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NISS Social security Number Request

  Security Number  

A NISS (Social Security Identification Number) is crucial for accessing social security benefits and fulfilling associated rights and obligations.

In Portugal, the Social Security Identification Number (NISS) is typically applicable to individuals who contribute to or are beneficiaries of the social security system. This includes Portuguese nationals and foreign residents who engage in employment or economic activities in the country. Foreign nationals, especially those who work or reside in Portugal, may need to apply for a NISS to ensure proper coverage under the social security system.

In essence, requesting your NISS online is easy but it's important to know that, when issued, your NISS will need to be picked up in person from a social security service.


Our service gives you the option to pick it up yourself or pay an additional fee to have us pick it up for you. 


What's required?

You'll just need to provide the following:

  •  basic personal information such as full name, date of birth, address, full name of both of your parents, your address, etc.

  • ID document such as a copy of your passport, Portuguese residence permit, work visa or EU ID citizen's card.



What's the process like?

After you place your order you'll receive an email from us with a form for you to fill and instructions on how to upload a copy of your ID document. 

We'll then request your NISS and, once issued, the Social Security Services will email you to let you know.

If you chose the option to pick up your NISS yourself, this is where your service ends and you'll need to follow the instructions on the email.

If you purchased our service including the pick up of your NISS, you'll need to forward the Social Secutiry email to us. Once we have your NISS, we'll email you a scanned copy and post it to your preferred address.



How long does it take?

The issuance of a NISS may take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. However, it's important to emphasize that the processing time primarily relies on the Social Security office. Instances have been reported where individuals experienced delays of over a month in obtaining their NISS. Therefore, it is advisable to anticipate the longest possible scenario, which could extend beyond four weeks. 


Request your Portuguese Social Security number remotely and efficiently.


Please be aware that the process can only commence upon receipt of all necessary documents/information. The timeframe is calculated exclusively on working days, excluding weekends, official Portuguese holidays, strikes, and any other technical errors from the relevant entities (social security, tax office, post office, etc)

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