3.1 When UK citizens become third-country nationals will they need permission to work?
No, provided UK nationals will meet the conditions for EU member state nationals to reside in Slovakia for a period longer than three months (e.g. study, employment, business) from the date of withdrawal of UK from EU.
Other UK nationals, not meeting the above conditions as of the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will need a work permit and a residence permit under the same conditions as other third-country nationals.
3.2 If permission to work is needed do any quotas apply for employing third-country nationals?
There is no general quota, however, there is one limitation for jobs where there is a lack of workers, where a new accelerated process in applying for permits applies (effective from 1 January 2019). In this case,employment of a third-country national is allowed only if less than 30% of the specific employer’s workforce is third-country nationals).
3.3 If permission to work is needed, as of when will it be needed?
Permission to work will be needed for UK nationals coming to work in Slovakia following the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
3.4 If permission to work is needed, what are the most common categories?
According to statistics from the Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, the most common categories are:
- operators of machinery and equipment;
- qualified workers and craftsmen;
- highly skilled employees and specialists.
3.5 If permission to work or stay is needed, how long does the procedure take?
Processing time varies since it depends on several factors such as type of work (qualified, seasonal) or the legal status of worker (e.g. legal residence of his or her relatives in Slovakia).
Qualified or seasonal work
The employer must announce a job vacancy to the Slovak Labour Office 15 days prior to submission of an application for a temporary residence permit by the third-country national.
The employer must announce a job vacancy to the Slovak Labour Office 20 days prior to submission of an application for a temporary residence permit by the third-country national.
The relevant police department decides on the application within 90 days from its submission (or within 30 days in specific cases).
The procedure may take between one and six months, as the procedure is complicated and usually the statutory period is extended because all the requested documentation has not been provided, or because it is incomplete and requires completion.
3.6 If permission to work or stay is needed, what Government fees would be due for this permission?
Temporary residence for the purpose of employment – EUR 165.50 / EUR 170
Temporary residence for the purpose of seasonal employment – EUR 33 / EUR 35
Request for a European Union Blue Card – EUR 165.50 / EUR 170