Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Boston

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limited consular services due to COVID-19

 

Dear Madam / Sir, Dear customers,

we would like to inform you that in observance of the COVID-19 guidelines and in order to protect its customers and its team, the German Consulate in Boston had to adjust its legal and consular services offered. Walk-ins are not accepted.

At the moment, in-person-attendance is by appointment only. Appointments are available for a selected number of consular services only as the ones listed below:

certification of signature, if required by an authority in Germany, i.e. in:

- real estate  (i.e. declaration of consent; power of attorney)

- commercial or

- inheritance matters (renouncement of inheritance)

and - if an attestation by a US notary public is not accepted by the requesting authority.

To book the legal and consular services listed above, email info@boston.diplo.de  with details on your specific case and on services that you require. Enclose a scan of the documents which you need to sign to facilitate matters. Thank you. We strive to reply as quickly as we can. Repeated messages do not help to speed up the process.

 

All other legal and consular services not listed above (i.e. registration of birth, name declaration, citizenship application etc.) do not require personal attendance and will thus only be provided via postal services. Please refer to our website to read up on specific consular services, processing, application forms, necessary documents and general information: https://www.germany.info/us-en/service/10-ServiceA-Z

Applications need to submitted by regular post, not by email. Make sure to always send two copies of the relevant application form, which you can find on our website.

Please enclose certified/notarized copies of all necessary documents as listed. (N.B.: A certified/notarized copy is a copy of the original official document where an original stamp and signature needs to be placed on the copy by an authorized notary public stating that the document is a true copy of the original.)

In order to save you time and effort, we recommend that birth, marriage registration and name declaration files be sent directly to the German registrar's office (Standesamt). Read details here: https://www.germany.info/us-en/service/04-FamilyMatters

Applications in => citizenship matters should be sent by regular mail to the Consulate. (two sets, duly filled out, accompanied by certified copies of relevant documents)

THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation and - stay healthy!

NOTE:  To book an appointment for passports or long term visa please check under “Passport” or “Visa

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German Passports & Identity Cards

GERMAN PASSPORTS 

To apply for a passport, you need an appointment. Appointments can only be booked online. Please book one appointment per person and application even if you apply as a family. (i.e. 1 adult, 2 kids: 3 appointments). Make sure you appear on time at the beginning of your appointment. If you fail to arrive on time, 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 here:  https://www.germany.info/us-en/service/02-PassportsandIDCards   It is absolutely necessary to follow the instructions and come prepared with all documents.

LAST NAME in the German passport

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

The following links provide further information – please read it thoroughly prior to booking an appointment! 

ONLY once your new name / the child’s name has been registered and confirmed by the German registrar's office (Standesamt), you can book an appointment for a passport.

At present, name declarations have to be submitted by regular mail; in-person-application is not possible. You may send the application straight to the German Standesamt. Read more above (consular services).

   

 V E R Y   I M P O R T A N T   N O T I C E

In observance of the regulations due to COVID-19 (i.e. social distancing), the German Consulate has to limit the number of applicants present in the building at the same time. Therefore, increased waiting times for appointments are to be expected.

Appointments for passport applications can only be booked for up to three weeks in advance.

New appointment slots are made available on a regular basis. Please try again later, if you are not successful in obtaining an appointment today.

Emails requesting an earlier passport appointment will not be answered unless it is clearly a very urgent case (please give details), which does not allow for any delay and calls for immediate action. 

 

If you arrive late for your appointment, access to the Consulate will be denied.

If you cannot make it to your appointment, please cancel it through the link provided in your confirmation email. This opens the slot for other people! Thank you.

   

THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation. Stay safe and healthy!

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Visa

IMPORTANT:
Due to the ongoing corona virus outbreak and the associated travel restrictions to Germany the Consulate General can currently only offer very limited regular appointments for visa. Please refrain from requesting additional appointments. Please refer to
www.Germany.info for further information about current travel restrictions to Germany and their timeframe

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

  • highly qualified employees of companies in Germany as long as their employment is economically important and cannot be postponed or performed from abroad. 
    This mainly applies to senior managers, employees with an annual income of at least 55,200 euros or employees in the health or IT sectors
  • Study (at a university, no language courses only)
  • Family reunion/visitor visa for immediate family member of citizen of the EU, the EEA, the UK, legal residents of Germany 
  • Airport Transit
  • visitor’s visa (exclusively for unmarried partners in a long-term relationship – please see website for requirements)
  • essential business travel

Only if you intend to enter Germany for one of the above mentioned purposes of stay and have relevant documentation proving it (e.g. contracts; work permits) , 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.

 

N.B.:
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: https://www.germany.info/us-en/service/05-VisaEinreise.
Please read the information provided thoroughly before you book an appointment.

Increased waiting times for appointments are to be expected in light of the recent closure of the visa section.
Furthermore, as regulations on entering the German Consulate can be changed at short notice, appointments can only be booked for up to two weeks in advance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:
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.

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