Visa application procedure in Miami
How to apply for a Visa in Miami
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 appointment free of charge online. An 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.
Schedule an appointment online:
Once you have made the appointment you will receive a confirmation email showing the date and time.
Please ensure that the email confirms an appointment in the Visa department NOT in the Passport department!
Make sure to bring all the required documents as listed in the visa requirements when showing up for your appointment to avoid delays in the processing of your application.
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 19 US dollars, 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 envelope from a mail carrier, for example UPS, 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 according to their nationality.
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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.