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.

Notice

Due to staff shortages we ask you to submit applications of the following categories as of April 1st via mail only:

Application to retain the German citizenship

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

Birth Certificates

Name declarations

An application in person is no longer accepted. 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.


 

Portrait von Hans-Dietrich Genscher

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the death of former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher

"I have just heard here in Dushanbe about the death of Hans-Dietrich Genscher – news that moves me deeply and fills me with great sadness. ...

Vocaldente

Vocaldente

On March 16, the German School of San Francisco celebrated its 80th anniversary at the German Consulate General. Guests were treated to a musical performance by the celebrated Hannover-based a cappella group “Vocaldente”, who are currently touring the United States. The group will give two more performances in the Bay Area before heading to Pennsylvania on 24th March.

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.

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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.

Obama and Merkel

President Obama Will Open Hannover Messe with Chancellor Merkel

US President Barack Obama announced that he will make his fifth trip to Germany in April of this year. President Obama will join Chancellor Angela Merkel in opening the annual Hannover Messe, one of the world’s largest industrial trade fairs.

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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.

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.

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” can be downloaded as an e-paper.

ILA Berlin Airshow

ILA Berlin Air Show Enlarge image ILA Berlin Air Show (© picture-alliance/ dpa) Located in one of Europe’s most popular trade fair cities, biennial ILA Berlin Air Show offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of the international aerospace industry. With 1,153 exhibitors from 47 countries, about 235,000 visitors and business agreements totalling a net worth of at least 16.5 billion dollars, ILA is one of the world’s largest aerospace trade shows. Both trade and non-trade aviation aficionados are more than welcome!

Event Calendar ILA [pdf, 267.31k]

Conference Flyer ILA 2016 [pdf, 921.53k]

Flyer ILA 2016 [pdf, 1,711.63k]

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 Applications Open

Internationales Parlamentsstipendium (IPS)

The German Bundestag invites you, in cooperation with the with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin to to apply for an International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to spend five months in Berlin.

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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False Expectations – Refugees Return Home

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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

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Genscher and the Refugees at the Prague Embassy in 1989

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Stumbling Blocks - Commemorate Nazi Victims

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“Made in Germany” – The Future of the Brand

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Destination Germany: Sailing in Brandenburg

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Learning German at PASCH schools

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A World Cup Living Room in your Local Football Stadium

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Saving the Angkor Wat Temple Complex Anmoderation: The

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Commemorating the fall of the Berlin wall 25 years ago