Germany - USCIS Frankfurt Field Office

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ALERT: USCIS issued guidance (PDF, 315.53 KB), effective Feb 1, 2020, delegating authority to the Department of State (DOS) to accept and adjudicate a Form I-130 filed by a U.S. citizen petitioner for an immediate relative if the petitioner establishes exceptional circumstances or falls under blanket authorization criteria defined by USCIS. This guidance, which applies even in countries with a USCIS presence, can be found in the USCIS Policy Manual, Volume 6, Part B Chapter 3

As of Feb. 1, 2020, USCIS will no longer accept and adjudicate routine Form I-130 petitions at its remaining international field offices. Petitioners residing overseas who are unable to file with DOS must file Form I-130 by mail with the USCIS lockbox facility in Dallas or online using the USCIS website.

After Jan. 31, 2020, the USCIS Frankfurt Field Office will no longer process Form N-400, Form N-600, or Form N-600K for overseas military personnel and qualified family members. Beginning Feb. 1, 2020, the Washington Field Office in Fairfax, Virginia, will assume responsibility for these cases.

New N-400, N-600, or N-600K Cases Filed After Frankfurt Field Office Closure:

Please review the USCIS filing instructions on our website at, and  You must file these forms with the appropriate USCIS lockbox facilities.

N-400, N-600, and N-600K Cases Currently Pending with the Frankfurt Field Office:

If the USCIS Frankfurt Field Office is unable to complete adjudication of pending applications before the office closes on Jan. 31, 2020, it will transfer the pending cases to the Washington Field Office to complete processing and issue a Form I-797C, Notice of Action, to document the transfer.  Please refer to the Notice of Action for additional information or contact the Washington Field Office.

USCIS has a toll-free military help line, 877-CIS-4MIL (877-247-4645), TTY (800) 877-8339, and email address at exclusively for current members of the military and their families as well as veterans. Our representatives are available to answer calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central), excluding federal holidays.

Members of the U.S. armed forces and their families stationed in the U.S. or overseas may access the help line using the toll-free number through their base telephone operator or using the Defense Switched Network (DSN).

USCIS permanently closed its field office in Frankfurt, Germany, on Jan. 31, 2020. The U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt assumed responsibility for certain limited services previously provided by USCIS to individuals residing in Germany (see table below).

Individuals who were previously assisted by the USCIS Frankfurt Field Office (which includes individuals residing in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein) must follow these filing instructions:

Service/Form Filing Instructions

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

File your petition by mail with the USCIS lockbox facility in Dallas. You can find additional filing information on the Form I-130 webpage.

The U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt may accept a Form I-130 filed by a qualified U.S. military service member for any immediate relative case, when the active-duty military service member is stationed permanently 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.  To file Form I-130 at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, please use the following address:

U.S. Consulate Frankfurt
Attn: IV Unit I-130
30 Giessener Strasse
60435 Frankfurt am Main 

USCIS may authorize the Department of State to accept a petition filed with a U.S. Embassy or consulate in other limited circumstances (PDF, 60.52 KB).  To request to file Form I-130 at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, please send an email to

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

After Nov. 1, 2019, if you are a widow(er) of a U.S. citizen, please see the Form I-360 webpage for the most current filing instructions. 

You may file your Form I-360 at the U.S. embassy or consulate that has jurisdiction over the area where you live.

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

Beginning Nov 1, 2019, if you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR) who has lost your LPR card and/or reentry permit and you need travel documentation to return to the U.S., you can file your Form I-131A with any U.S. embassy consular section.

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

Submit your Form I-407 to the USCIS Eastern Forms Center.  You can find additional filing information on the Form I-407 webpage.

In very rare circumstances, a U.S. Embassy or consulate may allow you to submit a Form I-407 in person if you need immediate proof that you have abandoned your lawful permanent resident status.  The most common need for an expedited application is to apply for an A or G visa.

Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

You must file your petition with the USCIS Nebraska or Texas Service Centers, depending on where the petitioner lives in the United States. You can find additional filing information on the Form I-730 webpage.

For beneficiary interviews/processing, contact the U.S. Embassy consular section in the country where the beneficiary resides.

Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

After Jan. 31, 2020, if you are a member of the U.S. military stationed overseas, please see the Form N-400 webpage or call 800-375-5283 for the most current filing instructions.  For qualified children of active-duty service members stationed abroad, the proper form to file is the N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322.

Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition

You must file your Form I-600A application by mail with USCIS lockbox facility in Dallas. The USCIS National Benefits Center will process the application.  You may find additional information on the Form I-600A webpage

Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative

You may file your Form I-600 petition:

  • By mail with the USCIS lockbox facility in Dallas. The USCIS National Benefits Center will process your petition; or
  • In person with the appropriate U.S. Embassy or consulate in the adoptive child’s country of origin (if certain criteria are met).

You may find updated information on the Form I-600 webpage on the USCIS website.

General information about the U.S. Consulate Frankfurt is available on the Consulate website. You may also contact the Consulate by mailing:

U.S. Consulate Frankfurt
Giessener Str. 30
60435 Frankfurt am Main
Federal Republic of Germany

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If you have a question about a pending application or petition, you can send USCIS a secure message through your USCIS online account.  Creating an account is easy.

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

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