How is an employment (immigrant) visa processed by the United States embassy or consulate?

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At the interview, the consular officer will verify that all required documentation has been provided. Assuming that the consular officer is satisfied, the immigrant visa application is approved and an immigrant visa is placed in the foreign individual’s passport. The visa will be valid for 6 months. The United States embassy or consulate will also provide the foreign individual with a sealed envelope that contains the approved petition, applications and documentation.