USA Immigration and Visa

USA Immigration and Visa

Travelers who want to take up paid or unpaid work in the US, plan a stay of more than 90 days, or take part in a school or university exchange program, require a visa, even if they are citizens of one of the countries affiliated with the Visa Waiver Program. The different visas and the social security number required in this context are presented below. Visit campingship for United States Travel Guide.

USA immigration

Embassy USA in Germany
For Visa interviews & American Citizen Services:
Consular Department
Clayallee 170
14195 Berlin

Tel.: (030) 832-9233
Fax: (030) 8305-1215

American consulates general in Germany

Embassy USA in Austria
Boltzmanngasse 16
A-1090 Vienna

Tel.: (+ 43-1) 313 39-0
Fax: (+ 43-1) 310 06 82
E-Mail: [email protected]

Embassy USA in Switzerland
Sulgeneckstrasse 19
CH-3007 Bern

Tel.: (031) 357 70 11
Fax: (031) 357 73 98
E-Mail: [email protected]

German Embassy in USA
2300 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

Tel.: (+1 202) 298 4000
FAX: (+1 202) 298 42 49
E-Mail: [email protected]

Swiss Embassy and Consulate in the USA
Embassy of Switzerland
2900 Cathedral Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tel.: +1 (202) 745-7900
Fax: +1 (202) 387-2564
E-Mail: [email protected]

Austrian Consulate in the USA (Honorary Consulate)
200 Suite 200, Republic Building
1454 NW 17th Ave
Miami, FL 33125

Tel.: (+1 305) 325-1561
Email: [email protected]

German-American Chamber of Commerce
German American Chamber of Commerce Inc.
75 Broad Street, 21 F
NEW YORK, NY 10004-2489

Tel.: +1 212 974 8830
Fax: +1 212 974 8867
E-Mail: [email protected]

Contact addresses and links

American Consulate General Düsseldorf
Willi-Becker-Allee 10
40227 Düsseldorf

Tel: (0211) 788-8927
Fax: (0211) 788-8938
In emergencies outside of opening hours:
(030) 8305-0
Opening hours 9 am-12pm, Monday to Friday.
Closed on German and American public holidays

American Consulate General Frankfurt
Gießener Straße 30
60435 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: (069) 7535-0
Fax: (069) 7535-2277
Closed on German and American public holidays

Customs information (Department of Homeland Security)
Tel: (069) 7535-3876
Fax: (069) 7535-3780
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed on German and American public holidays

American Consulate General Hamburg
Alsterufer 27/28
20354 Hamburg

Tel: (040) 411 71-100
In emergencies outside of opening hours:
(040) 411 71-300
Fax: (040) 41 32 79 33
Closed on German and American public holidays

American Consulate General Leipzig
Wilhelm-Seyfferth-Straße 4
04107 Leipzig

Tel: (0341) 213-840
In emergencies outside of the opening times:
(0341) 213-8413
Opening times 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday
Closed on German and American public holidays

American Consulate General Munich, Koeniginstrasse
80539 Munich

Tel: (089) 2888-0
Fax: (089) 280-9998
Opening times 1-4pm, Monday to Friday
Closed on German and American public holidays

General information, applicable to all visa applications

Medical examination: Before the visa interview, applicants must make an appointment for the medical examination with one of the recognized medical officers. The results are valid for 6 months. List of doctors as PDF:

The following documents must be brought to the doctor’s appointment:

  • Valid passport
  • 4 photos
  • Evidence of vaccination
  • Fee for the examination (depending on the doctor)
  • Medical history (disabilities, diseases)
  • Maternity pass if you are pregnant

The Interview: A consular officer will interview you and the consular officer will decide whether you are eligible to obtain an immigrant visa under U.S. immigration law. In general, all original documents and translations will be returned to you at the time of the interview.

Immigrant visas are generally issued for 6 months from the date of the medical examination. It is advised to wait until you receive your immigrant visa with your travel plans as there may be delays. All required original forms, documents and medical examination evidence must be brought with you to the interview.

Vaccination Requirements: United States Immigration Act requires immigrant visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations prior to issuing immigrant visas. A list of required vaccinations and additional information is available at

Fees: Fees must be paid for every immigrant regardless of age and are non-refundable. Fees should not be paid to the NVC or paid at the US embassy or consulate where you will have your visa interview unless specifically requested. You will receive instructions from the NVC as to where and when the relevant fees are to be paid. Do not send payments to NVC’s Portsmouth, New Hampshire address. A list of the current fees can be found at and on

You must pay the USCIS immigration fee of US $ 220.00 per applicant to the US Immigration Service (USCIS) after you receive your immigrant visa and before you travel to the United States.

In the event of changes – If the following things change, the embassy must be informed immediately:

  • Change of address
  • Change of relationship status
  • Death of the petitioner / sponsor
  • Birth or adoption of children

A detailed list of the required documents can be found under the following link as a PDF:
sample copy of the online form DS-260 as a PDF can be found at
There is a on YouTube Video (in English) with helpful information:
Checklist as PDF with all the documents you need to bring to the interview:


Each embassy or consulate has its own requirements (e.g. registering with the courier service) when it comes to processing visas. It is advisable to check this beforehand. List of embassies and consulates:

A visa is not a guarantee of entry into the United States. The customs officer decides whether or not to allow or deny entry. The Green Card is issued as soon as you pay the fees and are accepted as a permanent resident.

USA Immigration and Visa