Very complicated situation here and for a few moments, I do not know what to say. I am the principal applicant for an EB-5 visa application and my I-526 petition was approved about one week ago. My file will be transferred to NVC and eventually to a US Consulate in China for further processing, the last step of which will be an interview. This process, all things considered, may take at least 6 months. On the other hand, I was accepted into a top program at a prestigious university and school starts in late August. In order to get to school on time, I will have to make an appointment for an F-1 student visa interview before August. For failing to do so would result in an involuntary withdrawal from the program. Now I really fear that I would not be able to get the visa due to dual intentions. But I feel like I really have no choice but must take a chance and see how it goes. I would really like to hear your opinions and suggestions regarding my situation. Thank you for your time. (FYI: former F-1 student, worked under OPT, never over stayed.)
Your set of facts will definitely require the advise of an experienced EB-5 immigration attorney.
Based upon my experience representing Chinese nationals the U.S. Consulate process may take less than 6 months.