The Portuguese NIF has become one of the first steps to getting a residency visa to move to and live in Portugal. This rule change happened in quarter 4 of 2020 and could be here to stay. The problem that people truly have is that there are travel restrictions, which limit travel to Portugal if you’re not legally allowed to live in Europe.
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The old process was that people didn’t need a NIF to apply for their residency visa. However, now, you need a NIF and a funded bank account for your visa application. You also used to be able to just go into a Finanças office, take a number, sit down, wait, and eventually get your NIF number on the same day.
It’s just not possible to do that right now and it’s not practical either. So Kathleen Lo and her husband Richard, Americans from California, understand how frustrating this can be. They came up with the most streamline solution for people possible, Bordr.
Bordr is a company that helps people get a NIF by filling out the same information that you’d need to do in-person at a Finanças office as well as showing your passport, and they’ll take your information to the Portuguese government’s digital platform to apply for your NIF on your behalf and in about 1-3 weeks depending on volume, you’ll have a NIF.
In this video interview, Kathleen explains:
What is a NIF?
Why is a NIF important?
What is Bordr?
How can Americans get a NIF?
How long does the process take?
How much does it cost?
What is Bordr trying to do to grow to help serve the expat community better?
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