Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Houston

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General Information

Please note: Admittance to the Consulate will be by appointment only.

Appointments can only be booked for a few weeks in advance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Appointments to pick up passports or certificates are not required. You will be informed by the consulate when and at what times you can pick up your documents.

 

For the time being, special regulations apply when entering the building:

You are required to wear a medical mask covering nose and mouth at all times during your visit to the Consulate.

You are required to clean your hands using hand sanitizer when entering the building.

Please note that the use of mobile devices may result in reduced functionality or wrong bookings. We therefore recommend using desktop computers or laptops when making online appointments.”

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German Passports and ID cards

Kindly refer to our website at www.germany.info to get all the necessary information to apply for a German passport, e.g. all documents that have to be provided (e.g. birth certificate, passport pictures, fee).

 

Please check the information provided thoroughly before you make an appointment for the passport application.

 

Make sure to have to a proof of your name according to German law.

Passport applications, especially for children for whom the name is not yet clear, can -not- be accepted. 

 

Please only proceed with the appointment booking if you are sure that you do not need to submit a name declaration.

 

In case you have any question, please contact the passport section by email: pass@hous.diplo.de .

 

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Visa

Here you can book your appointment to submit a visa application to enter Germany.

Please make sure before booking your appointment that you can submit all required documents. Information on visa procedures and all necessary documents can be found on our website: https://www.germany.info/us-en/service/visa .

Please be advised that applications can only be accepted from applicants who reside in the Consulate General's area of jurisdiction. The Consulate General’s area of jurisdiction covers Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Also, visa applications can only be accepted if Germany is the main travel destination of your upcoming trip. Should you plan on spending more time during your trip in a different state of the Schengen-Area you have to submit your visa application at the competent Consulate/Embassy of the respective country.

Please note that a visa is not a guarantee that you will be allowed to enter Germany as this is at the discretion of the German border police.

As US citizen you are allowed to enter Germany visa free and apply for your residence permit at your place of residence within 90 days after arrival. A visa process before entering Germany is not mandatory.

Information on our mail-in service (Schengen visas only!) can also be found on our website.

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Family matters (Name declarations / Registration of birth and marriage / Recognition of a Divorce Decree)

Detailed information on family matters (birth registrations, name declarations, divorce recognitions, etc.) can be found on the joint website of the German missions in the USA.

Please inform yourself in advance which applications you would like to submit and bring - one - completed form as well as all documents requested on the website as originals and two sets of copies.

The appointment at the Consulate General serves the necessary certification of signatures as well as the certification of copies. Please be advised that copies for applications in family matters will be certified during your appointment. A separate appointment in the category "certification of copies" is -not- necessary.

The application will be processed exclusively by the registrar´s office (Landesjustizamt in the case of divorce recognitions) in Germany that is responsible for you. As explained on our website, provided that the competent registrar´s office has given you its prior consent, you can also submit the applications and declarations yourself directly to the registry office after certification by a Notary Public.

 

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Citizenship matters

The German Consulate General in Houston can assist you with questions concerning German citizenship. We recommend using the extensive information on our homepage www.germany.info and the possibility to contact us via email: info@hous.diplo.de

If you send the documents to the consulate, please first obtain the required certification of copies by a notary public. Please check our website which applications require a personal appearance at the consulate.

Please make an appointment in this category if you wish to submit an application for naturalization, acquire German citizenship by declaration, renounce your German citizenship, apply for a certificate of citizenship or a permission to retain German citizenship when getting naturalized in the USA.

You can also book an appointment in this category in order to pick up your certificates. You´ll be informed by the consulate when your certificates arrives.

Please be advised that copies for applications in citizenship matters will be notarized during your appointment. It is therefore not necessary to book a separate appointment for certifications of photocopies.

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Certifications of signature (i.a. declaration of approval, renunciation of inheritance)

Certification of Signatures (e.g. for Declaration of approval, Renunciation of inheritance, Commercial Register Applications, Certificate of Good conduct)

Not for Birth and Marriage registrations, Name declarations or life certificates.

You may book an appointment here if you need  a certification of your signature for use in Germany.

You can find elaborate information about signature certifications (including an explanation how it differs from a full notarization) on the joint website of the German Missions in the US at www.germany.info/us-en/service

Please be advised that the German Consulate General is not allowed to certify signatures or perform identity verifications to open a bank account, for loan applications or similar cases.

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Certification of copies, life certificates and other consular certificates

Certification Photocopies, life certificates (pension) and other consular certificates

 

-Not for birth and marriage registrations, name declarations or citizenship matters-

 

You may book an appointment here if you need

- One or more certified true copies of documents (that do not involve a citizenshipship application or family matter i.e. birth registration, name declaration or recognition of divorce decree) or

- A life certificate or

- Another consular certificate (such as German VAT refund, urn transport certificate)

You can find elaborate information on the joint website of the German missions in the US at www.germany.info/

 

Signatures cannot be certified.

For certifications of signatures, please book a separate appointment in the category "certification of signature".

 

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