The home sale in Arizona closed and we took a whirlwind day trip to Los Angeles for our “interview” at the French Consulate for our long stay visa applications. The paperwork was extensive, but the process at the consulate was relatively quick and painless. You get buzzed in through a side door, check in, wait a bit, walk up to a counter, go through your paperwork with a representative behind a plexiglass barrier, register your fingerprints and pay a fee. Renaud in the consular division helped us and he was friendly and relaxed. We invited him to stay with us in Guadeloupe conditioned, of course, upon our visas not being denied.