I have a job offer (as researcher) from a lab in France. The offer was made on the 17th of Jan 2014 and I received the documentation (convention d'accueil) on the 17th of March 2014. I went ahead with my visa interview at the French Consulate General at Chicago on the 24th of March 2014. My job starts in a week's time and I have not yet received my visa!
I have tracked my visa status online and all it shows so far is "under processing". I have even contacted the Consulate via email and the only reply I have received (and I don't blame them for it) is "we will let you know when your visa is ready".
My prospective employer is a little worried about it since there has been a 3-4 month delay in the project starting -- it was to start in January 2014 but will not do so until I get there or (gulp!) they hire someone who can be there in a week!
I suppose the reason for my consternation is obvious. What are my options as far as the immigration/visa side of things go?
I am an Indian citizen on F1/OPT in the USA right now and my OPT period ends 13th of August 2014.