How to enter the American Consulate in Frankfurt

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ha-ha, americans will never feel safe again they#ll prbably end up shotting each other

 

We shot each other each night at our favorite watering holes, as a matter of fact.

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I just had my US visa interview at the Frankfurt consulate on Friday. And it was pretty smooth ! Helps if you can leave behind all the prohibited (electronics, coins, etc) stuff in the car, saves you time at the security check. But it was a long wait of 2-3 hours (though the interview & other formalities lasted less than 20 minutes) before you can finish and leave.

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My husband and I visited the US Consulate yesterday. It's true, leave all electronics including cell phones in your car or in the kiosk down the street before you arrive. We both had made appointments about a month in advance, mine was to be at 8:00am my husband's at 8:30. We arrived at 7:30 (the time posted that Passport Services opened) and stood in line outside for about 20 minutes to receive our number. We stood in line another few minutes outside before being escorted inside to security. After security we were directed to proceed to Passport Services where around 50 people were already waiting. We discovered very quickly that it did not matter if we had an appointment or not, you wait until your number is called. Our number was finally called after about 2 and 1/2 hours of waiting. We had our forms filled out: one for a passport renewal with name change and one for additional pages. This expedited our process exponentially. I will say the staff were extremely friendly and professional despite the extreme stress they must have been under. We left around 11am with still quite a few people waiting. I would still suggest making an appointment as they check names off a list before you even receive a number, so this may help you in the long run. And be sure to have ALL of your paperwork completed beforehand.

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A wittle bit off topic, but at least the Frankfurt one is not like the US Embassy in Beijing. I was 12 at the time and lived a street away from a park. Along the way was the UK, US, Albanian, North Korean and a bunch of other ones I don't remember. One afternoon I was walking home at a normal pace, not carrying anything, and there was nothing going on, and a security guard yelled at me to get off the sidewalk in front of the embassy! At first I thought I didn't hear him right. After all I was a fucking kid, an American at that, but sure enough. Not wanting to get shot I went across the street to the UK side. What a fright it was.

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Does anyone know if the little kiosk near the consulate is still there, who will hold your electronics while you go in (for a fee, of course)? That worked out well last time, but it was a few years back, so I was just wondering if I can plan for the same situation this time.

 

Also, has anyone had experience bringing an extra person into the consulate with them? Do they even allow that? (Haven't found anything on their website, but my suspicion would be that the answer is no.) I'll be with my friend who doesn't need consular services, and depending on the weather, don't necessarily want to leave him out in the rain--although at least then he could hold the umbrella, since those are also on the do-not-bring list.

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I think you might be talking about the old consulate in the Westend. The new consulate doesn't seem to have anything around it.

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No, that applies to the new one. The kiosk is still there, near the U-Bahn stop. And I don't think anyone who doen't have any business of their own to attend to is let in. I think there's a McDonald's nearby, on Friedberger Landstraße, but no cafés to keep dry.

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Probably never noticed as I always go there by car and leave my stuff inside the trunk. There is nothing directly in front of the new consulate and across the street is a park. I remember leaving my stuff at the old consulate at the kiosk at the U-Bahn station in the Westend.

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That isn't a park across the street, it is the Hauptfriedhof. More of a permanent park you could say.

 

There are places for people to wait though. Over by the Friedberger Warte, there is a large Tegut with a cafe' attached. Across the street is the IB Hotel and they also have a restaurant, cafe' inside.

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Dear All, I am having Visa interview at Berlin consulate tomorrow at 9:45. As I am coming from Hamburg, I would like to know about the storage for mobile phones and backpack? Are there some lockers available at Berlin consulate or should I try the U bahn shop mentioned in the thread? What about the appointment timings? Should I need to be present few minutes earlier than appointment time? I plan to arrive to Berlin Hbf around 8:30. So reaching in time will be little difficult!

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@ neoanderson2009

 

The information posted on this thread is about visiting the US Consulate in Frankfurt am Main.

 

If you are going to be going to Berlin tomorrow morning and still need information before you get there you should search for a suitable thread or open a new topic in the Life in Berlin forum. Incidentally I think you are confusing the issue by referring to a "Berlin consulate".

 

In Berlin, as in the capital cities of most countries, the official representative office of any foreign government is normally an embassy and not a consulate. If you are planning to have a Visa interview at 09:45am and need to find out about their security procedures and the availability of locker space etc. I suggest you navigate to the correct Embassy page from this link; U.S. Department of State - Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Missions and then look there for 'information for visitors to the US Embassy in Berlin'.

 

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In Berlin, as in the capital cities of most countries, the official representative office of any foreign government is normally an embassy and not a consulate.

 

No. Embassy doesn't deal with visa/passport matters, not even in a capital, consulate is always responsible for this. However, US Consulate in Berlin is located in the same building as embassy indeed:

http://germany.usembassy.gov/visa/news/

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Thanks for replies.If I read between threads, Berlin consulate also discussed and the shop in the U bahn mentioned!. Thats why i thought of getting update regarding the locker or the shop. I will try to post my queries in berlin forum also

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I have a question about renewing a passport.   My son has an expired youth passport and since he is now 21, he needs an adult one.  He has had a terrible time trying to reach a live person on the phone.  Does he an appointment as a citizen?  He has a valid German one but wants to go to the States this summer.  Their hours seem to be very limited.   Can he simply go there and apply for an emergency one if   he can't get a proper one in time?

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2 hours ago, Thekla said:

I have a question about renewing a passport.   My son has an expired youth passport and since he is now 21, he needs an adult one.  He has had a terrible time trying to reach a live person on the phone.  Does he an appointment as a citizen?  He has a valid German one but wants to go to the States this summer.  Their hours seem to be very limited.   Can he simply go there and apply for an emergency one if   he can't get a proper one in time?

Hi Thekla 

I also have to renew my passport. If you are in Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin you must schedule an appointment for ALL services here: https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=FRN&appcode=1/ Also, you need to bring with you a Pre-Paid DHL Deutsche Post’s Express Easy envelope (DHL). so they can mail it back to you. Yes, the hours are limited between 7.30-11.30 Monday-Friday.  It's a government agency and every US consulate I've been to has about the same hours, sometimes they might have be open until 2-2.30. Worst than banking hours. For more details..https://de.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/renewing-an-adult-passport/.  Good Luck

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As an update on the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, I had an appointment this morning with the Federal Benefits Unit.  I was in and out in less than 20 minutes and I doubt the process to enter the facility could have been smoother, and my German wife accompanied me as a guest.  She didn't have to show any ID, but I had to produce my passport and a printed copy of the appointment confirmation.

 

I went to the CAC-1 entrance because I had an appointment, so I can't speak to the experiences at the other entrance.  However, the guards there will store cell phones and other personal electronic devices (PED) in small numbered bins as long as the device can be turned off.  One person brought his Fitbit watch and was refused storage because he couldn't verify it was turned off.

 

When the guard puts the PED in a bin, he or she gives the visitor a laminated number to retrieve the PED when exiting the facility.  When the bins are full, no more PED storage until someone leaves and frees up a bin.  I think there were 30 bins at the CAC-1 entrance.

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