Visa application / entry requirements: USA


Please inform yourself about the current entry situatio, entry requirements may change at short notice. Click here for information of the Federal Foreign Office

! UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, APPOINTMENTS TO APPLY FOR US VISAS ONLY WITH EXCEPTION !

NEWS 

July 2021
All NIE permits are now valid for one year and multiple entries from the date of issue (also for previously issued NIE).

How to get an NIE with SERVISUM please see older news from July 2020.

For more information click here.

A list of those who dont need an NIE can be found on this page: click here

June 2021
Due to the high volume of travel to the USA, a NIE application time of at least 2 weeks is currently to be expected. Please be sure to plan for this in your travel arrangements.

March 2021
New guidelines for issuing NIE permits. See here.
The German company's declaration letter should indicate that the company is active in a critical infrastructure sector, which are listed by CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency): https://www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors

Since 26 January 2021
Travellers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (not older than 3 days) or a medical clearance certificate upon entry.

Since July 2020
The consular sections of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates may grant so-called National Interest Exceptions (NIE) - exceptions for entry into the U.S. With these NIE, entry into the USA is possible for business travelers with a valid visa/ESTA. Visa applications are also processed again for certain visa categories in conjunction with a NIE.

An application for the NIE approval (with or without ESTA or visa) can be made through SERVISUM.

You will need to send us these documents by e-mail:

- a signed COVID 19 - Health Certificate (download here)
- this additional questionnaire
- copy of your passport (first double page)
- a letter of explanation from your employer (download a sample here)
- letter of invitation from US company

and

If you also need a visa/ESTA:
- the usual documents for visa or ESTA (listed on the right in the black boxes)

If you already have an ESTA or visa and only want the NIE approval:
- a copy of your current visa/ESTA
- the SERVISUM order form (download here)

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AUTHORITY

SERVISUM Berlin

all German States, independent of residence


German citizen have to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) at least 72 h prior departure. The application has to be made online: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ 

+++ PLEASE NOTE CURRENT NEWS FROM WASHINGTON! +++


Information for dual-nationals here.

 

ESTA


Citizen of these countrys take part at the Visa Waiver Programme and may apply for an ESTA:

Andorra
Australien
Austria
Belgium
Brunei
Chile
Czech. Rep.
Denmark

Estionia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland

Italy
Japan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Monaco
Netherlands

New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Rep. Malta
San Marino
Singapore
Slovakia

Slovenia
Soth Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
United Kingdom


ATTENTION:

  • only electronic, biometric passports that are issued after 1st of November 2005 will be accepted for the ESTA registration.

  • If you have been in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and or North Korea since 1 March 2011, an ESTA is not possible for you and you need to apply for a visa. More information.

VISA


Travelers that are not authorized for ESTA have to apply for a visa in any case. You can apply for a visa in Berlin, Frankfurt or Munich. The application must be in person at the US Consular Section.

A second pass (without entry stamp of the above mentioned countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, etc.) does not solve the problem, because it can not be excluded that airlines forward the passenger data to the Homeland Security Ministry of the USA. The visa application is made electronically via: https://de.usembassy.gov/de/ 

An appointment must be made.


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ESTA form

Do you have troubles with the online ESTA application form?

We'll help you!

Please fill out the following form, send it back with a copy of your passport via mail and we apply for your ESTA.


fees per applicant:
13
,00 € (ESTA fee)
+ 47,60 € (SERVISUM fee, incl. VAT)
+ optionally 178,50 € (NIE approval)
plus administration fee (4,50 €, incl. VAT) per order

ESTA Form

appointment order form

We'll help you to fill out your visa application form, arrange an appointment for you and lay out the fees.

Please fill out the following form and send us all documents via mail to us-visum@servisum.de

  • Form DS160 (download here)
  • scan of passport (page with personal data)
  • passport photograph (american size, as JPG, min. 600 x 600 pxl, max. 1200 x 1200 pxl)
  • FOR BUSINESS: letter of the company you are working with (in english, with duration of stay, position in the company, name of company in USA, as PDF) (sample)

fees per applicant:
152,00 € (visa fee, B1/B2 visa for German citizen)
+ 178,50 € (Servisum fee, incl. VAT)
+ optionally 59,50 € (NIE approval)

Please save the PDF file on your computer before completing.

Form