Work permit for Non EU citizens in Portugal

Good day

I have been applying for work in Portugal and from my research, if an expat manages to find a job offer, the hiring company starts the process by applying to the Portuguese Labour Authorities for the work permit with a copy of the contract. Once completed, the expat applicant must apply for a Portuguese work permit at their local Portuguese Embassy.

However, I recently got called by a company in Portugal for a job I had applied for and they disqualified my application on the basis that they are not able to make an offer or provide a contract unless I already hold all the relevant papers. They then continued to say that I could apply for the papers myself.

Which was confusing to me as I assumed they would need to provide me with an employment contract so that I could obtain the relevant papers?

Can someone please advise as to what the "relevant papers" are and how the process works? Do I need to obtain these documents or does the company offering me a job have to apply?

Thanking you in advance


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