Since the beginning of 2020, it is easier to enroll for Social Security. Still, you can only do it if you are working for a Portuguese company, if you are enrolled as a freelancer/independent contractor in Portugal or if you have a company here.
The payment for Social Security is mandatory, but in some cases (freelancers/ independent contractors), the first year may be exempted.
If that is your case, there is no longer the need to wait hours in endless lines and then months to get the NISS (social security number). Now there are specific places where you can apply for your NISS and receive it immediately.
Check below the list of offices where you can get the NISS immediately:
Please do not confuse the NISS with the enrolment for the public health system.
The NISS allows you to pay for social security in Portugal, contribute for your pension and grants you the right of having a paid sick leave. The public health system allows you to have access to public hospitals, local health centers and discounts on medication.