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Sallie and I had an excellent experience with the French Consulate in Houston, TX. The appointment was quick, friendly and very efficient. (fwiw, we seriously "over" prepared and had all the documents requested (and copies)). We provided a prepaid FedEx envelope and received our passports back in 3 days! The consular official was a joy to work with too.

I know there is a lot of bureaucracy ahead for us in France (southwestern) but just wanted to give some "good news" and report that the system is capable of remarkably good results.

Now to get everything ready to allez!
 

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Congratulations! I saw in previous posts that you and your wife decided not to go the Passport Talent route. Can I ask what visa you decided to go for? I'm amazed at your quick response time! Do they tell you it will probably be that quick in Houston?

Our appointment at the Chicago consulate to apply for the Passport Talent visa is this coming Monday. We'll see how it goes...I'm not excited about being a guinea pig, but it was really the best fit for us.
 

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We went with the "long term stay/non-worker" visa. Given the type of visa Houston advised (pre-meeting) that if everything was presented and correct it would take 10 business days minimum, post appointment. Luckily, we followed their listed requirements (and then some) and we had a friendly, very pleasant appointment...which lead to our "better than expected results."
Hope all goes great for you guys. Stay positive.
 
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