Visa application procedure in Miami

How to apply for a Visa in Miami

Legal Symbols Enlarge image Visa, Passport, Legal (© picture-alliance/chromorange) The Consulate General accepts visa applications from residents of Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Bahamas only. 

All applications must be submitted in person. Only applicants whose fingerprints are already stored in the VIS-System can apply by mail. This Consulate does not assume any liability for the loss of documents submitted by mail. In exceptional cases you might still be asked to come to the Consulate for an interview.

Honorary Consuls in Florida are not entitled to accept visa applications.

How to arrange for your appointment:

Please schedule your visa appointment free of charge online. A visa appointment may be booked as early as 12 weeks in advance but should not be scheduled later than 15 days prior to your travel date to ensure sufficient time to process your application.

Please schedule your visa appointment online:

Once you have made the visa appointment you will receive a confirmation email showing the date and time. 

Please ensure that the email confirms a visa appointment in the Visa department NOT in the Passport department!

Please note that your appointment will be canceled if you miss your assigned slot by more than 10 minutes!


Make sure to bring all the required documents as listed in the visa requirements when showing up for your visa appointment to avoid delays in processing of your application.

In order to apply for a visa your passport must have two emtpy pages.

To return your passport with the visa, we exclusively use USPS Overnight Express for mailings within the U.S or Puerto Rico. For this service we charge an extra fee of 20.00 US Dollar, payable in cash or money order only. You can also pick up your passport in person or have it picked up by a person with an authorization letter signed by you. Residents of the Bahamas may submit a prepaid shipping label and envelope from a mail carrier, for example USPS, FedEx, DHL.

At this time, holders of US travel documents issued as refugee travel documents do not require a visa to travel to Germany for tourism, transit or business. Please note that this only encompasses Germany, as other countries of the Schengen agreement may require you to hold a visa. This may be subject to change, therefore check for changes on this website before each trip. As this exception may not be known to some airlines or immigration officers, we suggest you print this information and take it with you. The printout quotes the address of this website and the date, enabling you and others to verify the information and to check if the printout is up to date.

Holders of US travel documents issued as Permit to Re-enter need a visa based on their nationality.

If you have difficulties to find a photoshop capable to take your pictures in the required size, we recommend to arrive 1/2 hour earlier to your appointment and we will direct you to our trusted photoshop (walking distance).

1. All Walgreens Stores have a photo program that enables the photographer to take passport photos according to the specification of other countries.
However, many of their employees are not aware of it and insist that they can only take US passport photos.
To solve this problem, you might want to write the instructions down or show them this document:
The employee needs to click on “Passport photos” in the photo program, then on “Settings” on the right side, and then on “USA”.
This will open a list of countries, showing all the different templates. Then he can choose the German Template.
The problem is that at first, only USA is visible, and it is not at all obvious, that a country list exists.

2. Charlie's Photo
201 N. Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33128
786 488 1585

3. CVS/Pharmacy

200 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
786 838 0316

Only after checking the information in the link below and if you have further questions, please contact the visa department of the Consulate General in Miami at miami%27%diplo%27%de,info or call 305-358-0290 during the phone consultation hours Monday - Thursday from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 



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