Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — New York

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General Information

Please be advised, that due to the outbreak of COVID-19 the Consulate has to limit the numbers of applicants entering the building at the same time. Therefore, increased waiting times for appointments are to be expected. Furthermore, as regulations on entering the German Consulate can be changed at short notice appointments can usually only be booked for a few weeks in advance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For the time being, special regulations apply when entering the building. When booking an appointment, you consent to the following regulations:

  • Before entering the building, a security and temperature check will be performed. If your temperature is above 99°F or 37,3°C entry to the building will be denied.
  • You are required to wear a 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.
  • People escorting an applicant can only enter if their presence is absolutely necessary for the requested service.
  • As only a limited amount of people are allowed to enter the building at the same time, waiting times may arise. There is, however, no possibility to spend these waiting times inside the building.
  • If you arrive late for you appointment, access has to be denied.
  • Should a case of COVID-19 be confirmed at the Consulate, the Consulate has to be able to inform visitors accordingly. Your personal data provided in the appointment system will therefore be stored for up to three weeks after your visit.

Für den Fall der erneuten Verhängung von weitgehenden Einschränkungen des öffentlichen Lebens, oder eines Ausbruchs von COVID-19 in seiner Belegschaft, behält sich das Generalkonsulat eine Stornierung des Termins vor.

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German passports / German identity cards

Covid-19 - Latest information on applying for a passport

Unfortunately, due to the restrictions imposed by Covid-19, there are currently only a very limited number of appointments available for applying for passports in urgent cases. Appointments can only be scheduled in advance for a limited period. New appointments are activated every day. ID cards cannot be applied for at the moment. Overall, there will be significantly longer waiting and processing times than usual.

All visitors must wear community masks covering mouth and nose and are subjected to a temperature check when entering the Consulate General. Visitors with a temperature above 99° F will be refused entry. Accompanying persons may not enter the Consulate General.

On our website www.germany.info you will find detailed information on applying for a passport and a list of documents that are required for applying for a passport. Please read this information carefully before making an appointment to apply for your passport. Unfortunately, individual questions cannot be answered.

You can take passport photos for $ 5 at a machine operated by a private provider in the Consulate General. The machine only accepts cash and is not suitable for infants and small children under 4,3'.

Payments of fees up to a value of EUR 1,000 can be made by Visa and MasterCard credit cards. The payment process is processed in EUR. (The photo booth is excluded from this).

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Visa

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 international travel restrictions are currently in place. As of July 30th 2020 only the following travelers arriving from the USA are allowed to enter Germany:

  • citizens of the EU, the EEA, the UK, legal residents of Germany and their family members; Short-term trips for visiting families and relatives are now possible for up to 90 days.
  • students
  • 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.

If you fulfill these requirements, please book an appointment to submit your visa application in this category. Please be advised that applications can only be accepted from applicants who reside in the Consulate General's area of jursidiction. The Consulate General’s area of jurisdiction covers Connecticut (Fairfield County), New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Bermuda.

Please note that 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 your trip to Germany is urgent and cannot be postponed, please contact the visa section via the following email-address: visa@newy.diplo.de

In your email, please provide the following information:

  • your citizenship(s)
  • your current place of residence
  • purpose of travel
  • designated date of arrival and duration of stay in Germany / the Schengenarea
  • if you wish to visit other European countries on your trip: list of countries and amount of time you wish to spend there
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Citizenship Matters

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

Please note that German citizenship is usually automatically acquired through descent (especially when a child is born to German parents) unless the German parent was born outside of Germany after Dec 31st 1999. Therefore, there is usually no separate application needed to confirm German citizenship when a child is born to German parents in the US. The acquisition of German citizenship can usually be confirmed when applying for a passport for the child. Hence, please make an appointment in the category "German Passports / Identity Cards" in these cases.

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

Please be advised that copies for applications in citizenship matters will be notarized during your appointment. It is therefore not necessary to book a seperate appointment for certificatios or obtain certified copies by an US notary public in advance.

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Signature Certifications / Authentications

Certification of Signatures (e.g. for Powers of Attorney, Commercial Register Applications), Authentication of Photocopies

Not for Birth and Marriage registrations, Name declarations, life certificates, or citizenship matters. Not for identity verification for bank purposes! 

You will 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/08-Documents,CertificationsandApostille.

You may book an appointment here if

  • you need to have your signature certified for the use in Germany
    or
  • you need one or more certified true copies of documents for the use in Germany

 

The German Consulate General is not allowed to certify signatures or perform identity verifications to open a new account, for loan applications or similar cases. Read more

 

You require different legal services from the German Consulate General?

If -apart from having your signature certified or a photocopy notarized - you would like to apply for a passport or a visa on the same day, please make two separate appointments: one for the certification and one under category "German Passports" or "Visa" (see above)

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