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Being fellow South Africans, we know how you feel. You love your country, but the future can be described as uncertain at best. We share the sentiment, and over the past 10 years, members of our team have lived, attempted to live and explored options of emigrating and gaining residency in over 6 countries. I personally) lived in the U.S.A for over a year, an amazing experience, but ultimately came to realise that gaining permanent residency is very expensive and extremely difficult. Canada, often a viable option for South Africans, but adjusting to the weather can be rather challenging and you are, at best, over a 20 hour flight away from South Africa. Couple that with the time difference, makes communicating with loved ones back a home a logistical nightmare and Canada starts to slowly lose its appeal. Then there was the five years spent in the United Kingdom) While this was time well spent, it did require a work visa, which has (now) become increasingly harder to obtain and. Which brings us to New Zealand and Australia, often high up on the list of many South Africans, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, over the past few years, the governments of these two countries have introduced much stricter immigration policies. Emigration to these countries is conducted on a point's based system and over the past two years these two countries have significantly raised their minimum points requirements. If you are one of the lucky ones who meet the requirements, you still have to contend with a 9-12 hour time change, as well as lengthy flights to reach it, thus making a move to one of these two countries a big decision which feels permanent.
Without question the countries listed above all are great options, at the same time however, all have rather serious logistical roadblocks that can deter emigration. The problem our team has found, which we we’re sure others share, is that, we love our home country and if it were up to, we wouldn’t even be considering emigrating. However, with the uncertainty of South Africa’s future and the continually devaluing currency, we often feel that we have no option but to leave.
This brings us to now, at our desks in Mauritius). It’s been over 5 years now and time certainly has flown. When we first moved here, Mauritius offered a solution of gaining foreign residency without the daunting feeling of it being a permanent move that wasn’t reversible. It is only a two hour time difference with South Africa, which makes sharing special moments easy without having to plan a time to call. Johannesburg is only a three and a half hour flight, and Cape Town is just under 5 hours. In fact Plettenberg Bay is further away for Capetonians! In our experience, Mauritius, although probably not on many South African’s lists, ticks more boxes than many other countries. This paradise island boasts a stable economy, low crime rate, a booming financial sector, a favourable tax environment, and world class schooling. These factors make Mauritius an excellent option – an option that is right on your doorstep. The best part of all of this? Gaining residency is affordable and therefore a viable option for many. Contact us today to find out how we can assist you on this journey
All the best,
The Retire to Mauritius Team