Visa for the spouse of a European Union citizen
If you provide a FEDEX envelop to receive your passport at your residence’s address, this envelop MUST mention:
From: your address (NOT the address of the French Consulate)
To: your address
Please note that you are required to book an appointment online to apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in Houston.
No appointment will be given by phone under any circumstances.
PERSONAL APPEARANCE IS COMPULSORY
You have to apply for a Schengen visa but there are a few differences:
the visa is free of charge
You do not need to bring proofs of your professionnal status or your financial means
Instead, please bring your marriage certificate (a translation of your marriage certificate in English or French if it was delivered in any other language than those two) and a proof of European nationality of the spouse (+ copy)
For a stay of more than 3 months, you need a visa to enter and live in France if you are the legal spouse (marriage certificate) or child (under 18y.o.) of a citizen of the European Union.
However, you will have to apply for the residence permit ("carte de séjour pour membre de famille d’un ressortissant européen") within 2 months of entry into France, at the Préfecture of city of residence.
Note that it is always advisable to contact the Préfecture BEFORE leaving the U.S., in order to get a complete list of documents to provide to apply for such permit.