Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the U.S

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Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany is located in Washington DC.

Address:
4645 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone (202) 298-4000
Phone (202) 298-4224 (Passport & Visa)

Office Hours – Legal and Consular Department:

  1. The Legal and Consular Department of the Embassy is open to the public Monday through Friday, except on selected German and American Holidays.
    The Embassy and its consular office follow the decision of the U.S. Federal Government in Washington, DC, on closing or delayed opening in extreme weather conditions. Passport and visa applicants who have an appointment scheduled in the consular office on a day when the Embassy is closed for this reason may call 202-298-4393 on the next day on which we are open in order to reschedule.
  2. Office hours:
  • Schengen Visa applications (by appointment only): Monday – Friday, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Residency Visa (Work / Study / Moving to Germany) (by appointment only): Monday and Thursday, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Passport applications (by appointment only): Monday – Friday, 8:00 to 11:30 a.m; Wednesday: 2:00 p.m to 3:45 p.m.
  • Visa and Passport pick-up: Monday – Thursday, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Friday: 11:00 to 12:30 p.m.
  • All other consular services: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Ambassador Peter Wittig is Germany’s highest-ranking representative to the US government. His main tasks are to represent German interests in the United States and to foster and deepen German-American relations in the political, economic and cultural spheres.

Visa, Passport & Legal:
Important Note: The Legal and Consular Section of the Embassy in Washington, DC, can only provide those services to residents of the States of Delaware (DE), Maryland (MD), Virginia (VA), West Virginia (WV) and the District of Columbia (DC). If you do not live in this region, please contact the mission that is responsible for your area. To find out which of the nine German missions in the US can assist you, please use our Consulate Finder.
US citizens in possession of a valid US passport (on the planned date of departure from Germany, your passport should have at least another three months validity) do not need a visa for airport transit, tourist or business trips (for stays up to 90 days).

According to the so-called Schengen agreement, tourist and business visas issued by a mission of one of the following countries are valid for travel to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. However, you always have to apply at the consulate of the country which is your main destination.

NEW: For some time now, fingerprints have been taken from all applicants applying for long-term visas (study, family reunification, commencement of employment, etc.). Now, starting Thursday, May 15, 2014, the visa sections at the German missions in the U.S. will begin collecting biometric data, that is, fingerprints, for Schengen visas as part of the Visa Information System (VIS).

Where to apply?

  • German consular services are available through its Embassy in Washington and Consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco.
  • Except for rare instances, you have to submit your application in person.
  • Every applicant has to submit proof of medical travel insurance covering the entire length of the stay in Europe when applying for a Schengen visa.

Type of visas:

  1. Business trip to Germany

Entry clearance requirements depend on the citizenship of the applicant. Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to visit Germany for stays of up to 90 days. Please check our country list if you are not sure whether you need a visa.

2. Employment in Germany
All persons who wish to seek gainful employment in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit in the form of a visa. Where needed, a work permit will be included in the visa issued for this purpose.

3. Family Reunion
All persons who wish to stay in Germany for more than 90 days are required to obtain a residence permit.

4. Visitor Visa (Family or Friends)
Entry clearance requirements depend on the citizenship of the applicant. Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to visit Germany for stays of up to 90 days. Please check our country list if you are not sure whether you need a visa.

5. Study and Scientific Research
Entry clearance requirements depend on the citizenship of the applicant. Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to visit Germany for stays of up to 90 days. Please check our country list if you are not sure whether you need a visa.

6.Visa Needed?
Entry clearance requirements depend on the citizenship of the applicant. Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to visit Germany for stays of up to 90 days. Please check our country list if you are not sure whether you need a visa.

7. Airport Transit in Germany
Entry clearance requirements depend on the citizenship of the applicant. Nationals of the following countries are required to be in possession of an airport transit visa when passing through the international transit area of airports in Germany

8.Visa Fees

  • airport transit visa approx $65 to 70 *
  • visa for stays up to 30 days approx $65 to 70 *
  • visa for stays from 31 to 90 days (one entry) approx $65 to 70 *
  • visa for stays from 31 to 90 days (multiple entries) approx $65 to 70 *
  • study visa approx $65 to 70 *
  • employment visa approx $65 to 70 *
  • visa for scholarship holders(from German scientific organization) free of charge*
  • visa for spouses of EU citizens free of charge*
  • Children under six years of age, school pupils and students and accompanying teachers on study or educational trips: free of charge*
  • Pursuant to an EU Council decision of 1 June 2006, visa fees for nationals of the following countries, except for cases where the general fee exemptions above apply, will be 56,- USD (48,- USD for study and employment visa):Albania, Bosnia Hercegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine

*Please add an additional fee up to 25,- USD (for Bermuda the fee is 60, $-)if you want us to mail your passport back

  • Fees are payable by cash or money order only,cheques or credit cards are not accepted
  • A note about calculating the fees in US Dollars: Due to the fluctuating exchange rate, the dollar amount in the section “Overview of visa fees” is rounded up.
  • Please hand in your money order in US Dollar together with your application.

Source: http://www.germany.info