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
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Please note that from now on also for family law matters ( registration of marriage, name declaration, acknowledgement of divorce), certifications ( of signature, fotocopies, good conduct,value added tax) you have to make an appointment through the
Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office
"He deepened Germany’s friendship with its partners in the West, and he sought mutual understanding with the peoples of the East. He was early in recognizing the elimination of division in Europe as the only way to overcome the division of Germany."
Condolences from Federal President Gauck
Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, America's leading annual showcase of contemporary film productions from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and beyond, brought stars and talents to San Francisco again in its 19th year of existence.
Gala at the German Residence
Each year, the number of survivors who bear witness to the horrors of the Holocaust grows smaller, so this 70th anniversary is given special importance as it is among the last that will be attended by eye-witnesses. Keeping the memory and the lessons of the Holocaust alive is therefore more important than ever.
Holocaust Remembrance Day
The DAAD Alumni Association hosted an evening reception on January 20 at Stanford University giving DAAD alumni and current scholarship holders an opportunity to exchange ideas with 2013 German Nobel prize winner in physiology, Professor Thomas Suedhof.
DAAD Alumni meeting in Stanford
Consul General Stefan Schlueter signed the book of condolences at the French Consulate General in San Francisco, condemning the barbarous killing at Paris-based magazine "Charlie Hebdo".
On November 19th, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at UC Berkeley hosted an unlikely group of allies: In a night of art and conversation, Bay Area community leaders, thinkers and artists shared their insights around innovative ways to tackle climate change.
The "Fall of the Berlin Wall" poster exhibit commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.
On November 9, 2014, staff of the German Consulate, their families and friends celebrated the 25th conmemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
25 years Fall of the Berlin Wall
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) reached a landmark agreement with the German Finance Ministry under which the organization and the German government will together provide assistance to Jewish child survivors of the Holocaust.
Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust
The 9th annual international diplomatic training for young career diplomats for the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean took place from October 9th thru the 12th in the German Foreign Office in Berlin.
German Foreign Office
After swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 115 miles and running the entire Honolulu Marathon, Sebastian Kienle was crowned, “Ironman” in Hawaii on Saturday. In the 36th annual competition, Kienle finished the race in 8 hours, 14 minutes, and 18 seconds.
Kienle Wins Ironman
Göttingen – much less well known than Heidelberg in the U.S. – is a small town in the center of Germany and home to the University of Göttingen, the place associated with most Nobel laureates in the country and one of the best places to study in Germany.
Reunion at the German Consulate
Demons of history weigh upon the debate about a larger German role in the world, says AJC Executive Director David Harris, in an interview with Sueddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany's top daily newspapers. Read the full interview in English.
"The Germans have to trust themselves"
The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) celebrated the first day of school together with German Consul General Stefan Schlüter and German Consul for Cultural Affairs, Julia Reinhardt, on Monday and Tuesday, August 18 and 19, 2014.
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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.
German Deputy Secretary of Economics Brigitte Zypries
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.
Multidisciplinary research institute
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.
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.
On February 21, 2014, the alumni of the University of Hamburg came together to open their new local chapter in San Francisco.
Meeting 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.