German Consulate General San Francisco

German Consulate General San Francisco

Welcome to 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. Click for information

Alumniportal Deutschland

Alumniportal Deutschland is an editorially supported social online network, which sees itself as a service for all Germany-alumni as well as for companies, networks, organizations and institutes of higher education. A unique combination of topical and emotional services with a connection to Germany and an online community opens entirely new opportunities for maintaining contacts and networks.

Book Prize

German Book Prize Nominees Announced

The longlist for the German Book Prize was announced this week. The jury, which has been tirelessly debating the candidates for months now, nominated twenty novels for the prestigious list. By the beg...

Peter Rothen's Farewell

Farewell of Consul General Peter Rothen

As their last official event and to bid farewell from San Francisco, Consul General Peter Rothen and his wife Gerlind held a special evening on July 31 at the German Residence.

Zypries und Rothen Feier

German Deputy Secretary of Economics Brigitte Zypries promotes German start-ups in Silicon Valley

The Deputy Secretary of Economics of the German government, Ms Brigitte Zypries, traveled to San Francisco and Silicon Valley from June 7 through 14, 2014, to promote the German start-up scene and establish ties within the founder communities of the Bay Area and Germany.

Hand holding a green earth

Join the Green Talents Competition

Join Germany’s Green Talents Competition and gain exclusive access to the hot spots of sustainable development. Application deadline is June 16.

Ambassador Peter Wittig

Ambassador Peter Wittig Starts His Work in Washington

Ambassador Peter Wittig has begun his work in Washington, DC. He was most recently Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York.

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.

BASF invests in California's Top Research Universities

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.

German Consul General Rothen (right) congratulates Survivor Leo M. Horovitz on reobtaining German citizenship

85-year-old Survivor Re-Obtains German Citizenship 75 Years After Escape on "Kindertransport"

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.

Consul General Peter Rothen awarded Order of Merit to Mr. Pfeiffer

Order of Merit awarded to Karl 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.

Presentation at Smaato, Inc. offices

Alumni of Hamburg University open new chapter in San Francisco

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

Round table at the German Consulate General

EIT ICT Labs convene in German Consulate General in San Francisco

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.

caption: Consul General Peter Rothen awards Professor Thomas C. Südhof with a document certifying his German citizenship

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

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

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

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.

San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

The Consulate will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 for Labor Day.

Commemorating the First World War

2014 WWI

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco opens its series “100 Years after World War One”.

No Escape ( Exhibition )

Poll ( Film) 

All quiet on the western front 

 (Reading from the novel )

Fall of the Wall

Fall of the Wall

The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - a monumental day in German history.