Independence Allowance - Rs 20,000
Following the announcement made in the Budget Speech 2023/2024, a one-off allowance of Rs 20,000 will be paid by the Government of the Republic of Mauritius to eligible youths who have attained the age of 18 years on or after 01 January 2023.
The MRA has been entrusted with the responsibility to pay the Independence Allowance.
In order to benefit from the allowance, an application should be submitted electronically to the MRA and should include the National Identity Card number of the eligible youth.
Eligibility for Independence Allowance
An ‘eligible youth’ is an individual who -
is a citizen of Mauritius;
is resident in Mauritius in accordance with Section 73(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act; and
has attained the age of 18 years on or after 1 January 2023.
Method of application
To enable the MRA to effect payment of the Independence Allowance, an applicant, is requested to submit a one-time application and provide the bank account details held solely in the name of the eligible youth or the bank account details held jointly by the eligible youth and his mother, father or the person to whom a Court of competent jurisdiction has entrusted the guardianship of the youth.
On providing the required information, a one-time password (OTP) will be sent on the mobile phone number provided and the OTP will have to be entered in order to proceed with the application.
Time frame to make an application
For youths who have attained the age of 18 years between 01 January and 20 July 2023, the deadline to submit their application is 20 October 2023.
For those who have attained the age of 18 years after 20 July 2023, they are required to submit their application within a period of 3 months from the date they attain the age of 18 years.
Pre-requisite (please read this section carefully before submitting your application)
An applicant must ensure that he has the following at hand:
His National Identification Card (NIC);
His mobile phone;
The National Identification Card Number of the eligible youth; and
Bank account details of the eligible youth in his name or held jointly by him and his mother, father or his legal guardian.
Conditions for an individual to be resident in Mauritius
As per the Income Tax Act 1995, an individual is resident in Mauritius when he -
has his domicile in Mauritius unless his permanent place of abode is outside Mauritius;
has been present in Mauritius in that income year, for a period of, or an aggregate period of, 183 days or more; or
has been present in Mauritius in that income year and the 2 preceding income years, for an aggregate period of 270 days or more.
Eligible Youths with disabilities
Eligible Youths with disabilities, who are unable to open a bank account in their own name or jointly with another person, are requested to submit the one-time application by selecting Bank Account held jointly with Legal Guardian and providing the bank account details of the person who will act as guardian.
General information before making an application:
Applicant is recommended to use a recent version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as browser to file the application.
Kindly note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to make a correct and complete application.
Please ensure that you provide the name of the declarant, email address and telephone number as they will be used by MRA to communicate with you.
MRA Help Desk service on 207 6000 is also available during office hours from 08 45 to 16 30 on working days to assist applicants.