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Visa Procedures in San Francisco

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1. General Information: Do I need a visa? What documents do I need?

We request that you read the information provided on this page carefully in preparation for your visa application. For general information on requirements for both short-term Schengen visas as well as long-term national visas (Aufenthaltserlaubnis), we request that you review our website's comprehensive visa information category.

For inquiries beyond the scope of the information provided, please submit your question through the contact form of this website. Please note that questions answered on this website will not be answered by E-Mail or phone.

Make sure to send or bring all required documents as listed in the visa requirements to avoid delays in the processing of your application.



2. How to submit your application

If you have read the information provided in the link above, please continue. We request that you verify whether you are able to mail in your application before booking an appointment. It is not possible to apply without an appointment (walk-in).


Application in Person (by appointment only)

If you are not eligible for visa application mail-in, you need to schedule an appointment to submit your application in person.

To avoid appointments in wrong categories, be advised that it is not possible to schedule an appointment through smartphone or tablet.

Payment of visa fees will be accepted in cash or money order only.

Schedule Visa Appointment


No appointment available in time for your planned date of travel?

If you are unable to secure an appointment in time for your date of travel by checking the appointment system’s visa appointment category as mentioned above, you may register on our visa appointment waiting list: Visa Appointment Waiting List

After successful registration, you will receive 2 e-mails:
1. A confirmation e-mail with a reference number within 30 minutes.
2. A separate e-mail confirming your actual appointment at a later time, once an appointment has become available. It is not necessary to follow up on your waiting list status.

For extremely urgent cases (such as medical emergencies and other life or death situations), you may send in a request through our website’s contact form.

We will then get back to you as soon as possible. Please make sure you provide details regarding the nature of the emergency as well as contact information.

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