I have spent the past six weeks worrying about the fact that my "convention d'acceuil" (necessary for the visa, which is necessary for a vist over three months) has been stalled. I filled out all the forms at ENS-Lyon when I was there in April and it was to go to the prefecture right away, then get sent to me. Weeks passed with no word. I assumed that it was stuck at the prefecture. In fact, it seems to have been on some random desk at ENS-Lyon.
My contacts emailed it to me the day that they received it (July 4), and I have made my appointment with the French Consulate in Chicago for July 10 (the next available set of 5 appointments, as I need one for each of us). Now I just have to hope that everything goes through okay so that I can make my July 16 flight. (I think that might be a long shot, but I'm not changing it yet!)
So now it's just a question of filling out all the forms and getting copies of everything! By nexgt Tuesday afternoon, I should know where I stand.