Services for Expatriates
Migrating is an act of bravery and courage. Every foreigner, whether newly arrived in Portugal or not, has a list of activities and arrangements necessary for the exercise of his or her civil and political life. The demands usually start with the Tax Identification Number (NIF), opening a bank account, renting/leasing a property or acquiring a property, driving permission, social security registration (NISS), formalizing your own residence and that of your family members, enrolling your children in school, enrolling them in a health center and/or contracting private health insurance, looking for a job or forms of entrepreneurship, resolving the tax situation, recognition of education obtained abroad, and other situations such as adapting to the place, the climate, culture, and language.
With so many demands to solve, many people anticipate and start a migration planning phase, even before submitting a visa application or coming to Portugal. It is very common and really recommended to do this either for foreigners who will still apply for a visa or for people who have Portuguese or European Union nationality.
Many of the steps mentioned above can be dealt with prior to arrival in Portuguese territory, making your migratory experience uncomplicated.