging from 15,000MR to 25,000MR and these varied greatly in quality of accommodation and furnishing.

There are estate agents also that deal in rentals & they normally charge 1 months rental for their service.

When are you planning on going ? Depending on when you intend to go and where you choose to stay I may be able to put you in touch with someone on the accommodation side.
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Beitragvon Czarina » Di Jun 05, 2007 16:01

Mempep, thank you for replying. We have 15,000 usd savings which would be transferred to a mauritian bank account and at least 2000 usd coming in montly. The employment contract and payslips will probably be adequate evidence.

We won't be moving until next summer, so there's no hurry yet :) We just want to be sure we even have a chance settling down there or do we have to consider other countries. We were in Mauritius last summer and loved it, so it's our number one choice. What comes to the apartmet I'm sure everything will turn out fine when we get there, i'm just worried about the legal work. We come a long way and with two cats, so it would be very unfortunate if after all the trouble they turned us back.

One thing i'm not clear on is the required bank guarantee. What does it mean? Do we need to make somekind of deposit of the required sum or what? How easy it is to open an account in mauritian bank? We don't have any branches of the local banks here in Finland, so the account would have to be opened there.

Do you have any information regarding the importation of pets? I'm mainly worried about the quarantine...our cats are purebred neutered indoor cats with all the vaccinations and even pedigrees proving their parents are healthy, so is there any chance they could get in without or with minimum quarantine? Or is it mandatory for all imported animals?

Thanks again for replying :)
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Beitragvon mempep » Sa Jun 09, 2007 5:36

Sorry I don't know about pets.

With bank accounts as a non citizen I found MCB the most helpful bank, and they have internet banking so you can manage your finances from anywhere. Barclays were the most unhelpful I've come across though some of the locals were recommending them. State Bank kept asking for more things and finally insisted I needed a work permit and my wife change her surname to mine otherwise they couldn't open an account. Trying to explain that nowadays wives don't always take their husbands surnames met with looks of disbelief and they couldn't grasp the idea that I didn't need a work permit in Mauritius as I wasn't working there seemed a foreign concept. MCB on the other hand were great and have been ever since they opened my account.

If you need to research further I'd start contacting the govt departments and try to get written responses and appropriate forms. Some of the departments work very slowly and while there are helpful people in most of them things take time.
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Beitragvon Nix » Mi Jun 13, 2007 17:17

Hi

I just went through the process of getting my occupational permit and opening a bank account last week. My company is in mauritius so it is a bit different for me but we used a company that organised all of our permit stuff. They are called IFS. http://www.ifsmauritius.com/ They were very helpfull. I would really recommend using them. Their number is (230) 467 3000

Banking.....that was quite an issue. I oppened an account with HSBC. What you need is:

Reference letter from your bank
Work permit
Residence permit
Proof of address
Passport
And work contract

All originals. I don't know how it will work for you as your company is not in mauritius. But that is what I needed.

Concerning the housing....my budet was also Rs25000. And I want to live in flic en flac or tamarin. All of the agents told me that this was very low and there is not much available. Most places we went to were apartments or duplexes/triplexes. They were all fully furnished and most with ac.

Hope this helps
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Beitragvon JoKi » Do Jun 14, 2007 8:22

Hi,

Nix hat geschrieben:Banking.....that was quite an issue. I oppened an account with HSBC. What you need is:

Reference letter from your bank
Work permit
Residence permit
Proof of address
Passport
And work contract

All originals. I don't know how it will work for you as your company is not in mauritius. But that is what I needed.


I was in the same situation in begin of March and started my account at Barclays (Ebene Branch). Actually, it wasn't a big deal. As stated above I needed the following documents only:

Occupation permit
Work contract
Passport
Proof of address

Concerning the housing....my budet was also Rs25000. And I want to live in flic en flac or tamarin. All of the agents told me that this was very low and there is not much available.


I live at FeF w/ that budget and actually it's not a real problem to get similar accommodations at this price. At least I know two other residents in FeF that pay less then 25.000 Rs each month for their fully furnished house/appartment. Maybe you should try w/o an agent?

One of the best options is to take two days off, drive thru FeF and call the phone numbers and/or leave notes at the locations you're interested in. Ask directly for long term rent and you'll get your new home very quick.


Sincerely, JoKi
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Beitragvon ud » Do Jun 14, 2007 15:29

Hello,

My advice to you is to book a temporary place to stay when you arrive for atleast one week while you take a look and compare the actual properties you were loooking at. Housing is not something you can just resolve online.

If you used an agent it would be safer and you will expect more professionalism from them instead of a private property renter/seller.

Best of luck

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