I will need to apply for a long stay visa as a scientist for a job in France starting May 12th 2014. I am NOT a US citizen, I am from India. I am on an F1 visa right now with an I-20/EAD that expires Aug 2014. One of the requirements for the long stay visa at the Chicago consulate is:
If you are not a US citizen: residency card or valid visa to the United States, I-20, IAP66, advanced parole or any other pertinent documents from INS showing that you may reenter the U.S. + ONE COPY.
Clearly, my I-20/EAD expires in Aug 2014. Will this mean my application for a France long stay visa will be rejected? My US F1 visa expires Nov 2016 but I cannot enter the US on an F1 visa without an I-20! I am not planning on returning to the USA on an F1 visa anyway but is that secondary since I did not meet the requirement?
Does this mean that I will have to apply for a visa back in my home country of India?