NIF Application in Portugal

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He is excellent at what he does, I really appreciated the opportunity of remote services. He gave answers to all my questions and helped to solve my problem.
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Patricija Paula Gravele
01 Apr 2022

Service Details

NIF Application

This service is available across Portugal

Who Is This Service For?

  • Applying for a NIF in Portugal (Número de Identificação Fiscal) is a necessary step for residents, non-residents, and companies engaging in financial activities within the country. 
  • The process to obtain a NIF varies depending on your residency status and whether you are an EU/EEA citizen or from a third country. Here's a comprehensive guide tailored for expats seeking to apply for a NIF in Portugal:
  • This service is designed for expats moving to Portugal, non-residents who own property or conduct business in Portugal, and individuals seeking to open a bank account or carry out other financial transactions within the country.
Who Is This Service For?


  • For EU/EEA Citizens: Civil identity document or passport, proof of address in current country, and, for minors, proof of birth.
  • For Third-Country Nationals: Passport, proof of address in current country, residence permit (if residing in Portugal), a legally appointed fiscal representative residing in Portugal for non-residents, and, for minors, proof of birth.

Procedure: Our Approach

  1. Initial Consultation and Document Review:
    1. We begin with a thorough consultation to understand your specific needs and circumstances, whether you're an EU/EEA citizen, a third-country national, or a non-resident.
    2. Our team will review the necessary documents you need to gather, such as official photo ID (e.g., passport for non-EU citizens or a civil identity document for EU/EEA citizens), proof of address (e.g., utility bills or bank statements), and, if applicable, proof of birth for minors.
  2. Choosing the Right Application Method:
    1. Online Application: We guide you through the online application process via the Portal das Finanças, assisting with any language barriers and ensuring all information is correctly submitted. This method is particularly suitable for those applying from abroad and requires the assistance of a tax representative in Portugal.
    2. Through a Lawyer or Specialist Company: For those who prefer a hands-off approach, we offer services to handle the NIF application on your behalf. This is ideal for clients who are not fluent in Portuguese or are unfamiliar with the Portuguese bureaucratic process. We vet our partners carefully to ensure you receive reliable and efficient service.
    3. In-Person at Local Tax Authorities: If you're already in Portugal, we can arrange for an in-person application at the local tax authorities. Our team will prepare you for the appointment, ensuring you have all the necessary documents and advising on the best times to visit to minimize waiting times.
  3. Application Submission and Follow-Up:
    1. After selecting the most suitable application method, we'll assist you in submitting your application. For online and lawyer-assisted applications, we ensure that all documents are submitted correctly and liaise with the tax authorities or our partners on your behalf.
    2. For in-person applications, we provide detailed guidance on the process, from scheduling an appointment (if necessary) to navigating the tax office visit.
  4. Receiving Your Portugal NIF Number:
    1. Once your application is submitted, we monitor its progress and keep you updated. The timeline for receiving your NIF can vary, from instant issuance at a tax office to a few days for online applications.
    2. We ensure that you receive your NIF number and any accompanying documents, such as a confirmation letter or the A4 sheet with your NIF details, and advise on how to use your NIF for future transactions and registrations in Portugal
Procedure: Our Approach

Benefits - Why Choose Our Service

  • Expert Guidance: Our team provides step-by-step assistance, ensuring a smooth and efficient application process.
  • Convenience: Avoid the complexities and language barriers of applying on your own.
  • Time-Saving: Our online and in-person assistance options expedite the acquisition of your NIF.
Benefits - Why Choose Our Service

Key Features of this Service

  • Tailored Assistance: Whether you're an EU/EEA citizen or a third-country national, we offer guidance specific to your situation.
  • Comprehensive Support: From gathering the necessary documents to submitting your application, we cover every step.
  • Flexible Application Methods: Choose from online, in-person, or through a representative, based on your preferences and circumstances.
Key Features of this Service

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
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