Online appointment system for visa applications
Starting from 19 September 2016, all visa applicants are required to book their appointments through our FREE online system.
Please note every applicant must book a separate time slot. For example, a family of 5 has to book 5 time slots if they all want to apply for a visa. Families and groups may book different time slots on one day, but will be interviewed within one time frame if possible.
Once you have made an appointment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your reference number, date and time of your appointment.
Please be on time for your scheduled appointment. If you arrive late, you will not be admitted.
We recommend you read the information below carefully in order to be fully prepared for your appointment.
If you do not have all the required documents with you on your appointment, you will have to schedule a new appointment through the online system.
All applications must be submitted in person.
If you wish to cancel your scheduled appointment, you will have to wait 24 hours after cancellation until the system allows you to book a new appointment.
Online appointment system
In a Federal Convention election held in Berlin on 12 February 2017, former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier - new Federal President
International Traineeship of the Deutsche Welle in Germany
DW Akademie is looking for open-minded, creative young people from all over the world interested in a comprehensive, exceptional quality journalism programme with an international broadcaster.
The bilingual DW traineeship is targeted at both English native speakers with a working knowledge of German and German native speakers with an excellent working knowledge of English. Native speakers of any of the 30 DW programme languages are invited to apply as well.
Applications will be accepted via an online application system between 2 January and 17 February 2017.
The next traineeship will start in September 2017. Successful candidates will be based in Bonn and Berlin.
Further information about the traineeship can be found in the following link or in the attachment:
DW Traineeship - International Journalism Training Programme [pdf, 165.12k]
German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018
On 1 January 2017, Germany and Moroccot took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin.
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Increasing difficulty for European companies to open bank accounts in Hong Kong
In view of the increasing difficulty for European companies, especially start-ups and new operators, to open bank accounts in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) stresses that customers must be treated fairly and no legitimate companies should be rejected from opening bank accounts in Hong Kong. It is encouraged that companies file complaints with the HKMA's Complaints Handling Centre when their applications for bank accounts are rejected. Complaints can be lodged via the HKMA link below:
Hong Kong Monetary Authority