Germany - USCIS Frankfurt Field Office

Romerberg Square, FrankfurtGeographic Jurisdiction

USCIS Frankfurt is in the Europe, Middle East and Africa District and has jurisdiction over U.S. immigration matters in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

Public hours

By appointment only.  Appointments must be made online. Our public information phone number is +49-69-7535-2233.

The office is closed on German and American holidays.

Appointments

Although we accept most filings by mail, if you need to visit our office for certain services you need to make an online appointment.

Walk-Ins

USCIS Frankfurt does not accept walk-ins.

Fee Payment Information

You must pay the Form I-131A fee online. For all other applications and petitions that you submit to this office, you must pay the fees using a U.S. Cashier’s Check, U.S. Dollar Money Order, or International Bank Draft  in U.S. Dollars made payable to:  U.S. Department Homeland Security. (Print your name and address on reverse side of check)

 

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Office Services

Click on the tabs below for additional information on each service. For a complete explanation of the fees, required forms and documentation associated with the forms that we may accept directly at this office, click on the form name within the tab. To see if there are any special instructions for filing at this office, please see the information under Filing and Other Special Instructions” within each tab.

Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

To establish your relationship to a relative who wishes to immigrate to the United States.

Who May File or Receive Service:

U.S. citizens residing in Germany filing on behalf of their spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21 or parent (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age or older).

U.S. citizens residing in this field office’s jurisdiction but outside of Germany may file with the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate having jurisdiction over the U.S. citizen's place of residence if the USCIS Frankfurt field office director determines that there are exceptional circumstances.

Active duty U.S. Military: Active duty U.S. military service members stationed permanently at a military base in USCIS Frankfurt's jurisdiction, but outside of Germany, may file this form directly with the Department of State without needing to establish exceptional circumstances.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

Through October 31, 2019

Residents of Germany filing with USCIS Frankfurt must submit the petition and supporting evidence by mail.  Petitions are adjudicated in the order in which they are received.  You may use our Form I-130 Petition Checklist (PDF, 386 KB) or Form I-130 Petition Checklist for Members of the Armed Forces (PDF, 380 KB) to help ensure you submit a complete application package.

Evidence of residency must be submitted with the petition.  The evidence you submit must support a determination that you are a resident in Germany.  Please note that certain pieces of evidence may more strongly support a finding of residency than others.  For petitions filed at this field office, you must submit one or more of the following:

  • Residence Permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis); or
  • Residence Registration (Anmeldebestätigung)
  • U.S. Military orders – Please do not wait until you are being reassigned to the United States to file the Form I-130, this will ensure your family can accompany you.

In addition, other evidence of residency may include, but is not limited to:

  • Housing lease in your name
  • Work contract or other employment documents
  • Proof of local registration
  • Bank statements in your name
  • Proof of school enrollment
  • Vehicle registration
  • Valid local driver’s license
  • Tax documents
  • Foreign property deeds or registration (although proof of property ownership in itself, may be insufficient if there is no evidence that the petitioner resides at that property)

Any document issued in a foreign language must be accompanied by a full English translation and must include  the translator's certification that he or she is competent to translate the foreign language into English. The original documents, with one copy, and the English translation should be submitted with the petition.  Any original documents submitted upon USCIS’ request will be returned.

If you live outside of Germany in a country where we do not have an office, and you believe that exceptional circumstances justify filing your petition overseas, please go to the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate to make your request to file. You must provide evidence of exceptional circumstances. The consular section will contact the field office director to request permission to accept your petition overseas. If your request is denied, you will need to file with the Dallas Lockbox.

Petitions from lawful permanent residents and petitions for relatives of U.S. citizens other than those mentioned in the "Who May File or Receive Service" section must be filed with the Dallas Lockbox.

Beginning November 1, 2019

Beginning November 1, 2019, you must file your petition by mail with the USCIS Lockbox in Dallas. You can find additional filing information on the Form I-130 webpage.

The U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt may accept Form I-130 if you are:

  • A qualified active-duty U.S. military service member with an immediate relative case; and
  • Permanently stationed at a military base in Germany.

This exception does not apply to service members assigned to non-military bases, such as embassies or civilian institutions, or to service members on temporary duty orders.

We may also authorize the Department of State to accept a petition filed with a U.S. embassy or consulate in some other limited circumstances (PDF, 61 KB).

To request to file Form I-130 at the U.S. Consulate in Germany, please visit the embassy’s website.

Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (Refugee Travel Document)

Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (Refugee Travel Document), Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

To return to the United States after travel abroad.

Who May File or Receive Service:

Individuals within USCIS Frankfurt's jurisdiction with valid refugee or asylee status (or lawful permanent residents who obtained such status by adjusting from refugee or asylee status in the United States) who departed the United States within the past year.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

You should file this application in the United States before you depart. The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) District, which oversees USCIS Frankfurt, also has jurisdiction to accept and approve refugee travel document applications.

Please Note: If you have a pending domestically filed refugee travel document application, or if you currently possess a valid refugee travel document, you are not eligible to apply for the document abroad.

If you are in USCIS Frankfurt’s jurisdiction, you may apply for a Refugee Travel Document with the EMEA District Office located in Rome, Italy. File Form I-131, Application for Travel Document by mail or in person using an InfoPass appointment. You must be fingerprinted using Form FD258. Fingerprints can be taken at U.S. Embassies or U.S. Consulates but check in advance to make an appointment for those services. The EMEA District Office will take your fingerprints if you live in Italy.

You can also email the EMEA District Office at: USCIS.Rome@uscis.dhs.gov for more information.

Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)

Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)

Purpose:

To allow lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who do not have a Green Card or reentry permit to apply for a travel document (carrier documentation) that permits a transportation carrier to allow them to board a flight or vessel to the United States without penalty.

Who May File or Receive Service:

You may apply for carrier documentation if you are an LPR and:

  • You are returning from temporary international travel of less than one year and your Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card or Form I-551) has been lost, stolen, or destroyed.
  • You are returning from temporary international travel of less than two years and your reentry permit (Form I-327) has been lost, stolen, or destroyed.

We will measure the length of your absence from the United States from the time you departed the U.S. to the time you pay the fee for filing Form I-131A.

If you are an LPR with an expired Green Card, you may not need to file a Form I-131A. You should check with your airline or vessel before filing a Form I-131A.

Although regulations generally require an LPR to travel with a valid Green card, CBP policy permits a transportation carrier bound for the United States to board an LPR without carrier documentation if you:

  • Are an LPR who has an expired Green Card that was issued with a 10-year expiration date, or
  • Are an LPR with an expired Green Card with a two-year expiration date AND you also have a Form I-797, Notice of Action, for Form I-751 or Form I-829 to remove the conditions on your permanent resident status. The Notice of Action extends the validity of the Green Card for a specified length of time, generally 12 to 18 months.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

You may file in person at this office by making an online appointment.  We aim to process applications for carrier documentation within two weeks. The document will be valid for no more than 30 days and cannot be extended.

Before appearing at this office to file a Form I-131A, you must pay the filing fee for this form online using the USCIS online payment system. You may pay the fee with your credit or debit card or U.S. bank account. When you appear in person to file Form I-131A, you must bring evidence that you paid the fee, such as a printed copy of your payment confirmation page or a printed copy of your emailed receipt. As with all immigration fees, we do not issue refunds, regardless of the decision on the application.

If there is an international USCIS office or an embassy or consulate closer to where you are traveling, contact that office or visit its website to verify whether they process the Form I-131A and for instructions on how to file.

Child Born Abroad to an LPR

If you are an LPR mother and your child is born abroad during your temporary absence from the United States, your child may enter the United States without a visa before he or she turns two years old if your child is accompanied by their LPR mother or LPR father on their first return to the United States. CBP’s guidance indicates that an airline may board a child in this situation. If an airline refuses to board your child without carrier documentation, we can issue a transportation letter. You do not need to file Form I-131A or pay a fee for this service. Please contact this USCIS office for additional information.

If your child does not come to the United States when you, the LPR parent, first return to the United States, consult the U.S. Consulate or this USCIS office about the availability of an immigrant visa for your child.

If your child was conceived via Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and the LPR mother is not the genetic or legal gestational mother of the child, the child may not be eligible for a transportation letter. Please contact this USCIS office for additional information.

Outside the U.S. For More than One Year

If you have been outside of the United States for more than one year without a reentry permit (or more than two years with a reentry permit), you will need to either seek a returning resident visa (SB-1) with the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate or U.S. Embassy nearest to you, or consult with the USCIS office that has jurisdiction over the country in which you are traveling about an alternative travel document.

For information about maintaining your residency receiving your Green Card, see our After a Green Card is Granted page.

    Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

    Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    For international offices, this form is usually filed by widow(er)s applying for certain benefits granted to various special categories of individuals eligible for immigration.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Widow(er) of a deceased U.S. citizen. The widow(er) must currently reside in Germany.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    Through October 31, 2019

    You must file by mail, an interview may be required.

    Beginning November 1, 2019

    You may file your Form I-360 at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt.  To request to file Form I-360 at the U.S. Consulate, please visit the embassy’s website.

    Form N-400, Application for Naturalization (For Military Abroad)

    Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    To apply for U.S. citizenship.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Members of the U.S. military stationed overseas and their qualifying family members who reside in USCIS Frankfurt’s jurisdiction.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    USCIS Frankfurt Field Office processes naturalization and citizenship applications only for overseas military personnel and their qualifying family members.

    You cannot file Forms N-400, N-600, or N-600K directly with the USCIS Frankfurt Field Office. You must file these forms with the appropriate USCIS Lockbox facility. Please see the Form N-400, Form N‑600, or Form N-600K webpage or call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 for the most current filing instructions. If you are an active duty military member on orders abroad or a qualifying family member, USCIS will forward your application to the appropriate international office if you are eligible for processing abroad. 

    If you are an active duty military member on orders abroad or a qualifying family member, you can find more information about who qualifies for naturalization or citizenship on our Citizenship for Family Members page.  If you are an active duty military member living outside the U.S. and your child is on your official orders, you may be eligible to file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship or Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 for your child.  If you are eligible to file Form N-600K, your child may complete the entire naturalization process abroad. Please also see our Policy Manual for quick reference charts and information on overseas naturalization benefits for qualifying spouses and children of U.S. military personnel.

    Additionally, U.S. military members may email militaryinfo@uscis.dhs.gov to:

    • Ask questions about filing Form N-400, Form N-600K, or Form N-600;
    • Request overseas processing of a pending Form N-400, Form N-600K, or Form N-600; or
    • Change your address of record for a pending Form N-400, Form N-600K, or Form N-600.

    USCIS does not use this email address to respond to questions about any other USCIS forms. For questions or requests related to all other USCIS forms, call the toll-free Military Help Line at 877-CIS-4MIL (877-247-4645).

    Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

    Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    To voluntarily abandon your lawful permanent resident (LPR) status/turn in your Green Card.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Any individual who wishes to abandon his or her permanent resident status and give up his or her Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    You can submit this form by mail to:

    For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

    USCIS Eastern Forms Center
    Attn: I-407 Unit
    PO Box 567
    Williston, VT 05495

    For FedEX, UPS, DHL or other express/registered deliveries:

    USCIS Eastern Forms Center
    Attn: I-407 Unit
    124 Leroy Road
    Williston, VT 05495

    You will need to turn in your Permanent Resident Card, if available, along with any other travel documents issued by USCIS. Do not submit any non-USCIS issued documents such as a state-issued driver’s license or a Social Security card. For additional information on how to submit your form, please visit the Form I-407 webpage.

    Forms I-407 received at the USCIS international offices after July 1, 2019, will be transferred directly to Eastern Form Center (EFC). If you have questions regarding Form I-407  please contact USCIS Contact Center.   

    Form I-590, Registration for Classification as a Refugee

    Form I-590, Registration for Classification as a Refugee

    Purpose:

    To determine eligibility for refugee status.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Individuals who have been referred for refugee resettlement through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

    This form is not accepted at any international USCIS office.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    If you have questions about eligibility for a referral for refugee resettlement, please contact the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) through the information on the UNHCR website.

    This field office is unable to directly receive refugee resettlement applications. For general information and processing criteria please see USCIS’ information about the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program or the Department of State’s website on refugee admissions.

    Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

    Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    If you are a refugee or asylee, you file this to petition for your relative to join you in the United States.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Refugees or asylees file this application in the United States for their qualifying relatives living abroad.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    Please see the Form I-730 form page for filing instructions. If the beneficiary of a Form I-730 filed with a USCIS service center resides in Germany, the petition will be transferred to our office prior to approval.  We will contact you, the petitioning relative and any representative of record to initiate processing and gather additional information and documents, once we have received the Form I-730 from the appropriate USCIS service center.

    Please Note: It is important to notify this office if the beneficiary’s contact information listed on Form I-730 has changed. You should inform us of any such changes by submitting your change via phone or email to this office. Due to customs delays, it may take up to two months for a Form I-730 forwarded by a USCIS service center to reach this office. Contact this office for case status inquiries only when more than two months have passed since you received a Form I-730 Approval or Transfer Notice from the service center and you have not received any correspondence from USCIS during that two month period.

    Collection of Re-entry Permit

    Collection of Re-entry Permit

    Purpose:

    To pick-up a re-entry permit that was approved through the filing of a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, allowing lawful permanent residents to return to the United States after travel abroad in certain circumstances.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    For those who have submitted an application for a re-entry permit through the filing of a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document in the United States and have requested that the re-entry permit be sent to the U.S. Consulate/USCIS in Frankfurt.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    This office does not adjudicate re-entry permits. If the applicant provided an overseas mailing address on the Form I-131 application, USCIS Frankfurt will contact the applicant once the re-entry permit has arrived and is ready for collection. If you did not provide an overseas contact address on your application or you believe that the permit has been sent to USCIS Frankfurt and you have not heard from us, you may send an inquiry to uscis.Frankfurt@uscis.dhs.gov.

    If you requested that your reentry permit be sent to the U.S. Embassy in Berlin or another U.S. Consulate in Germany, you must contact the Consular Section at those locations directly.

    Instructions on how to obtain or replace a re-entry permit are found at How Do I Get a Re-Entry Permit.

    Fingerprint Collection

    Fingerprint Collection

    Purpose:

    To support certain applications and petitions pending with a USCIS international office and, in some cases, domestic office.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Generally, individuals residing in Germany may request biometrics (e.g., fingerprints and photographs) collection associated with the following forms after USCIS has requested biometrics in association with the adjudication of that form type:

    Notes for Active Duty Military:

    If you are an active duty military service member or dependent stationed abroad and are filing:

    Then:

    Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

    You may have your fingerprints taken on a military base and do not need to appear at a USCIS office for a biometrics appointment.

    Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

    The Conditional Lawful Permanent Resident (CLPR) does not need to attend a biometrics appointment. Instead your military base point of contact (POC) can take the CLPR’s fingerprints on a fingerprint card which you may include when mailing the petition in to a USCIS office in the United States.

    Note: Dependents must include the USCIS biometrics fee when filing the Form N-400, even if your fingerprints were taken on the U.S. military base.

    For All Other Forms Not Listed Above:

    Biometrics collection is usually scheduled at an Application Support Center (ASC) based on the applicant’s address of record.

    In rare circumstances, field office directors may use their discretion to collect biometrics that were initially scheduled to be taken in the United States. When deciding whether to collect biometrics at an international field office, field office director's will take into account resource constraints, and also consider appropriate supporting evidence the applicant provides as well as the following factors:

    • An appointment notice showing that biometrics collection was scheduled at a domestic USCIS office;
    • Evidence of extenuating circumstances that would require the individual to depart the United States before having his or her biometrics collected as indicated in the appointment notice. For example, these circumstances might include, but are not limited to, the need to assist a critically ill family member, an unexpected immediate job transfer, or other urgent need; and
    • Evidence that the applicant requested an expedited or rescheduled appointment at an ASC before leaving the United States and, if not, an explanation of the reasons for failing to request an expedited or rescheduled appointment.

    For Those Residing Abroad:

    • Evidence of the compelling circumstances or hardship that would prevent the applicant or petitioner from traveling back to the United States for an ASC appointment. Generally, the expense of traveling back to the United States would not, in itself, be considered a hardship. Because of the small number of staff in our international offices, you may experience a delay in appointment availability for biometrics collection.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    You can contact USCIS Frankfurt to determine whether you are eligible to have your biometrics captured at this office or for further information.

    *Note: The available fingerprinting services noted above are only applicable if you live in a country with a USCIS office.

    **Note: USCIS international offices do not handle visa processing for T or U visas. However, they do assist T visa applicants and U visa petitioners with biometric services relating to the underlying Form I-914 or Form I-918 processed by a USCIS domestic office. The U.S. Department of State’s Consular Section handles visa processing.

    Request for Review of a Denial of Refugee Status

    Request for Review of a Denial of Refugee Status

    Purpose:

    To request review of a denial of an application for refugee status (Form I-590).

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Individuals who have applied for and been denied refugee status through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    You can file by mail with the international field office with jurisdiction over your refugee case or submit to the Resettlement Support Center (RSC) that prepared your refugee case.

    For information on other immigration benefits, please visit uscis.gov. For your convenience, we have provided links to information on some commonly asked about services:

    Visas

    For in-depth information about visas, please check the Visa Services section of the Department of State’s website.

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