Hi, I haven’t been able to apply for NIF - need advice please from someone with recent experience with this.
Apparently all foreign citizens, including EU/EEA, now must (?) apply through the online platform eportugal - e-Balcão with a tax representative, however three different people who have tried to log in to be my tax representative have all received a message saying they ‘do not have permission to apply for NIF for someone else’ (they are all Portuguese citizens and residents, one an accountant who regularly uses the system for other functions). So I’m not sure what’s happening and how to get around this.
I’ve tried to email my passport/address directly to a finanças and apply that way, but the response was that all foreign citizens must now apply through the online portal. I could email other offices and hope to have more luck?
My tax representative called the helpline and was told to make an in-person appointment under their name (for a different matter), and then on the day to bring me along and ask to apply for a NIF for me. However this could work or not, depending on who assists us on the day. Moreover, the first available appointment in all of Porto area is only in one month. So I could be waiting all this time and still be refused on the day.
Advice please from someone with recent experience of this?