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 State, 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.

Please note that for all legal and consular matters (incl. passport, ID Card and Visa applications, Citizenship matters, family law matters ( registration of marriage, name declaration, acknowledgement of divorce), Certifications ( of signature, fotocopies, good conduct) you have to make an appointment through the 

Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office:

To avoid appointments in wrong categories, be advised to schedule an appointment on a PC and not by smartphone or tablet.

Passport and Visa Appointments:

Please, note that every family member needs a separate appointment.


Please submit applications of the following categories via mail:

Application to retain the German citizenship

Application for naturalization according to Article 116 par. 2 of the Basic Law

Family matters (i.e. registration of birth, marriage, name declarations, acknowledgement of divorce)

Please do not call to ask for the current status of your matter, especially with regards to passport and visa inquiries. We inform you as soon as you can pick up your passport/visa/permit to keep German citizenship/certificate of naturalization or we will send it to you upon agreement.

Thank you for your understanding


Young people enjoying summer in the park

Safe Germany

Germany is one of the most peaceful countries in the world. It has a stable political system, is rarely hit by natural disasters and is home to hardly any dangerous animals. Click on the following link to find out more about why people like living here:

The team from Washington claims its prize

German School Washington D.C. Wins International Prize for Student Entrepreneurship Project

The German School Washington D.C.’s Students Found Businesses project took second place at the annual German Schools Abroad competition of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). Students, teachers and administrators received the 40,000 Euro prize at a ceremony with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on May 10 in Berlin.

Alexander Gerst

German Astronaut to Serve as Commander of the International Space Station

German astronaut and geophysicist Alexander Gerst will serve as the commander of the International Space Station in 2018, the European Space Agency announced this week. That would make him the first German in history to take charge of the ISS.

Wissensplattform Erde

Earth System Knowledge Platform

On the Earth System Knowledge Platform scientists of the Helmholtz Association present current findings, real-time data and background information in form of short, comprehensible articles, infographics, photographs and film clips. Natural hazards, climate change and pollution are the topics of the online service.

Chancellor Merkel in Brussels

Refugee Policy: "We Must Find a Common Response"

The latest decisions to close borders across the Balkans is not the solution to the refugee crisis, Chancellor Merkel said in a recent interview.

New York City

New German American Business Outlook: Strong 2016

German companies in the US, represented by the GACC and RGIT, presented the 2016 German American Business Outlook Report this week in New York. The GABO shows that German companies expect to expand their production, workforce, and profits in the coming year.

Tornado jet in flight

Bundestag Approves Mandate for Syria Mission

The German Bundestag has voted to approve the deployment of the Bundeswehr in the fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS). Up to 1,200 Bundeswehr troops are to support the international alliance.


One-Time Payment to Former Soviet Prisoners of War in Recognition of their Treatment in German Detention

The German Parliament decided on May 21, 2015, that former Soviet prisoners of war should receive a symbolic payment in recognition of their treatment in German detention. Members of the

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DW Traineeship

We are looking for young people from all over the world interested in a comprehensive, exceptional quality journalism program with an international broadcaster. Candidates should have journalism experience or be passionate about switching to journalism from technology/IT, economics or the sciences. We are looking for open-minded people full of creative ideas.

Rosh Hashana

Message from Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

On the occasion of Rosh Hashanah 5777, I would like to convey my very best wishes for a happy and blessed New Year to all my Jewish fellow citizens and their families and friends in Germany, Israel and around the world.

San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

The Consul General

Consul General Stefan Schlüter

Consul General Stefan Schlueter is the head of the Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco and welcomes you to this website.

Program Coordinator “GHI West” at UC Berkeley

The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, DC, is an internationally recognized center for advanced study. It serves as a transatlantic bridge connecting American and European scholars and seeks to make their research accessible to decision-makers in the public and private sectors as well as to a general audience. In 2017 the GHI will open up a branch office on the West Coast that will be hosted at the Institute of European Studies (IES) at UC Berkeley. 

Programm Coordinator [pdf, 372.92k]

New version of “Facts about Germany” – in 19 languages

Facts about Germany

“Facts about Germany” has everything you need to know about Germany today. How the political system works. The guidelines that define foreign policy. The special characteristics of the economy. What is new in art and culture. The new website features articles, background information, images, charts, films and lots of other modules. Focussing on these and many other topics, besides – in no less than 19 languages. On top of which, all the “Facts” (incl. the new book for young adults in 9 languages) can be downloaded as an e-paper.

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 – “Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”

The logo of the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

On 1 January 2016 Germany has assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) and is therefore be responsible for steering the Organization safely through the stormy tides of crises and challenges in 2016. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has presented the details of the Chairmanship’s programme to the 57 OSCE participating States in Vienna on 14 January 2016.

Further information is available on the following websites:

Bay Area Language Learning Opportunities

Bay Area German

Whatever plans you have for the future, knowledge of German will increase your options! We've put together a list of schools and institutions in the Bay Area where you or your children can learn German.

International Parliamentary Scholarship of The German Bundestag (IPS)

Internationales Parlamentsstipendium (IPS)

The IPS program of The German Bundestag gives well-qualified young people with a strong interest in politics from the USA, France, Israel and Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe and the Arab world the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government. Through fifteen-week placements with Members of the Bundestag, participants are introduced to the wide variety of tasks carried out in a Member’s office. Scholarship-winners are chosen by the Bundestag’s independent selection panel.

Event Calendar: Germany in the Pacific Northwest

Hier finden Sie Veranstaltungen in unserem Amtsbezirk, die einen Bezug zu Deutschland haben.

Event Calendar

Video Archive

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Cultural Preservation – A Program of the German Foreign Ministry

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New perspectives: AArtist in residence at the Foreign Office

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The German-Chinese Exchange Year for School Pupils and Young People 2016

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Moving people – and opening up society

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Moving people – with games

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Moving people – with street football

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Menschen bewegen – on stilts

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Moving People – with Medical Technology

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Menschen bewegen 2016

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Neither Boomtown nor Hypezig – just Leipzig

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Germany’s Cross-Cultural Music Scene

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My Germany: Undertaker Vildane Uludağ

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My Germany: Poetry Slammer and Writer Sulaiman Masomi

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The UN's Bonn Headquarters - the Success Story Continues

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My Germany – Actor Dayan Kodua

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The Humboldt-Forum in the new Berlin

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German-Israeli Youth Congress 2015: a Video Diary

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2019 - The Bauhaus Centenary

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My Germany: „District Mother“ Hanin Krimmling

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Science on Stage: Science Slam

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Training for the Fast Track Diplomatic Service

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Behind the scenes at the Berlinale: The interpreters

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Tourists work as volunteers for homeless people

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Dresden Flies the Flag for Openness and Tolerance

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Season's Greetins from the German Foreign Office

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Schwibbögen: a Christmas woodcraft from the Erzgebirge mountains

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Frohes Fest und guten Rutsch

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The club scene of Berlin

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It's the World Wide Web's 25th anniversary - so what does the Internet mean to Germans?

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The baking diploma for non-Germans

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Destination Germany: Climbing in the Sächsische Schweiz

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CrossCulture: Intercultural Dialogue with the Islamic World