In this section, we are ready to consider how to get a NIF in Portugal. The activities you are to complete will look different depending on whether you are a resident of Portugal or not.
We will start with the first case (when you belong to the category of non-residents). The first thing to take into consideration here is as follows: you have a chance to get NIF even if you are not in Portugal right now. But NIF you are about to obtain will not be permanent at the beginning. Besides, you will have to ask a lawyer or a representative to help you with this. You will become the owner of the constant NIF in several months or when you become a permanent Portuguese resident.
In case you are a resident, you have more options. Here they are:
- Hiring a lawyer or a representative who will be dealing with your papers and completing all the work for you;
- Visiting a local tax office near you.
Pay attention that businesses can apply for NIF online! Let’s see what exactly you will have to do before you visit the office (or your representative will do it).
The first and foremost step is getting all papers ready. It is going to be reasonable to begin with your ID. If you have made a decision to collaborate with a lawyer, make sure you have taken care of its scanned copy. In case you do not belong to the citizens of the EU, EEA, or Sweden, you will have to present a passport. For the residents of the EU, EEA, and Sweden an identity card can be an alternative to a passport.
One more document to prepare is proof of residency. This can be done in various ways, and they are enclosing a utility bill, a rental contract, and others (this works for those who currently dwell in Portugal). If you request NIF while living in another country, just send the document to the person who represents you and will do all the necessary work. By the way, the papers have to be signed by an attorney and be in Portuguese too. You’d better use the services of a professional translator to do this. Do not forget that you also have to enclose a bank statement that is not older than three months.
When you have collected the documents (or got them ready if someone will do the rest of the actions for you), it’s time to visit a government office. Just google where the closest one is located and head there. Make sure you have all the papers we have listed with you.
Once the official representatives get all the docs and approve everything, you will receive your NIF. As you see it is not too hard. However, there is a way to make the process even easier and we will tell you about it in one of the further sections of the article.