I am an American, southern born and raised. (You’ll catch on to that soon with my constant use of ‘y’all’ lol) I currently live on the Gulf Coast but am planning to move to the Algarve region of Portugal on October 1.
I’ve begun the process of gathering the documents needed for the Portuguese consulate in D.C. Since I live farther than 150 miles from D.C. I will be sending everything by mail. I’m hoping there are individuals here who have done so and might be able to offer advice.
I have found a place to lease long term but cannot sign the contract until I have an NIF. I contacted one attorney I found online but his fee was nearly $500 for this service. I’ve read in another forum that there are many greedy solicitors charging unwitting Americans outrageous sums to get them a temporary NIF and that anything much in excess of $100 is too much.
I’m hoping to receive advice and recommendations from members of this forum regarding who I might contact for the purpose of getting me an NIF.
On a positive note, I went to IdenToGo, a subsidiary of Almedia, and an approved FBI channeler last Thursday to get fingerprinted. My clearance letter from the FBI arrived in my email box less than 18 hours later. Needless to say, that was the best $50 I’ve ever spent.
Well, that’s about all for now. I look forward to learning more about the members here as well as the process of obtaining a residency visa in Portugal through the DC embassy. I know there is much beyond that stage, but once I get to Portugal, I feel that will be easier to navigate the steps than this initial phase. I hope so, anyway.