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Frequently Asked Questions

NIF Basics

What is the purpose of obtaining a NIF?

A NIF is essential for various official transactions in Portugal. Here are some examples:

  1. Opening a bank account

  2. Renting property long-term

  3. Buying or selling property

  4. Setting up utilities (water, gas, electricity)

  5. Signing a mobile phone contract

  6. Applying for a mortgage or other forms of credit

  7. Enrolling in a school

  8. Getting hired in Portugal and receiving your salary

  9. Receiving social security payments and other benefits in Portugal

  10. Filing and paying taxes in Portugal

  11. Buying a car

  12. Applying for a driver’s license

  13. Inheriting Portuguese assets

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