3.1 When UK citizens become third-country nationals will they need permission to work?
Yes, unless they can rely on an exemption such as:
- family members of an EU national or a non-EU national who has authorisation to work (subject to conditions);
- holders of a permanent Greek residence permit (individuals who have stayed in Greece for five years continuously)
3.2 If permission to work is needed do any quotas apply for employing third-country nationals?
Quotas are established in a joint ministerial decision issued by the Ministers for the Interior, Foreign Affairs, Development & Competitiveness, Shipping & The Aegean, Labour, Social Security & Welfare.
This decision is issued during the last quarter of every other year and determines the maximum number of paid employment posts offered to third-country nationals per region and speciality.
3.3 If permission to work is needed, as of when will it be needed?
The legislation adopted on 26 March provides for the issuance of a subsequent ministerial decision, which will regulate the work permits. There are no other instructions or regulations with regard to work permits.
3.4 If permission to work is needed, what are the most common categories?
In Greece (current status of the law) with regard to the residence permit for employment and business purposes:
- paid employment or provision of services or work;
- special purpose employees (individuals whose intention is to work in Greece in fields relevant to the public interest, culture, sports and the national economy. This category can include, for example, executives and officials of companies with activities in Greece subject to conditions, press correspondents, foreign athletes and others);
- investment activity;
- highly qualified employment (Blue Card).
With regard to temporary residence, the following categories exist:
- seasonal employment;
- members of artistic groups;
- third-country nationals who move from undertakings established in EU or EEA Member States with the purpose of providing services;
- third-country nationals who move from undertakings established in third countries for the purpose of providing services;
- tour leaders;
- third-country nationals who are tertiary education students participating in traineeship programmes;
3.5 If permission to work or stay is needed, how long does the procedure take?
Greek legislation provides for a three-month period for the issuance of the permits.
However this period is not currently observed by the Greek authorities due to the current high volume of immigrants and refugees entering the country.
The problem is also dealt with in the following way:
By submitting an application for a permit, the administration provides the applicant with a temporary statement that the applicant can lawfully stay and work in Greece until his or her permit is definitively issued.
This temporary statement is valid until the authorities issue a final decision.
3.6 If permission to work or stay is needed, what Government fees would be due for this permission?
The costs differ depending on the category.
For example, for investment activity the fee is between EUR 500 and EUR 2,000.
For dependent workers the fee is EUR 150.