Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Boston

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German Passports & Identity Cards

 Passports can only be applied for with appointment. Appointments may only be booked online. Please book one appointment per application and per person, i.e. individual appointments per family member. Make sure you appear on time at the beginning of your appointment. In case of a delay, you will automatically lose your slot and need to book a new appointment.

The necessary application forms, a list of the required documents and other useful information regarding your application can be found on our website.


If your last name has changed after marriage or divorce or if you are applying for a minor and do not have joint last name according to German law a name declaration will be necessary.

Name Declaration for Spouses

Name Declaration for a Child

Only after your new name has been registered and confirmed by the German registrar's office, you can book an appointment for a passport and file your application.

If you cannot make it to your appointment, please cancel it through the link provided in your confirmation email in order to make your appointment available to other applicants.





Residence visa / Residence permit ("longterm" stays longer than 90 days)

Due to the EU travel ban which is in force indefinitely for third-country nationals travelling from the US, visa applications can only be accepted in these exceptional cases:

-          Employment as qualified worker

-          Study

-          Family reunion


Only if you intend to enter Germany for one of the above mentioned purposes of stay, you can book an appointment to submit your visa application.

Please note that applications for  a n y  o t h e r  reason of stay cannot and will not be accepted. If you attend an appointment, your application will be refused.

If you are a US citizen and intend to move to Germany for the purpose of study or family reunion, please be aware that you are still allowed and welcome to enter Germany visa free and apply for your residence permit at your place of residence.
A visa process is not necessary.

Information about the visa process can be found on our website:
Please read the information provided thoroughly before you book an appointment.

Please be aware that appointments at the visa section are usually well booked in advance. Special appointments can not be granted.

If you are not able to attend your appointment, please cancel it to allow other customers to submit their application. Once you cancelled your appointment, you will be able to book a new one in the futur


It cannot be ruled out that Germany and/or other EU member states will reintroduce entry restrictions in the event that the COVID-19 pandemic situation deteriorates. Therefore, kindly note the following:

-          The visa issued does not in itself guarantee that entry to Germany will be granted.

-          Whether or not entry to Germany is granted will be decided by the competent German Federal Police (Bundespolizei).

-          As a general rule, it is only upon your arrival at a German airport/border that the Federal Police will decide if you are granted entry to Germany.

-          The German diplomatic and consular missions abroad cannot take any responsibility in this regard.


limited consular services due to COVID-19

Dear Madam / Sir,   Dear customers,

we would like to inform you that due to the current situation with COVID-19, the German Consulate in Boston is closed to the general public (no walk ins accepted), our staff is working remotely or in Teams.
Therefore the Consulate had to adjust its legal and consular services offered.

Longterm VISAS in certain cases can now be booked online                                           Please check under "visa"
The booking system to apply for a German PASSPORT will go online later today.   Please check under "German passport".

At present in-person-attendance for a selected number of consular services are by appointment only. To book the following legal and consular services only, email giving details on your specific case and services needed.

- Certification of signature
   (if required by an authority in Germany, i.e. in real estate, commercial or inheritance matters and an attestation by a US notary public is not accepted by the requesting authority)

- Police clearance certificate / Führungszeugnis

-  Affidavits to be used in Germany (i.e. Standesamt)

-  Border crossing certificate / Grenzübertrittsbescheinigung

All other legal and consular services (i.e. registration of birth, name declaration, citizenship applications) do not require personal attendance and will thus only be provided via mail (postal services). Please refer to our website to read up on specific consular services, processing, application forms, general information:

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation  and -   Stay healthy!

Please also follow the information posted on our website at