A person automatically becomes a citizen of Mauritius either by birth (duh!) or by descent, that is if their parents are citizens of Mauritius by birth. Yet, did you know that you could also obtain your Mauritian citizenship under other conditions? Let us explore that into more details!
The Commonwealth Citizens
According to the Mauritius Citizenship Act, a Commonwealth citizen may be registered as a citizen of Mauritius if he/she has resided in Mauritius for a continuous period of 5 years or such shorter period not being less than 12 months. Applications shall be submitted to the Secretary for Home Affairs.
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Under section 9(3) of the Mauritius Citizenship Act, an investor may be naturalized as a citizen of Mauritius if he/she has invested a sum of not less than 500,000 US dollars in Mauritius and if he/she has resided in Mauritius for a continuous period of not less than 2 years preceding the date of application. The same application forms shall be submitted to the Secretary of Home Affairs.
Questions about adoption?
If you’re planning an adoption, here is what you need to know to obtain the citizenship for your child. Mauritius Citizenship Act provides that a minor who is not a citizen of Mauritius shall become a Citizen of Mauritius if he/she has been adopted by a Mauritian, or in case of a joint adoption, (as a couple), the male adopter must be a citizen of Mauritius.
For the child to obtain a Certificate of Nationality, the process of adoption must be legally effectuated in Mauritius. The Certificate of Mauritian Nationality issued by the Prime Minister’s Office will then act as a conclusive evidence that the minor child is a citizen of Mauritius as from the date of adoption.
Renunciation and resumption of Mauritian Citizenship
A citizen of Mauritius who is also a national of a foreign country may renounce his/her citizenship. The Minister shall cause the renunciation to be registered and that person shall cease to be a citizen of Mauritius as from the date of the registration. The declaration may be made either in Mauritius, in the presence of a Judge or the Master and Registrar of the Supreme Court or a District Magistrate or in any other place, in the presence of a representative of a Consulate of Mauritius.
A person of full age and capacity, who has ceased to be a citizen of Mauritius upon his marriage or upon making a declaration of renunciation of Mauritius citizenship, may resume his Mauritius citizenship and be registered as a citizen of Mauritius if he/she satisfies the following conditions;
His/her marriage has been dissolved or he/she has been separated from his/her spouse or his/her spouse has died.
He/she intends to reside in Mauritius
And yes, the application for resumption shall be submitted to the Secretary of Home Affairs.
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