German Consulate General San Francisco

Welcome to the website of the German Consulate General in San Francisco. Here you will find information on our services of passport and visa, the work of our Consulate General, news related to Germany as well as German institutions and activities in our area of jurisdiction.

Our area of jurisdiction covers the Pacific Northwest of the United States: Northern California, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and the U.S. territories Baker, Howland, Jarvis, Johnston Islands, Midway and Palmyra island.

Our German language website features information relevant for German citizens. 

For all Passport, ID Card, Visa and Citizenship matters applicants need to arrange for an appointment through our website

Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office

Starting May 15, 2014 fingerprints will be taken from all visa applicants at the German Consulate General in San Francisco.

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BASF invests in California's Top Research Universities

Apr 3, 2014 |
From left to right: Former College of Chemistry Dean Richard Mathies, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, BASF President of Process Research and Chemical Engineering Peter Schuhmacher, BASF President of Biological and Effect Systems Research Harald Lauke, College of Chemistry Dean Douglas Clark, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, former California Governor Gray Davis, Professor of Chemistry and CARA Director Peidong Yang celebrate cutting the ribbon to officially open the CARA center.

On April 2, 2014, BASF representatives, the Chancellors of UC Berkeley and UCLA, and former Governor of California, Gray Davis, officially opened the new California Research Alliance by BASF (CARA) with a ribbon cutting ceremony in presence of the German Consul General Peter Rothen, followed by a scientific symposium.

Order of Merit awarded to Karl Pfeiffer

Mar 5, 2014 |
Consul General Peter Rothen awarded Order of Merit to Mr. Pfeiffer

On Tuesday, March 4, Consul General Peter Rothen honored Mr Karl Pfeiffer with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in a ceremony held at the German Residence in San Francisco.

85 year old Survivor reobtains German citizenship 75 years after his escape on a "Kindertransport"

Feb 26, 2014 |
German Consul General Rothen (right) congratulates Survivor Leo M. Horovitz on reobtaining German citizenship

A certificate confirming his German citizenship was handed over to Leo M. Horovitz by Consul General Peter Rothen on February 25 at the German Residence in San Francisco.

Alumni of Hamburg University open new chapter in San Francisco

Feb 22, 2014 |
Presentation at Smaato, Inc. offices

On February 21, 2014, the alumni of the University of Hamburg came together to open their new local chapter in San Francisco.

EIT ICT Labs convene in German Consulate General in San Francisco

Feb 14, 2014 |
Round table at the German Consulate General

On Thursday, 13 February 2014, the EIT ICT Labs organized a round table at the German Consulate General in order to discuss their plans to connect the EIT ICT Labs ecosystem to the IT innovation ecosystem of the Bay Area. German Consul General Peter Rothen hosted the meeting.

Ambassador Ammon Speaks to Business, Policy and Education Leaders in California

Jan 29, 2014 |
Visiting UC Merced in Central Valley with Rep. Costa

We've collected all the tweets, photos and news reports on Ambassador Ammon's recent visit to California, where he spoke to leaders in business, government and education from San Diego to San Francisco about TTIP, the Skills Initiative and German innovation.

German Nobel Prize awardee Thomas C. Südhof received in German Residence

Nov 27, 2013 |
caption: Consul General Peter Rothen awards Professor Thomas C. Südhof with a document certifying his German citizenship

Thomas C. Südhof, the German recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine, participated in a small ceremony on November 27 held by Consul General Peter Rothen at the German Residence in San Francisco

Wholemeal Sunflowerseed Bread, new friendships and bread-baking without yeast

Nov 27, 2013 |
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San Francisco, November 22, 2013 - It seemed like a goodbye between two good friends when Josey Baker, local bakery owner at “The Mill”, bid farewell to German baker Josef Wagner in front of colleagues, co-workers and friends. The two bakers, who had met for the first time just three weeks ago when Josef Wagner started his culinary cultural exchange working alongside Josey Baker on a daily basis, got on “swimmingly well” right from the beginning.

German Baker Works in SF Bakery The Mill This Month

Nov 5, 2013 |
Josey Baker and Josef Wagner

When it comes to German food in the United States, “biergarten” fare gets most of the attention and overshadows many of Germany’s other culinary traditions.

Lisa Bielawa’s Airfield Broadcast turns Crissy Field into a musical canvas

Oct 25, 2013 |
Crissy Field

San Francisco's Crissy Field will take music lovers and park goers on a special musical adventure when the grounds of the former U.S. Army airfield will be turned into a massive symphony on October 26 and 27, 2013.

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Time and weather in Germany

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The Consulate General will be closed on Friday, April 18, 2014 and on Monday, April 21, 2014 ( Easter).

The Consul General

The head of the Consulate General in San Francisco, Consul General Peter Rothen, welcomes you to this website

Vom 22. bis 25. Mai finden die Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament statt

Europawahl 2014

Europawahl 2014

Vom 22. bis 25. Mai 2014 wählen die Bürgerinnen und Bürger der Europäischen Union zum achten Mal das Europäische Parlament. In der Bundesrepublik Deutschland findet die Wahl am Sonntag, dem 25. Mai 2014, statt.

Informationen zur Europawahl 2014

Human rights policy in Germany

The public consultation was held at Humboldt Universität

The United Nations Human Rights Council regularly reviews the human rights situation in all UN member countries. April 2013 will be the second time Germany has been the subject of this Universal Perio...

ILA Berlin Air Show

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ILA Berlin Air Show taking place from May 20-25, 2014 represents once again the market place and meeting platform for the global aerospace industry, all suppliers and service providers as well as all international clients. Last year, more than 125,000 trade visitors and experts used the synergies that ILA 2012 offered.