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.

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.




In an effort to make sure our foreign nationals are well-informed about the impact Super Bowl 50 (Sunday, February 7) may have on touring the San Francisco Bay Area, this will provide with some information from the city and airport. The city’s site has information on Super Bowl City (January 30 – February 7), general safety, transportation, city services, etc.  We suggest in particular that you might disseminate the City’s  FAQ on Public Safety from the website to your constituencies.

Berlin & Beyond

Welcome to the 20th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival!

2016 Festival The 20th Anniversary Berlin & Beyond Film Festival will take place January 14-17, 2016 at the legendary Castro Theatre, January 18-20, 2016 at the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, and January 31, 2016 at Pacific's Janet Leigh Theatre in Stockton. Founded in 1996, the festival is a program of San Francisco's branch of the Goethe-Institut and has become one of the largest and most significant German-speaking film festivals outside of Europe. 

Kurt Masur with raised hand, viewed from behind

Kurt Masur, Conductor and "Leipzig's Savior," Dies Aged 88

Musician, humanist and a symbol of transformation in the events leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the maestro Kurt Masur inspired the masses - and not only with his music.

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.

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.


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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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.

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!

Information on the event

Germany will assume the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in January 2016 for a one year term

The logo of the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

The German Government’s motto for the year is “renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”. The Government will thus seek to strengthen OSCE instruments and institutions, promote dialogue among the participating States and thereby rebuild trust in Europe.
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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Foreign policy needs a strong civil society - a prelude to a strategic dialogue between foundations and the Federal Foreign Office

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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