Appointment and Interview

You will be instructed to schedule your interview appointment on your own after:

Please note that the Frankfurt Visa Branch (both nonimmigrant and immigrant) is not taking appointments the week of December 27 – 29.  Last available appointment for 2017 is December 22nd; first available appointment in the New Year is January 2, 2018.

Do not attempt to schedule an appointment before you are instructed to do so. An appointment request without authorization by the Consulate will be denied.

Please notify us immediately in case of:

  • An address change
  • Change of marital status
  • Death of petitioner
  • Birth or adoption of additional children


All applicants registered for immigration, including children, are required to visit the Consulate in person for a formal visa interview. Your interview will be held in either English or German.  If you do not speak/understand one of these languages, please make sure to bring someone with you who can translate for you into one of these languages.

Please bring the following with you to the interview:

  • Appointment letter/confirmation
  • Passport
  • Visa fee or payment receipt
  • Additional documents, if requested by the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt

We regret that due to the size of our waiting room, we are unable to accommodate friends or family members accompanying you who are not applying for visas, with the exception of U.S. citizen petitioners and parents of minor children. Plan to spend roughly 2-3 hours at the U.S. Consulate General.

If you use a wheelchair or motorized chair and need assistance, please have someone accompany you to your appointment.  

Please cancel your appointment if you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment.

When I Arrive at the Consulate/Embassy

Please arrive 15 minutes prior, but no earlier, to your scheduled appointment. When you arrive, you can expect to go through a security line similar to that at the airport and be screened for electronics and restricted objects.

Please carefully read the Consulate entry regulations and forbidden items information.

Visa Ineligibilities
If you have been advised by a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt  that you are inadmissible to the United States, and you are eligible to apply for a waiver of grounds of inadmissibility, please follow the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services waiver application instructions.

Administrative Processing

Some immigrant visa applicants (including ‘K’ visa applicants) may require additional administrative processing. While most administrative procedures occur prior to the final immigrant visa interview, in some instances additional processing may be required after the interview.   Though rare, these procedures may last several months, or longer; therefore, applicants should not make final travel plans until they have the approved immigrant visa in hand.

The Visa

Immigrant visas are normally valid for travel to the United States for six months from the date on which they are issued. The Immigrant Visa consists of:
  • a visa foil in your passport
  • a sealed envelope with all your personal documents (do NOT open this envelope!)
  • x-ray film/CD handed to you at the medical examination
If the visa interview was completed successfully, your visa will be mailed to you via Deutsche Post after you have registered online at  Your approved visa package should arrive within ten working days.  Should any issues or delays arise, we will contact you.
Before you may travel to the U.S. on your valid visa, you should arrange payment of the USCIS immigrant fee.  K visa holders do not have to pay this fee.
You must NOT register for ESTA travel, either as an immigrant visa holder or as a K visa holder.
If you are unable to use the visa before it expires, please return the complete package to the Immigrant Visa Unit in Frankfurt with a written explanation. Caution: Diversity Visa lottery winners may not be able to get their visas renewed/reissued.