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Do I need 2 appointments renew the passports of my 2 children?

by Michael

Question: We have two children under 16 years old who were born in the US and do have a American passports but are now living with us in Germany. Their passports have expired by now. I am planning to travel into the US in summer and would like to extend the passports for both of them.

Do I need 2 appointments or is one appointment sufficient? If we need 2 appointments, can they be scheduled consecutively? As both parents need to be present, is it possible that the father appears with one child and the mother with the second child?

In addition, I would like to arrange for an extended stay of 6 months for my 15-year-old daughter so that she can stay with a US family and visit a high school. I do have written consent from the guest family and the guest school.

I assume that she can stay on her US passport and does not need a visa. Is this correct?

Answer: If the passports have already expired then they need to be renewed before traveling to the United States. They can only enter the U.S. with valid passports.

This can be done at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general. Besides the embassy in Berlin, the U.S. has consular agencies in Bremen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig and Munich. Information about hours of operation and appointments can be found on the embassy website.

U.S. Embassy in Berlin - Passports for Minors

Both parents must appear with minor children when applying for a passport or one parent must appear and submit a notarized consent form from the non-applying parent.

American citizens who possess a valid U.S. passport do not need a visa in order to enter and remain in the United States.

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