DNA Testing for Immigration

Heated debates about immigration have flooded the news in recent months. Questions and concerns about admitting refugees have been on high, and American immigration policies have been under scrutiny.

We partner with AABB-accredited labs for immigration DNA testing, and that means that we are knowledgeable about biological relationships, and how they are established and confirmed during the process of immigration.

The immigration process ¬†begins with a petition. Here’s how DNA testing fits into everything.

DNA Testing for Immigration Purposes

When is a DNA test necessary for immigration?

DNA testing is a required part of the immigration process when no credible evidence supporting an alleged biological relationship exists between the visa applicant and the petitioner. An applicant can usually provide legal, accepted documentation such as birth certificates and photos.

When this info is absent, however, a Consular Officer will suggest that applicants pursue DNA testing to prove the legitimacy of their stated relationship.

How does DNA testing for immigration work?

If it is determined that DNA testing should be pursued to make the application stronger, both the visa applicant and the petitioner must provide samples to be tested.

Petitioner

The first step for a petitioner is finding an accredited facility, or a collections site that works with an AABB-accredited laboratory such as ARCpoint Labs. The petitioner should then visit the collection site and have a buccal (cheek) swab DNA sample collected. The facility then sends the DNA sample to the lab following all chain of custody procedures to ensure court admissibility and accuracy of test results.

Visa Applicant

The process is a little different for the visa applicant. The AABB-accredited lab the petitioner works with sends the DNA test kit for the applicant to the Consulate in the applicant’s country or to the U.S. Embassy. When the Consulate or Embassy provides the kit, they contact the visa applicant directly, who then arranges payment fo rthe DNA test, and then goes to the Embassy or Consulate to provide a sample.

Results

Once testing is complete, the AABB lab in the U.S. delivers the results to the Embassy or Consulate, and a representative contacts the applicant so his or her application process can continue.

Immigration DNA Testing Collections from ARCpoint Labs

If you need DNA testing for immigration as a petitioner, contact ARCpoint Labs today. We will get the process started with our AABB-accredited partners.

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